Melbourne Suburban Disruptions (Since Metro Introduction)

 
  712M Chief Commissioner

Pakenham/Gippsland line suspended between Dandenong and Berwick for the evening peak tonight. Sadly due to another level crossing accident.

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  lynwill Station Staff

Location: Melbourne
Was just caught up in Webb St in Narre Warren and there is Police tape and a guy walking around in the white top-to-toe overalls. Surely it's more like a death??

I used to work there and in all my years on the rails, we never cordoned off with Police tape because of a fault!
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
News reports are that a person was hit:

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/person-hit-by-train-at-narre-warren-pakenham-line-suspended-20160916-gri2bs.html

Sadly the odds are not in their favour.
  712M Chief Commissioner

Lots of line suspensions over the course of today due to trees blocking tracks and power issues, in addition to already planned works. All lines except Lilydale and Stony Point were affected.

Bus companies would have been flat out trying to cover these sections.



















  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
News reports a major level crossing incident on the south Morang line. Trains only running to bell from the Melbourne loop. Buses between bell and south Morang.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The incident is at Preston.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Many issues today including Frankston line fatality.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Major power failure in the City Loop this morning: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-14/melbourne-trains-stuck-city-loop-dark-power-fault-victoria/8118942

What a shambles!
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Major power failure in the City Loop this morning: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-14/melbourne-trains-stuck-city-loop-dark-power-fault-victoria/8118942

What a shambles!
Carnot
It's an Outage Twisted Evil
  Mikey127 Junior Train Controller

Major power failure in the City Loop this morning: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-14/melbourne-trains-stuck-city-loop-dark-power-fault-victoria/8118942

What a shambles!
Carnot
I was on the train that got stuck between Parliament and Flinders St. I wasn't starting work till 11 so thought I would take a trip down to Werribee and was just getting a train from Parliament to flinders to change trains. my trip to Werribee didn't happen and I got to work at 10:59 after boarding a train at parliament at 8:17.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
These days it's harder to get problems fixed quickly due to the lack of available staff, specialisation of roles and protocols. That won't change. What does need to improve is communication.
Most people can accept reasonable disruptions as long as they're informed promptly and regularly.
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Knowledge is power and thus the people on the ground / at the coal face are usually the last to know. Best bet is to take to twitter or tune into whatever it is that the young knowledgeable folk do.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
These days it's harder to get problems fixed quickly due to the lack of available staff, specialisation of roles and protocols. That won't change. What does need to improve is communication.
Most people can accept reasonable disruptions as long as they're informed promptly and regularly.
Groundrelay
'These days it's harder to get problems fixed quickly due to the lack of available staff, specialisation of roles and protocols.'

Added to the above is the fact that so many staff know nothing beyond their immediate task - they have not progressed through the ranks, learning and being mentored by experienced people along the way. They, therefore, have no experience outside the specific job for which they were employed and can only be of very limited use in times of disruption.

Gone are the days when station staff could throw a bucket of water on a burning sleeper. Now we will have fire engine or two plus an ambulance in case someone on the platform is overcome by SEEING smoke.!
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Gone are the days when station staff could throw a bucket of water on a burning sleeper. Now we will have fire engine or two plus an ambulance in case someone on the platform is overcome by SEEING smoke.!
YM-Mundrabilla
Somewhat off topic, but I remember a large country station back in the VR days, where the emergency firefighting equipment was a string of red buckets which had to be kept full of water, and the emergency lighting was a cupboard full of rather nice old kerosene lamps (managed to score one before they disappeared).
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Gone are the days when station staff could throw a bucket of water on a burning sleeper. Now we will have fire engine or two plus an ambulance in case someone on the platform is overcome by SEEING smoke.!
Somewhat off topic, but I remember a large country station back in the VR days, where the emergency firefighting equipment was a string of red buckets which had to be kept full of water, and the emergency lighting was a cupboard full of rather nice old kerosene lamps (managed to score one before they disappeared).
Lad_Porter
Pretty much standard when I was a kid. Those were the days when the fire buckets just hung on hooks on the platform fence, the platform seats were loose and the platform lights worked and if they didn't the SM/Station Assistant would take the office stool and some globes and replace them.

