Observations (Transperth, A & B series)

 
  Mortz.au Beginner

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Hi all!
Been ages since I've perused the forum!

Anyway -- saw the aftermath what looked like a shunting accident at the Claisebrook yard this morning involving set 22 and another (as I passed on a Perth-bound service).  Front windows of both adjacent cabs were shattered / fallen in, and there appeared to be some damage near the coupler on the second set (white surrounding panel on the cab).
On my way back home again, set 22 was in one of the sheds (though powered on).  Anyone know something more?

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  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Hi all!
Been ages since I've perused the forum!

Anyway -- saw the aftermath what looked like a shunting accident at the Claisebrook yard this morning involving set 22 and another (as I passed on a Perth-bound service).  Front windows of both adjacent cabs were shattered / fallen in, and there appeared to be some damage near the coupler on the second set (white surrounding panel on the cab).
On my way back home again, set 22 was in one of the sheds (though powered on).  Anyone know something more?
Mortz.au
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

So 10 more are needed, but 13 are ordered. Do we know what the extras will be used for - frequency increase, running on other lines, extra spares? Or will they be needed when Aubin Grove opens? (Though with a 15-17 minute layover at Butler on the current timetable, wouldn't it be possible to add Aubin Grove in with just a timetable change and no increase to the round-trip time?)
Mouse
2 sets were supposed to be on the strength of Aubin Grove station, but I would have thought some smart timetabling (e.g. adjusting layovers and perhaps some more C pattern services) would be able to create an extra train instead.

Hopefully we'll soon see the end of 3 car trains in the middle of the peak. Expecting people to fit into 50% of the space of other trains is just not realistic. It increases station dwell time and is no fun for the passengers.
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

So 10 more are needed, but 13 are ordered. Do we know what the extras will be used for - frequency increase, running on other lines, extra spares? Or will they be needed when Aubin Grove opens? (Though with a 15-17 minute layover at Butler on the current timetable, wouldn't it be possible to add Aubin Grove in with just a timetable change and no increase to the round-trip time?)
Mouse
2 sets were supposed to be on the strength of Aubin Grove station, but I would have thought some smart timetabling (e.g. adjusting layovers and perhaps some more C pattern services) would be able to create an extra train instead.

Hopefully we'll soon see the end of 3 car trains in the middle of the peak. Expecting people to fit into 50% of the space of other trains is just not realistic. It increases station dwell time and is no fun for the passengers.
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

In response to Mortz.au

It was sets 22 & 37 which had a low speed collision whilst being shunted around Claisebrook railcar depot, both have been covered with a tarp to protect them from the elements, set 02 is currently in G.O (general overhaul) My guess is that once work is complete on set 02 repair works will start on either 22 or 37 if works havent already started.
  Greenwood Station Beginner

Location: Perth
2 sets were supposed to be on the strength of Aubin Grove station, but I would have thought some smart timetabling (e.g. adjusting layovers and perhaps some more C pattern services) would be able to create an extra train instead.

Hopefully we'll soon see the end of 3 car trains in the middle of the peak. Expecting people to fit into 50% of the space of other trains is just not realistic. It increases station dwell time and is no fun for the passengers.
Northmetro
The Aubin Grove fact sheet specifically mentions services terminating at Cockburn Central will not extend to Aubin Grove, which may have been a plausible reason for the extra sets. From memory when Greenwood opened, times for all subsequent stations along the line were just pushed back by 1 minute. Peak layovers at each end of the Mandurah/Joondalup lines are already about 7-8 minutes which is quite sufficient to cater for an extra stop along the way.
  Mortz.au Beginner

Location: Perth, Western Australia
In response to Mortz.au

It was sets 22 & 37 which had a low speed collision whilst being shunted around Claisebrook railcar depot, both have been covered with a tarp to protect them from the elements, set 02 is currently in G.O (general overhaul) My guess is that once work is complete on set 02 repair works will start on either 22 or 37 if works havent already started.
thewaratahtrain
Ah thanks for the info.
I spotted both (damaged) sets in the open today (22 was on its' own in the morning).
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

Set 103 now in service
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Sets 080-094 have all now been converted one would presume that set 49 would be the next set to be upgraded.
  anuddernut Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the beach
Went to the Dr Who Orchestral Concert last night at the Arena.  After the event special trains were rostered leaving Perth at about 10:30pm.  When the B set Mandurah bound train arrived at the Underground the Desto read TARDIS.  It caused a bit of mirth on the platform.  I don't know who organised it, but it was certainly from left field.

