Early afternoon Empty cars from Bacchus Marsh?

 
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
A question I didn't really know where to put, so forgive me if this is the wrong spot...

Lately I have noticed there has been a regular UP empty cars movement from Bacchus Marsh. It tends to run most, if not all weekdays during the early afternoon as an N class loco hauling a 6 car H set. Today for instance it was seen through Rockbank at about 1340.  

What I'm wandering is, why? As far as I knew all Loco hauled sets that stable overnight at Bacchus Marsh leave in the AM peak, stable at Spencer St, then return in the PM peak and stable overnight, so what is this set doing down in Bacchus Marsh during the middle of the workday?

By the way I don't know for certain that Bacchus Marsh is where the train is coming from, but I can't see it being anywhere else on that line.

Any info would be great.

Sponsored advertisement

  SN7 Chief Commissioner

There are now several empty daytime movements between  Southern Cross and Bacchus Marsh due to the closure of many roads in the yard at Southern Cross for the RRL plant  storage. The locos and cars run there to get them out of the way in town.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There are now several empty daytime movements between  Southern Cross and Bacchus Marsh due to the closure of many roads in the yard at Southern Cross for the RRL plant  storage. The locos and cars run there to get them out of the way in town.
SN7

And Totty Yard is not an option?

RRL plant storage?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I was aware of Geelong being used for this purpose but not Bacchus Marsh. Seems a long way to go just for stabling purposes.It seems a bit of a waste, what's wrong with Tottenham Yard, or Newport?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Presumably Vline don't own (or control) any tracks at Totty. Possibly not at Newport either.  Isn't privatisation a wonderful thing?  Not only are the accountants removing all flexibility from the system by closing down or removing anything they consider as surplus, the split amongst the various different operators has meant it costs money to use tracks which are obvious to all.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have been so advised Vline now run Tottenham Yard. However, I do take your point.  The system is a bunch of silos with now way around issues anymore. It is now a patchwork not a network.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Welcome to the world of privatised rail!  Victoria is following hot on the heels of the British example which is now regarded as significantly flawed but too far down the track (own intended) to recall.

What was sold to the pollies as a cost-saving exercise ends up costing far more in the long term when situations like this arise and the nearest convenient siding cannot be used because it is controlled by someone other than the person trying to use it.

I've said it before but logic and railways simply don't seem to go together.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
I have been so advised Vline now run Tottenham Yard.
bevans
If so, why don't they use it?  Surely would be more cost effective than running empty trains to/from Bacchus Marsh?

Maybe they are worried about their passenger cars becoming "decorated" by the local ferals?
  712M Chief Commissioner

Stuff Tottenham, I don't see why V/Line don't just recruit a couple of new conductors and run those sets with passengers during the off-peak and give Geelong and Melton a decent service.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
If so, why don't they use it?  Surely would be more cost effective than running empty trains to/from Bacchus Marsh?

Maybe they are worried about their passenger cars becoming "decorated" by the local ferals?
Lad_Porter

It would be an easy target for graffiti. What is the point of Tottenham yard anyway? Just a graveyard for old wagons.
  outwest Junior Train Controller

It would be an easy target for graffiti. What is the point of Tottenham yard anyway? Just a graveyard for old wagons.
ScottAus

The Marsh has a 24 hour security guard on duty.
  gomer Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Hi, The reason three passes run to Bacchus Marsh every weekday is the three back roads in the bank sidings at Spencer st are booked out  to construct the new ladder roads for the RRL at Franklin St.
The reason they go to Bacchus Marsh is simple all drivers are qualified and the train paths work. To use Tottenham yard would require trains to run via Bunbury St tunnel (not all drivers qualified) and the Union would have to tick off the yard which takes time.
Cheers

Sponsored advertisement

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.