Melbourne Suburban Disruptions (Since Metro Introduction)

 
  joffie Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The Age is reporting the Stony Point line will be closed until further notice.

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  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
The Age is reporting the Stony Point line will be closed until further notice.
joffie

There are multiple issues with the Stony Point line.

Tyabb level crossing has not functioned as it should on some occasions over recent months and years and failed to do so again resulting in services being suspended on Monday with the sprinters at the "country" end of the line.  My understanding is that the driver did not receive the required confirmation that the road lights and bells were working and therefore stopped, reported this, was advised to whistle and cross at caution if clear and therefore did so.

The units were brought back at night when road traffic is very light.

Passenger services have not run since being replaced by buses; buses were in use long-term anyway for a few trips.

Splitting of the two sprinters has not been permitted for many months allegedly due to the unreliability of a single car triggering crossing predictors correctly.  Those trips where two cars work one way, split then work separate return trips before recouping have been covered by buses for most of this year and on many previous occasions.

There are frequent problems with the axle counters which has been ongoing since their introduction.  Single-car operation is also said by some staff to cause issues here.

It seems the heavyweight Long Island trains do activate Tyabb level crossing correctly since these have continued to run.  An "engineering solution" is being sought to ensure sprinters activate the crossing predictors correctly every time.  The issue might be leaves or millipedes on the line; both have occurred and disrupted services before and neither is an insuperable problem.  Or it may be something else.

Either way the Stony Point line is yet again subjected to medium-term bus operation with consequent delays and missed ferry connections.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Is it possible that Sprinters may also not trigger other forms of signalling?
(Or haven't we thought of that yet?)
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Craigieburn line closed due to a truck hitting the rail bridge in Essendon.  The truck is on its side.

  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Craigieburn line closed due to a truck hitting the rail bridge in Essendon.  The truck is on its side.

NSWGR8022
Trains moving again now.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Fatality of frankston line ? Trains not running between mordialloc and frankston.
  712M Chief Commissioner

That would be the planned weekend shutdown due to works relating to the Bayside Rail Project
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Around 1:30ish  a plastic bag was/is stuck in the wires at Ringwood so all services are using the island platform.
  712M Chief Commissioner

Cheltenham - Mordialloc and Footscray - Newport were knocked out this afternoon peak.
  712M Chief Commissioner

Caulfield Group is almost completely down tonight with only Frankston - Mordialloc and Dandenong - Oakleigh operating as trains owing to signal problems at Caulfield and planned works down of Dandenong. Hopefully this will be rectified by tomorrow's morning peak!

Sandringham is currently the only line on the health board showing 'Good Service'. There are no City Loop trains on the Northern and Burnley groups, Clifton Hill group is being bused between Clifton Hill and Parliament and the Stony Point is of course still being bused.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Significant delays across the rail network this morning.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The Metro Network is is crisis again this morning.  Canbourne Line shutdown after boom gates at 4 level crossings between Dandenong and Cranbourne have been stuck down for hours.

Signalling issues in the north near Roxborough Park have cancelled all Metro Trains on the Sunbury Line.  Imagine also have some affect on Vline services.
  Bethungra Train Controller

Metro lines down again today. 23rd July 2015.

Werribee is down with buses. The news reporting vandals are now attacking signal control boxes on the network.  The outages are a result of carefully targeted vandals who are set on disrupting the system as much as possible.

From the Metro Trains website

Travel Alert
23 Jul 7:47 - 8:15

Customers travelling from Altona Loop stations:  First train departing Laverton via Altona Loop will be the 8:22am service.  Replacement buses may depart earlier from Altona Loop stations.

Travel Alert
23 Jul 7:43 - 8:09

The 7:32am Flinders Street to Laverton has been cancelled.

Minor Delays
23 Jul 7:37 - 9:37

Trains between Laverton and Newport have resumed after a signalling fault was fixed near Newport.  Trains may be delayed by up to 15 minutes as we recover the timetable. Please listen for announcements or speak to Metro customer service staff for more information.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The outages are a result of carefully targeted vandals who are set on disrupting the system as much as possible.
"Bethungra"
I'd like the vandals carefully targeted in the cross hairs of a sniper rifle.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Trains have resumed running after a truck hit the  Napier Street bridge near Footscray. Maintenance staff have checked the bridge for any damage and given the all clear. Metro anticipate delays up to 10 minutes as we recover the timetable.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Anyone aware of what the issues were last night on the Clifton Hill Group.  From 8pm trains we terminating at McLeod (Hurstbridge) or Keon Park on the South Morang Line.  This was due (by way of announcement) to emergency services issues on the line.