A Dr Who observation
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Just had a call from Dad. Seems Transperth completely underestimated the crowds for the giants. Been waiting at Glendalough with 100 other people. 3 trains arrived overcrowded with no room to get on.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

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Transperth's Live Train Times system is showing 4-car A sets running to Mandurah this evening.
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

Just had a call from Dad. Seems Transperth completely underestimated the crowds for the giants. Been waiting at Glendalough with 100 other people. 3 trains arrived overcrowded with no room to get on.
Wallip
My observation was that a lot of people travelling at the weekend were not as well versed in public transport courtesy as regular commuters are. Things such as wheeling a pram into the doorway and staying there could be seen. Moving away from the doors and spreading evenly along the platform were difficult to achieve. And of course parents with young children are inevitably less mobile than our regular Monday-Friday commuters.

Noticed a few Whitords-Cockburn shuttles, but they weren't running regularly every 15 minutes.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

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And now there's a B set down at Armadale?!

Anyone out there know why this has happened?

Some unusual workings of late...
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Set 50 was on Armadale/Thornlie on friday, set 67 was on Armadale/Thornlie on Monday, a few A sets have been out of service lately sets 02 (refurb), 22 (accident repair), 25 (new power bogies), 37 (accident repair), & 42 (refurb) sets 25/37 are now back in service on Fremantle/Midland as a 4CAR set their was an unknown B set on Midland on Sunday morning
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
060 has now been upgraded with new destos.
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Yep set 060 has been upgraded, set 02 is now back in traffic following refurb, sets 22 & 37 have both been repaired and are now back in traffic, set 22 re-entered tradfic yesterday and is coupled to set 05, set 42 has gone into refurb
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Looks like there is possibly another new C Series being transferred from Midland to Nowergup tonight.
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

B series set #105 was collected and take. Up at to Nowergup A series sets 21 & 39 collected the set from platform 2 at Midland station so their was a 7CAR set on the network, the C series haven't been announced yet
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Went past Nowergup railcar depot yesterday up to Butler and saw that B series class leader set 049 has been upgraded not sure if she's been fully refurbished was parked in front of set 104 being detailed also saw that set 061 has also been upgraded they should be out for Monday morning's peak period, the new kid in town set 105 was parked in the DMU siding.

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The telethon 7 Perth freeway bike hike for Asthma is on again next Sunday, trains will be reconfigured to fit more bikes operating at a 15 minute frequency after 9:30AM until 1:08PM




From the event: Bikes will not be permitted in Perth Underground Station after the event. Telethon Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma participants must use the Esplanade station
In addition to timetabled services, the following special event trains will operate from Esplanade Station. They will be configured to fit more bikes and will only stop as follows:
Joondalup Line:
Departs Esplanade Station at 8.47am, 8.58am, 9.13am and 9.28am and then every 15 minutes until 1.01pm. Stops at Stirling, Whitfords and Currambine stations only.
Mandurah Line:
Departs Esplanade Station at 8.53am, 9.08am, 9.23am and 9.38am and then every 15 minutes until 1.08pm. Stops at Murdoch and Kwinana stations only.
Please note: After the event, Telethon Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma participants are strongly encouraged to use special event services which travel express to Stirling, Whitfords and Currambine as well as Bull Creek and Kwinana, and not timetabled services.
For more information visit the Transperth website at [color=#008cff]www.transperth.wa.gov.au or call the Transperth InfoLine at 13 62 13.[/color]
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Bikes will not be permitted in Perth Underground Station after the event. Telethon Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma participants must use the Esplanade station
thewaratahtrain
Yes, another one of those great government cost saving exercises. install elevators that are too small for bicycles, along with the imported escalators that continue to break down.

I did this a few years ago, and to get home had to get off at Esplanade and get back to the Main Perth Station to catch the train to Midland. Its not much, but really annoying.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

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051 has been upgraded.
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

So has 049, 056, 057 & 060, took a ride up to Butler yesterday and saw that 55 will be the next set to be upgraded to B3 standard, 106 was delivered last night. 104 apparently has a serious issue, 105 will be in service very soon I've been told
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Set 105 was out for a shakedown run today stopping all stations, but no picking up passengers on a run from Clarkson to Midland, to Fremantle and back to Clarkson.
Will post a couple of pics tomorrow.

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