Bizarre Bendigo line trips

 
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I have had some truly bizarre trips on the Bendigo line recently, including one when "Brenton's Beloved" ex Castlemaine seemed to be sent into an already occupied Platform 6A, having to reverse out and then almost collecting a shunting Sprinter when finally instructed to proceed again to the platform. But today's trip on the 11.57 ex Castlemaine takes the cake. The already late running service stopped at Diggers Rest to pick up a V Line staffer before making another unscheduled stop at Watergardens to drop of said VLiner. Despite all this and not doubt due to the softly padded timetables we still arrived at SC 1 minute ahead of schedule. Do they not have taxis in Digger's Rest?!?!

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  richter170 Locomotive Driver

Um,

Trains have good safe working practice and they won't come close to each other unless something goes badly wrong.

And why book a taxi for a short fare and waste good tax pay $$$. The train wasn't effected by this in any way.
  richter170 Locomotive Driver

But I won't beat around the bush. Certain Bendigo trains are required to stop at Diggers Rest and Watergardens as a pilot driver is required in this section due to new signals commisioned as part of the calder park stabling siding project.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Um,

Trains have good safe working practice and they won't come close to each other unless something goes badly wrong.

And why book a taxi for a short fare and waste good tax pay $$$. The train wasn't effected by this in any way.
richter170

Judging by the reaction of the pax in the front of our train I would say something went badly wrong.

And why would a Vline staffer need a lift from DR to Watergardens? And BTW that is a legit question because it seemed very odd to me.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
But I won't beat around the bush. Certain Bendigo trains are required to stop at Diggers Rest and Watergardens as a pilot driver is required in this section due to new signals commisioned as part of the calder park stabling siding project.
richter170

Now THAT makes sense. Thanks.
  richter170 Locomotive Driver

The trains stop usually on the down to Bendigo and the up to Melbourne until further notice until either all drivers are qualified or whatever.

So they do make additional stops. But it effects only certain trains.

The other day we didn't stop at Water gardens or Diggers Rest and zoomed through.
  simeyau Locomotive Fireman

Location: Sunbury, Victoria
Trains are stopping at Diggers Rest and Watergardens to pick up and drop off a pilot until V line drivers are qualified on the new signals at Calder Park. As some drivers are based solely on the Bendigo Line it is not necessary for them to have a pilot each time.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
May I ask a dumb question here. It is an inactive siding so far and what is there to be qualified on? A set of points with presumably a normal signal saying go or whoa. Why do drivers need a pilot? They are not guiding a cruise ship through a reef, just one signal.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
May I ask a dumb question here. It is an inactive siding so far and what is there to be qualified on? A set of points with presumably a normal signal saying go or whoa. Why do drivers need a pilot? They are not guiding a cruise ship through a reef, just one signal.
ScottAus

I'm quite sure they redid the signalling.

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