Countrylink delays

 
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
I'm not trying to be a prick but is there any point posting verbatim what is on the Countrylink service status site?

I thought having this thread was about discussing the delays or providing more information.
"dkaarma"


That was kind of my line of thinking when I started the thread...

Confused
"seb2351"


Yeah mate and thats how this thread should be used indeed.

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  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Okie doke then - I will use it to discuss countrylink delays rather than copy and paste em in future
  craigfitz1 Train Controller

Countrylink not having a good start to the week. (see their website for details).

Any news on why the Sydney-Moree explorer got canned today, or why the Armidale-Sydney run today is cancelled? The 'operational issues' excuse on the website could mean almost anything.

Any news on the lunchtime Canberra service being late?

The bus companies with Countrylink emergency contracts must be rolling in money.....
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
I discovered on the Countrylink Website tonight- That there is a freight train "Across the line???" at Rappville - Causing delays to the Southbound XPT service from Casino - Anybody have furthur info
  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
Hi All,
The past few days I've seen the Grafton XPT go through Islington Junction well over an hour and a half late. 2 days in a row. Has CountryLink changed their timetables? Or is there a reason why this service is so delayed.

Thanks
Billy Cooksley
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Probably late car swap outs.* I heard that they don't have many spare power cars due to one reason or another at the moment. Perhaps this is why.

*speculation
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Probably late car swap outs.* I heard that they don't have many spare power cars due to one reason or another at the moment. Perhaps this is why.

*[size=8)speculation[/speculation]
"seb2351"


Hi all,

As another example of this, the overnight XPT (621) Sydney to Southern Cross on 13-14/03/11 was about an hour late due to relacing a failed power car (in Sydney/Central I think).

The return run (624) left SC 45' late, and never recovered much time due to numerous per way restrictions.  40' late into Goulburn.

Delays have a flow in effect to later services.

Happy tripping,

John
  taggy Chief Commissioner

Location: At Fassifern watching double Garratts.
It doesn't take much to delay the XPT services. Most of the time it is put down to two things. Having to remove anit social passengers (which requires police as you can't just throw them off) or being stuck behind bloody frieghties!  

Lately though, the issuse's have been engine problems. With three out and one in for refurb, there are no spares. So when something break's, they have to fix it causing delay to the service instead of using a spare.

There was a stretch a month or two back where N31 was notoriously late because of the above causes and its not uncommon for 31 to pinch a working engine off 36 before leaving Sydney. (Causing large delay as it did a few weeks back)

This also causes flow on effects where services the following day are delayed or cancelled due to of lack of engines. W27/28 has been running a single engine lately but the south/north serices need both.

Hope this helps.
  Main North Junior Train Controller

Location: Somewhere on the old Main North
Not quite a delay, but an interesting thing happened yesterday.
I was meeting a relative on the Xplorer arriving at Armidale. The train arrived on time, but with the two Moree cars in tow.
Normally this happens when there is trackwork in the Werris Creek - Moree section, so they bus the passengers to Moree and leave the Moree cars attached to the Armidale section.
But this time the reason given to the passengers was that the radio was not working on the Moree cars.
Seems a bit strange - train and track all in working condition, but with no working radio the train has to be canceled. They should carry a spare!
  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
I'm guessing it has a lot to do with the new safeworking procedures put in place last November in the North - West/New England regions. No more old staff changes along the line. Just one safeworking order filled out by the crew at Werris Creek before proceeding to Moree. So if there is no radio, then there would be no way of contacting control to obtain the safeworking instructions.

Open to correction

Billy Cooksley
  Main North Junior Train Controller

Location: Somewhere on the old Main North
Well it's actually CTC to just north of Gunnedah now as far as I'm aware, then Train Order after that.
Also I'm reasonably certain that all trains carry mobile phones these days.
Surely train order safeworking could be carried out using mobile phones in the event of a radio failure.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  LadyGunzel Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's south east
Today's Sydney to Melbourne XPT is running approximately 3 hours late. It's estimated to arrive in to Cootamundra within half an hour, and will terminate at Albury where a bus will take passengers on to Southern Cross. ETA is 9.36pm. According to my parents who are on that train they were told it was a problem with the engine? It didn't arrive in Moss Vale until midday!
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

be mindful that the GPS functionality of the countrynet train radio is also used to position the train for train orders,
  craigfitz1 Train Controller

Does anyone have details on today's 'operational issues' that have resulted in the Melbourne XPT being 150 minutes late (according to the CountryLink website). Is this sevice now CountryLink's weakest performer re on-time running/bustitution?

