Prayer is asking for a Hitachi, faith is carrying the camera

 
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

I have a spare blowtorch.........

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  MrToastyy Locomotive Driver

Location: Werribee
since Monday noticed that hitachi 288m....273m is gone and now hitachi 294m...299m is stabled in its place does anyone know what is happening with them because has the current order of xtrapolis trains maybe taken the hitachis place and so maybe they will be retired? its starting to P*** me off seeing them stabled and not moving Sad
hitachi69
Newport workshops perhaps?
  VRcommando Junior Train Controller

Location: VOZ
Metro has now retired them. You will not be seeing Hitachi's on the rails again.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
Metro has now retired them. You will not be seeing Hitachi's on the rails again.
VRcommando
Unfortunate, but it had to happen eventually I suppose. Just glad I got one final trip on them before they were given the flick and put out to pasture (again...).

Wolfpac
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Metro has now retired them. You will not be seeing Hitachi's on the rails again.
VRcommando
How sad. I never went to Hurstbridge (but I went as far as Eltham), Pakenham, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Werribee (but I went as far as Aircraft) and Upfield in Hitachis. Are any of the Hitachis going to be kept for heritage?

Also, how did you know?
  VRcommando Junior Train Controller

Location: VOZ
There is some talk of elecrail and a hitachi but I am not sure of the details. I didn't know until my sources confirmed it today. They are official.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
There is some talk of elecrail and a hitachi but I am not sure of the details. I didn't know until my sources confirmed it today. They are official.
VRcommando
I'm pretty sure Elecrail own one of the hitachi's used by Metro.
  MrToastyy Locomotive Driver

Location: Werribee
they could just be fixing them up? didn't connex do the same, took them out service for a few months and ended up coming back with a few more brought back sets?
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
they could just be fixing them up? didn't connex do the same, took them out service for a few months and ended up coming back with a few more brought back sets?
MrToastyy
You would think this would have to be it, finally, with the new EMU stock coming online recently...

Wolfpac
  MrToastyy Locomotive Driver

Location: Werribee
You would think this would have to be it, finally, with the new EMU stock coming online recently...

Wolfpac
wolfpac
they defiantly wouldn't bring back more Hitachi sets because of the new x'trapolis sets coming into service, but they should really keep them, with all the problems the new fleet have..... breaking issues which we're solved for Siemens, speed restrictions, etc.. Hitachis and Comengs would have to be the most reliable sets we've had
  hitachi69 Locomotive Driver

hey guys can any of you send me sources of the hitachi's being "retired" because i'm curious to see what they have to say regarding the future of them. also if any of you guys are interest hitachi 294m-299m is sitting at the former sight of epping station
  Westernport Assistant Commissioner

Location: Not In Service
Until there's something official released from Metro, PTV or whatever the relevant authority is, then realistically the demise of the Hitachi fleet is still open to interpretation.

I find it rather hard to believe that the reliability of the train fleet has suddenly improved so much so that they are not required for daily use, especially considering that there are still train fault-related cancellations still occurring on the network. The fact that they are increasingly unreliable and the spares pool is all but completely depleted indicates a more than likely withdrawal from service.

What has been published elsewhere on another forum is just hearsay and nothing more than that. As I've said, unless there's an official line in the sand, it's still very much open to interpretation.
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Until there's something official released from Metro, PTV or whatever the relevant authority is, then realistically the demise of the Hitachi fleet is still open to interpretation.

I find it rather hard to believe that the reliability of the train fleet has suddenly improved so much so that they are not required for daily use, especially considering that there are still train fault-related cancellations still occurring on the network. The fact that they are increasingly unreliable and the spares pool is all but completely depleted indicates a more than likely withdrawal from service.
"Westernport"

Correct, withdrawing the Hitachis doesn't necessarily mean less breakdowns. Once I had to get off a defective Comeng.
  GvhftrKijl Locomotive Driver

Location: ERD
Once I had to get off a defective Comeng.
"mattylovestrains"


Once I knocked out a defective Siemens and another time I knocked out a defective X'Trapolis.
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Once I knocked out a defective Siemens and another time I knocked out a defective X'Trapolis.
"GvhftrKijl"

Just shows that you can't say the Hitachis are "by far" the most unreliable trains.