Buses replaced trains from these locations to South Morang and from McLeod to Hurstbridge.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sunbury line shut account a death. https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/sunbury-trains-suspended-due-to-rail-death
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/railway-sleeper-at-southern-cross-station-catches-fire-20160118-gm8az7.html

A railway sleeper at Southern Cross Station is on fire, forcing trains from several lines to skip the station.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade is on scene, and have headed onto the tracks to try to extinguish the blaze.
Somebody

What happened to the old days when we just tipped a bucket of water on it.

And don't get me started on using the term blaze to describe a sleeper fire!
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Sleeper Fire?

About 25 years ago, R707 had arrived back at Spencer Street (note previous sensible name) after a day out with a train consisting of cars from the pass yard. Despite repeated radio calls by the driver ( long deceased, but no names ) for the pass yard pilot to take the cars off, nothing happened. With a muttered, "This'll fix 'em", our driver radioed to I know not where, announced that he was running low on water, and that if he wasn't out of there in about five minutes, he was going to drop the fire right where he stood. Amazing just how quickly the pass yard pilot could move!
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
There is also a major disruption tonight at glenhuntly according to my son.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
FrankstonSuspended • 43 minutes agoBuses will be replacing all trains between Caulfield and Moorabbin due to a person being hit by a train.  Please allow extra travel time (as buses may take some time to arrive), consider delaying travel or use alternative transport

  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/railway-sleeper-at-southern-cross-station-catches-fire-20160118-gm8az7.html

A railway sleeper at Southern Cross Station is on fire, forcing trains from several lines to skip the station.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade is on scene, and have headed onto the tracks to try to extinguish the blaze.

What happened to the old days when we just tipped a bucket of water on it.

And don't get me started on using the term blaze to describe a sleeper fire!
lkernan
Agree, but where to get the bucket without someone injuring themselves carrying it.
Don't worry Elvis is on his way from Essendon and will drown the burning/smouldering (?) sleeper and 1,000s of passengers too.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Agree, but where to get the bucket without someone injuring themselves carrying it.
YM-Mundrabilla
Simple - you fill in a Requisition. This is then passed through OH&S, Finance, Stores and Transport, before retracing its steps to where it came in.
The bucket will be delivered in an estimated 3 to 4 weeks, and an Induction course will be held to teach the appointed Bucketer how to handle it.
The Bucketer must then undergo training in the use of the tap, and exactly where to place the bucket for maximum effect.
The filled bucket will then be weighed, the appropriate OH&S rule found, and sufficient Assistant Bucketers will be appointed to carry it so that YM-Mundrabilla's concern about injury is fully covered.
By now, it will be found that some enterprising person emptied the kettle on to the sleeper about a month ago, and the fire is out.
The Bucket Team must then return the water to the tap to avoid wastage, and return the bucket to whence it came, complete with the applicable form stating clearly why the thing is no longer needed.
An internal enquiry will then be convened to get to the bottom of it all, and the enquiry will conclude that nobody is responsible.
Two hundred copies of the Minutes of the enquiry will then be distributed to prove that work is actually taking place.

(And yes; I have been influenced by the Goons and Monty Python.)
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Agree, but where to get the bucket without someone injuring themselves carrying it.
Simple - you fill in a Requisition. This is then passed through OH&S, Finance, Stores and Transport, before retracing its steps to where it came in.
The bucket will be delivered in an estimated 3 to 4 weeks, and an Induction course will be held to teach the appointed Bucketer how to handle it.
The Bucketer must then undergo training in the use of the tap, and exactly where to place the bucket for maximum effect.
The filled bucket will then be weighed, the appropriate OH&S rule found, and sufficient Assistant Bucketers will be appointed to carry it so that YM-Mundrabilla's concern about injury is fully covered.
By now, it will be found that some enterprising person emptied the kettle on to the sleeper about a month ago, and the fire is out.
The Bucket Team must then return the water to the tap to avoid wastage, and return the bucket to whence it came, complete with the applicable form stating clearly why the thing is no longer needed.
An internal enquiry will then be convened to get to the bottom of it all, and the enquiry will conclude that nobody is responsible.
Two hundred copies of the Minutes of the enquiry will then be distributed to prove that work is actually taking place.

(And yes; I have been influenced by the Goons and Monty Python.)
Valvegear
An accurate summation. Smile

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