Today's Sydney- Grafton XPT has also cancelled, and Thursday's Grafton-sydney XPT  being bustitued as well. (Jeez....those bus companies must be raking in the cash from the NSW govt/taxpayer).
  trainfreak Site Admin

Apparently having radio troubles with the rear engine, as far as I am aware pax are not being bussed from Albury.
  trainfreak Site Admin

On a related note, ST22 was terminated at Goulburn last night.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Both mb4 and mb7 freights north, Were delayed big time
  LadyGunzel Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's south east
On a related note, ST22 was terminated at Goulburn last night.
"trainfreak"


I heard this too, because the engine caught alight.
  taggy Chief Commissioner

Location: At Fassifern watching double Garratts.
Two words: engine troubles.

The XP's are having a lot of problems at the moment.  Sad
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Correction , one of its power cars had a fire alarm sound but the word is its fire protection systems did not activate .
It was stopped at Carrick crossing and the Fire Brigades called .
I was told that it was supposed to being returning to Goulburn after any issues were solved .
  thadocta Chief Commissioner

Location: Katoomba
Just wondering, the UP Dubbo XPT seems to be coming through Katoomba consistently late, generally around the 8pm mark. Any reason for this?

Dave
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Just wondering, the UP Dubbo XPT seems to be coming through Katoomba consistently late, generally around the 8pm mark. Any reason for this?

Dave
"thadocta"

Trackwork out west
  BFCYU Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney "Sutherland Shire"
Just a "heads up" question.

What's the on time (ie upto 30 mins ontime)
is the Syd-Melb-Syd XPT lately, or last week.

Thinking of going next week, 27/4--30/4/11 but will give it a miss
if always late/terminated (or put on buses en route)

Also How's the VIC trackwork (sunk concrete sleepers)??

Thanks out there.

BFCYU Smile
  FieldShunt74 Chief Commissioner

I'm guessing it has a lot to do with the new safeworking procedures put in place last November in the North - West/New England regions. No more old staff changes along the line. Just one safeworking order filled out by the crew at Werris Creek before proceeding to Moree. So if there is no radio, then there would be no way of contacting control to obtain the safeworking instructions.
"cooky2304"


Well it's actually CTC to just north of Gunnedah now as far as I'm aware, then Train Order after that.
Also I'm reasonably certain that all trains carry mobile phones these days.
Surely train order safeworking could be carried out using mobile phones in the event of a radio failure.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
"Main North"


OK, it's CTC to Turrawan, then train order to Narrabri and beyond.  Pretty sure the leading motive power unit needs a working train radio, or other reliable means of communication need to be established.  The acceptable standard of the other reliable means is open to interpretation.  

Only the proper onboard Countrynet radio has an emergency feature, for priority contact to the train controller in an emergency.  The train radio is also the usual method of open channel "WB" radio on trains thus fitted.  Mobile phone coverage is never 100% reliable, and can't be used to call other trains directly.  Countrylink crews should have access to hand portable WB radios, but they probably aren't much good to contact control and almost certainly lack an emergency feature.

The nature and timing of the failure of the train radio may also play a part in the decision to truncate the service.  It may be a different issue if the radio is found to be faulty prior to the train entering service as opposed to half way through a run.  It may have failed before the train left Eveleigh, or before it divided at Werris Creek, and allowing it to go past Werris Creek on it's own might have been deemed to much of a risk and hassle.  And Countrylink just love a nice bus or three.
  craigfitz1 Train Controller

It's not just the XPT engines having trouble at present!

Does anyone have news on why the Armidale/Moree Explorer left Sydney almost THREE HOURS late yesterday?
They eventually cancelled the Moree section anyway....with the usual bustitution occurring in lieu.
As usual the CountryLink website simply says 'operational reasons'

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