Overhead problems bw Newmarket - Essendon this afternoon. My train tripped through the signal at Newmarket, moved slowly to the next auto, tripped through that, and just when we started moving again, it lost all power. There's an overhead section break near this auto, so I figure that's why we stopped there. But it was pretty bad, deliberately tripping into a dead section. We were stuck for 20-30 mins, some people bailed, some people smoked on the gangway (lucky it was a Comeng, would have been extremely unpleasant in a Siemens).
We eventually moved on, very slowly, but then the motors, lights, ac etc cut out around the next section break, it seemed like we were only being pulled by the lead motor into Ascot Vale, where I got off. Then saw all the pantos except the lead collapse, doors beeping continually, most lights + ac off... The pantos eventually went back up again and it seemed to move on ok.
We weren't the only train affected, there's some pretty interesting replies to this Metro tweet:
esp "pax stranded on a peak loaded train with doors open on a railway bridge, over a road & live tram overheads = big risk.", "Yes you have a power issue... Train is no longer a train"
Hey, at least nothing came up through the floor....