Melbourne Suburban Disruptions (Since Metro Introduction)

 
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Trains are back after 3 weeks of chaos. Now we are Stuck outside Caulfield. Driver advised it will be a slow trip to city as there are “bad signalling faults”.
Remember after the last big outage they didn’t replace the overhead properly and a train pulled it down.
Perhaps they need a QA plan or decent project plan with acceptance testing .....

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The annoying thing is that these faults appear to be accepted as normal procedure.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some serious rail issues tonight out of the Melbourne CBD with lines down.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Looks like the overhead has failed near Laverton.  Werribee line is suspended:
https://7news.com.au/news/vic/passengers-smash-windows-jump-from-melbourne-train-after-overhead-cable-snaps-c-109410?fbclid=IwAR2drVnQkdvXyHGxAqEOmj-n7VcCvPQYW_yVWD87MhsISsE8_MGNL3G9DZ4

And yet passengers are trying to escape from train.  Dangerous:
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
whatever happened looks to be substantial with busses replacing trains after 7pm tonight and tomorrow night, and altered services the rest of the time. Using the altona loop as a de-facto down line, with up trains running as normal, walking pace through the incident area.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Very large section of overhead totally destroyed. So much so that 2 Ns only rescued the Siemens involved this afternoon, some 24 hours after the original incident.
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
It seems we are in for two weeks of chaos on the south Yarra area ie Caulfield to Richmond in June school holds.
No planning or advance notice .... again.
I got my weekly travel update email from PTV but no mention. Didn’t they tell them?

I don’t question the need to do work for Metro but a little notice so we can plan work from home, leave, etc
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Have to be honest I’ve been assuming for years now there will be a June shutdown, and you can usually guess which lines it will be.

I do agree 3 weeks is a bit too short notice  - they should aim for 4 in my view - but the bigger issue is the replacement bus strategy if they’re still refusing to use temporary bus lanes like they did with the Flemington shuttles for the RRL.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Another series of delays at South Yarra this morning.

Coming in on a Pakenham train, we sat a Caulfield until a path on the Frankston line became available (ie express train Caulfield to Sth Yarra crawled behind a stopping all stations. Took an additional 20+ mins.

Saw a few others were caught up in it.

Seems the signalling or power at Sth Yarra is still a problem.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Serious Darwin Award contenders – they rear-ended on the level crossing and got out to exchange details right there and then.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Serious Darwin Award contenders – they rear-ended on the level crossing and got out to exchange details right there and then.
potatoinmymouth
Yep.  Give them the award right now.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

It obviated the need to exchange addresses, etc. Just read the police report(s).
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
Serious Darwin Award contenders – they rear-ended on the level crossing and got out to exchange details right there and then.
potatoinmymouth
I have to wonder what their insurance companies will say... I'm sure they would have been covered for the rear-end collision, but I doubt they would be for leaving their cars on the LX!
  Boss 2 Station Staff

Serious Darwin Award contenders – they rear-ended on the level crossing and got out to exchange details right there and then.
potatoinmymouth
Probably will make good politicians in the future
  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

Police on channel 9 news last night saying it was a "mistake" by both car drivers and no penalties will be applied. However had they been doing 104 in a 100 zone on a perfectly straight divided 6 lane freeway with no other cars in sight we'd have heard all about how speed kills.
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
Latest update tells a very different story: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/traumatised-driver-had-seconds-to-avoid-pakenham-train-smash-20190716-p527uk.html

The first car was pushed into the level crossing by the car behind that rear-ended them.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Another car vs train incident at Hudson Rd Spotswood today.

Apparently the driver of the car attempted to wiggle around closed boom gates.

Driver seems to be OK, but Werribee line suspended...
  ngarner Train Controller

Location: Seville
Another car vs train incident at Hudson Rd Spotswood today.

Apparently the driver of the car attempted to wiggle around closed boom gates.

Driver seems to be OK, but Werribee line suspended...
Carnot
Not likely to make many of those "drivers" who think crossings are there to get in their way and not for their own safety change their behaviour. I can sympathise with the poor spark driver having a twit do that in front of him/her. I'd love to see the insurance company's response to the damages claim for the car!

Neil
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
These people are just helping the Level Crossing Removal Program.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  AJW Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
During the weekends closure (17/18) We had a works train carrying lots of old sleepers near Oakleigh station with S312, T385 and B75 - seemed to do nothing from Sat morning until late Sat night.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-ll-all-go-bust-reservoir-traders-to-stop-trains-over-rail-works-20190819-p52igs.html
Traders in Resevoir are threatening to block trains on the Mernda line this afternoon to protest road closures.

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