These days to fix the platform lights:
There is almost always no one to report the defect.
We wait for Metro to spend some money in a moment of madness.
We need am electrician and his offsider, two safety officers, 8 witches hats, an elevating platform and a truck to deliver it.
Probably a total occupation in case the elevating platform runs off the platform and into the pit.
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Gone are the days when station staff could throw a bucket of water on a burning sleeper. Now we will have fire engine or two plus an ambulance in case someone on the platform is overcome by SEEING smoke.!
Somewhat off topic, but I remember a large country station back in the VR days, where the emergency firefighting equipment was a string of red buckets which had to be kept full of water, and the emergency lighting was a cupboard full of rather nice old kerosene lamps (managed to score one before they disappeared).
Pretty much standard when I was a kid. Those were the days when the fire buckets just hung on hooks on the platform fence, the platform seats were loose and the platform lights worked and if they didn't the SM/Station Assistant would take the office stool and some globes and replace them.

These days to fix the platform lights:
There is almost always no one to report the defect.
We wait for Metro to spend some money in a moment of madness.
We need am electrician and his offsider, two safety officers, 8 witches hats, an elevating platform and a truck to deliver it.
Probably a total occupation in case the elevating platform runs off the platform and into the pit.
YM-Mundrabilla
Don't you also need an engineer to plan the job and a manager to oversight the workforce?.  Oh and his/her/PA.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Gone are the days when station staff could throw a bucket of water on a burning sleeper. Now we will have fire engine or two plus an ambulance in case someone on the platform is overcome by SEEING smoke.!
Somewhat off topic, but I remember a large country station back in the VR days, where the emergency firefighting equipment was a string of red buckets which had to be kept full of water, and the emergency lighting was a cupboard full of rather nice old kerosene lamps (managed to score one before they disappeared).
Pretty much standard when I was a kid. Those were the days when the fire buckets just hung on hooks on the platform fence, the platform seats were loose and the platform lights worked and if they didn't the SM/Station Assistant would take the office stool and some globes and replace them.

These days to fix the platform lights:
There is almost always no one to report the defect.
We wait for Metro to spend some money in a moment of madness.
We need am electrician and his offsider, two safety officers, 8 witches hats, an elevating platform and a truck to deliver it.
Probably a total occupation in case the elevating platform runs off the platform and into the pit.
Don't you also need an engineer to plan the job and a manager to oversight the workforce?.  Oh and his/her/PA.
Boss
Sorry, I forgot the engineer and his/her PA.
I also forgot that the globes needed were out of stock...............
Perhaps I need a PA. Smile
  calt Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
No loudspeaker information for passengers looking around for the missing train either...

This. Never ending multiple announcements and people talking over each other on a stupidly loud PA.
But when something goes wrong, total silence.
Madjikthise
From my prev experience, some SO (control room people) have total disrespect for platform staff making announcements and are useless in regular ops Razz
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

An interesting disruption at Carnegie this evening.  Apparently the platform there was damaged by a piling rig and this has made a meal of Cranbourne, Pakenham, and Gippsland services...
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Yes.  When I went through just before 6pm last night we were stop/start and walking pace from Caulfield to Carnegie.  The big plant was very close to the track (ie 10 - 20 cm from train) and lots of hi-vis types waiting for us to pass. Later around 7pm: No Trains. My daughter was off-loaded at Armadale as they were trying to arrange busses.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Sandringham line will be suspended for over 24 hours after overhead wire drama at Brighton Beach last night. A couple of Vline sprinters had to drag the metro train out!

That's resourceful I suppose...
  Carnot Chief Commissioner
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
An interesting disruption at Carnegie this evening.  Apparently the platform there was damaged by a piling rig and this has made a meal of Cranbourne, Pakenham, and Gippsland services...
Carnot

Ouch!
  Mikey127 Junior Train Controller

An unattended dog was on the Williamstown train I caught on Monday morning. Just walking up and down the carriages. A metro customer service guy got on at Seddon and asked the dog if he had touched on and then asked if anyone owned it before getting off at Yarraville. THink he may have locked it somewhere in the station temporalily as when I was coming back I could here the sound of barking coming from the platform at yarraville.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Today, I saw more track maintenance between Sydney Central station and Granville than I have seen in the last five years  in all of Melbourne. It reinforces my view that the words "Preventative Maintenance" are considered blasphemous at PTV and Metro.

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