Croydon station platforms are currently being rebuilt to eliminate the TSR for limited clearance. In addition the street network around the station would not support buses running to the station. Another problem is that the Kilkenny level crossing is not signalled for bi-directional operation.
Which section of the South line permitted bi-directional running? The only sizeable length of track in the AdMet network signalled for bi-di that I am aware of was the Brighton - Noarlungs section which was eliminated in the 2013 resignalling.
SteamRanger ran several parallel runs from Millswood towards Belair before standardisation with the new signalling system.
Platform clearances on the Port line have been an issue since the 1920's. Large Webb engines and 900 diesels were restricted and the tight clearance between tracks made it difficult to move track in at the platforms.
Because modern railcars ( sic!) do not have piston cylinders it should not be too difficult to remove width from the platform surface to eliminate the clearance issues.
When Mile End museum was relocated to the Port one engine did not fit and was rerouted via dry Creek.
In addition SteamRanger operated a three loco parallel run between Goodwood and Mile End not long before standardisation.
It does not require resignalling, just minor reprogramming and some organisation.
The streets on the Port Road side of Croydon would be serviced much more quickly then the 45 minute delay experienced by Port line commuters from North Haven, Outer Harbor etc.
What contingency plans are in place for when the River Torrens experiences its 1 in 200 year flood and breaks its banks at the Southwark brewery area?
There are better rail services in third world countries than what is dished up for western suburbs commuters.
Has nobody else noticed that the new electrics are just sufficient to provide the seaford/ tonsley services.
Every rail service in the world that has electrified has experienced 50 to 100% increases in patronage. But Adelaide only provided 20% more seats. Retention of the jumbos would have added 20% more.
In Steam days a seven car Marino or Brighton train provided about 500 seats, bike racks, parcels, etc
but now a three car electric has 222 seats on a maximum immoveable consist.
I understand that some key platforms have been shortened to restrict trains to less than six car sets so you can not match 70 years ago capacities.
The 5.10 to Brighton was for many years the peak loaded train on the system.
Can somebody go back and list capacities of seats in 2017, 1997, 1977, 1957 and 1937.
It would be interesting to see how much capacity has increased over that time.
Are the railways catering for demand or just running trains to suit the railways?
A six car redhen set in original configuration seated 476 with trailer cars
4000 class three car set 222 passengers
3100 class by four cars 452 seated passengers.
Can anybody see an increase in capacity?