I think I may have the record of most Hitachi rides in 2011-2013, and I only once had to get off a defective one.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Until there's something official released from Metro, PTV or whatever the relevant authority is, then realistically the demise of the Hitachi fleet is still open to interpretation.

I find it rather hard to believe that the reliability of the train fleet has suddenly improved so much so that they are not required for daily use, especially considering that there are still train fault-related cancellations still occurring on the network. The fact that they are increasingly unreliable and the spares pool is all but completely depleted indicates a more than likely withdrawal from service.

What has been published elsewhere on another forum is just hearsay and nothing more than that. As I've said, unless there's an official line in the sand, it's still very much open to interpretation.
Westernport
Yes ok its just what I read.
  Melbournesparks Chief Commissioner

Location: City of Eltham
294M and friends ran empty to Eltham from Epping today.



Now stabled at Eltham.
  Henry Herby

Location: Victoria
The hitachi's get a run every Saturday between Hurstbridge - South Morang and return.

There is a 6 car set stabled at Epping - Eltham - Craigieburn - Newport (x2)
  Vlad Drac Station Master

Location: Under the tracks near patterson station
295-296, 281-282m seems to have been gathering dust in the Newport workshops for quite a while now. Last time I rode on one I didn't appreciate it enough and now sadly I may never get to travel on one again. It's as if my longtime girlfriend died after leaving for work one morning and and my lasts words to her were 'pick us up a slab on the way home would ya love'
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Find where they're stabled, look at the footy specials originating from that location and try your luck. I've been told they're not retiring them, yet, but using them solely for weekend and footy specials work. ELTHAM (although the footy special usually originates from Macleod), EPPING, where else currently hiding?

Reading outside the lines and looking at it dispassionately, I can see the operator would prefer them to not be used at all (they can be a rolling road block) but kept as a sort of back up. Footy specials don't exist as far as on time running / services delivered results exist and this way they will probably get moved at least once a week.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
295-296, 281-282m seems to have been gathering dust in the Newport workshops for quite a while now. Last time I rode on one I didn't appreciate it enough and now sadly I may never get to travel on one again. It's as if my longtime girlfriend died after leaving for work one morning and and my lasts words to her were 'pick us up a slab on the way home would ya love'
Vlad Drac

That made me laugh -

You tend to forget that every Siemens and Xtrapolis you see now was once a Hitachi and now they're nearly all gone for good (out of regular revenue service anyway), most of them chopped up into scrap or sitting around as chook sheds in the back blocks.
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

Hitachi fleet are not going any where just yet from what i'm told , while they have been limited to what services they can run they are not tecnicaly completly withdrawn from service , with another new time table comming in later this year they would be mad to get rid of them just yet , As i understand once withdrawn that they will be stored for a period of time
The set currently at Epping seems to always be powered up
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

Hitachi fleet are not going any where just yet from what i'm told , while they have been limited to what services they can run they are not tecnicaly completly withdrawn from service , with another new time table comming in later this year they would be mad to get rid of them just yet , As i understand once withdrawn that they will be stored for a period of time
The set currently at Epping seems to always be powered up
Bills_Billboards

The set that was parked on thr former station site at Epping has been moved not sure if still in the yard though
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Hitachi fleet are not going any where just yet from what i'm told , while they have been limited to what services they can run they are not tecnicaly completly withdrawn from service , with another new time table comming in later this year they would be mad to get rid of them just yet , As i understand once withdrawn that they will be stored for a period of time
The set currently at Epping seems to always be powered up
Bills_Billboards
When was this new timetable announced?

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