Blackburn crossing

 
  Damn Locomotive Fireman

Howdy all & welcome back Smile

I've noticed recently that trains approaching the crossing at Blackburn (heading towards the city) come to an absolute crawl, yet trains leaving Blackburn heading towards Nunawading tear through there much more quickly.

Any reason for this?  I don't recall it always being like this?

Also they've had that crossing closed all weekend, with some major works happening there, any idea what?

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  Damn Locomotive Fireman

Theres a 30km/h restriction on the approach to the station (UP track)

Theres a fairly substancial dip in the rail over the crossing.
"miss_x"


Thanks Smile  So it has always been like this?  I this what they were fixing this weekend?
  Somebody in the WWW Banned

Location: Banned
They had dug up the crossing as of this afternoon.

Thank god the trains are running again tomorrow, had enough of Ventura/US Bus Lines to last a while now. Took forever getting home from Glenferrie last night.
  richardlu_yy Chief Train Controller

Location: Singapore
It is nice to be back.

I believe they were doing works at quite a few places along the line, another place would be the Rooks Road crossing between Nunawading and Mitcham that just reopened today after supposedly being closed yesterday.

Yeah this is the slowest rail bus I have experienced so far, it was particularly bad because of the numerous traffic junctions between Camberwell and Blackburn even though the bus ran express between these two stations. A Camberwell-Ringwood express would have been a lot better.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

NO! Because that would leave people stranded in the middle.

I figure rather than running this abortion of a system of combination stopper and express busses, if they had enough ex Ringwood, say 4 mins stopping all it's be ok.

I really hope they fix that TSR at Blackburn. Drivers may have been noticing you'd be getting a bottom yellow at that last auto before the crossing on the up, come round the bend and be looking at the home stick on the platform with a top green.

This is because switched in, they're not to set from that home until you pass that auto. Highly irritating.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Is there a reason they ran the buses between Ringwood and Camberwell instead of Box Hill on the weekend?
  r707 Chief Commissioner

Location: Here
More than likely due to commuters having to walk through the Box Hill shopping centre to go to/from the station to the bus terminal being less than desireable
  tomohawk Chief Commissioner

Location: Getting The Met to get around
I really hope they fix that TSR at Blackburn. Drivers may have been noticing you'd be getting a bottom yellow at that last auto before the crossing on the up, come round the bend and be looking at the home stick on the platform with a top green.

This is because switched in, they're not to set from that home until you pass that auto. Highly irritating.
"heisdeadjim"


And yet Metro claim the drivers are intentionally delaying trains as an act of defiance or some crap...
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

It was, when they issued me the circular but forgot to tell the drivers at Upper Gully and Lilydale.

I had to get them to re-fax it out as on day one, I had a justifiably grumpy spark driver on the phone wondering WTF was going on, so I had to tell him the document number.

He realised I was doing my job but the information disemination could've been better.
  fullofrubbish Assistant Commissioner

Location: Brunswick
Do they run the Belgrave/Lilydale trains straight on to Alamein when they have bustitution between Camberwell - Ringwood?
  LamontCranston Chief Commissioner

Any chance of rebuilding the tunnel entrance to the island platform?
So that its not crumbling and leaking and too narrow and too low and grotty.
  richardlu_yy Chief Train Controller

Location: Singapore
Do they run the Belgrave/Lilydale trains straight on to Alamein when they have bustitution between Camberwell - Ringwood?
"fullofrubbish"


Yes they did.
  lakeyboy Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Any chance of rebuilding the tunnel entrance to the island platform?
So that its not crumbling and leaking and too narrow and too low and grotty.
"LamontCranston"


I agree. Once during a bustitution, I had to walk through that subway which as after a downpour and it was middle of the leg deep. There needs to be a program set up by Metro to either re-do the drainage systems of dodgy subways or completely re-build them. It's just not acceptable in a developed country for them to become flooded after a once in 3 month downpour.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

The problem with that subway is they designed it perfectly to flood :p

It's right near an underground branch of the creek so the watertable is pretty full anyways.

Only a little water and.... you know the rest :p
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

For you drivers, TS.031/2010 cancels TS.016/2010 effective 1100 hrs today 19 May.

So the speed restriction is gone.
  northbritish Chief Train Controller

Yeah this is the slowest rail bus I have experienced so far, it was particularly bad because of the numerous traffic junctions between Camberwell and Blackburn even though the bus ran express between these two stations. A Camberwell-Ringwood express would have been a lot better.
"richardlu_yy"


There were express buses, Ringwood - Camberwell and Camberwell - Ringwood during the day on both Saturday and Sunday as well as limited expresses.
  northbritish Chief Train Controller


I figure rather than running this abortion of a system of combination stopper and express busses, if they had enough ex Ringwood, say 4 mins stopping all it's be ok.
"heisdeadjim"


I thought it worked quite well over the weekend.
  northbritish Chief Train Controller

Is there a reason they ran the buses between Ringwood and Camberwell instead of Box Hill on the weekend?
"Gauntlet"


There were works being undertaken all along the line.
  Westernport Assistant Commissioner

Location: Not In Service
Is there a reason they ran the buses between Ringwood and Camberwell instead of Box Hill on the weekend?
"Gauntlet"


There were works being undertaken all along the line.
"northbritish"

New ballast (looked like blue metal) was placed on the Canterbury Road Bridge and new trip arms were installed from Surrey Hills Up onwards.
  locomotive Junior Train Controller

Yes, the "sparks" ran direct to and from Alamein all weekend; I wonder how many trainsets and drivers that saved.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

I thought it worked quite well over the weekend.
"northbritish"


That's because me and my colleagues made it work.

Grumbles.

Could have been easier if they'd hadn't over organised it.
  Damn Locomotive Fireman

For you drivers, TS.031/2010 cancels TS.016/2010 effective 1100 hrs today 19 May.

So the speed restriction is gone.
"heisdeadjim"


Noticed that the other day.  Thought it was strange, they re-did the crossing and tracks leading to/from it, yet the speed restriction remained heading towards the city, but trains leaving the city (on the new tracks) still went full speed.

Anyhoo most certainly aren't slowing now.  I guess they don't bother re-doing timetables to allow for speed restrictions, however they must make some difference to the times they arrive / depart at stations?  Or is it so small they don't bother worrying about it?

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