General Cityrail Network Observations

 
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

I wanted to start this thread as there is no observation thread on the Sydney Forum.

I'll start with:
5 car S set through Redfern at 11am today.
This was made up of S4 with an untargeted power car leading.

Also 4892 was leading a single XPT car through Hurlstone Park not long before this.

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  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
These sorts of things can always go into the Sightings Forum, which would perhaps be a better place for it?

Your S Set movement would likely be an exchange cars movement between depots, transferring a dead power car.

Your XPT movement is a regular move between Meeks Rd and Chullora/Flemington. The cars/locos go to Chullora for overhaul works, while they go to FMC to use the wheel lathe.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Ok thanks for that, i just thought that since the Queensland forum had a General QR network thread then ot may have been ok to start one here.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
These sorts of things can always go into the Sightings Forum, which would perhaps be a better place for it?

Your S Set movement would likely be an exchange cars movement between depots, transferring a dead power car.

Your XPT movement is a regular move between Meeks Rd and Chullora/Flemington. The cars/locos go to Chullora for overhaul works, while they go to FMC to use the wheel lathe.
"Raichase"


Is Delec's wheel lathe not being used for the XPT anymore?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW

Ok thanks for that, i just thought that since the Queensland forum had a General QR network thread then ot may have been ok to start one here.
"bjwh86"


I'm not familiar with the Queensland forums, it was just a general observation that you might be better with "sightings" in the "sightings" forum Wink.

Is Delec's wheel lathe not being used for the XPT anymore?
"seb2351"


I couldn't tell you to be honest. I've only ever seen the trailer cars at FMC, never the locos. Perhaps it's bad timing on my part, or perhaps the locos are indeed using the one at DELEC still.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Looks like it snowed at Blackheath (Station)
  littleal9 Train Controller

Location: bellambi
These sorts of things can always go into the Sightings Forum, which would perhaps be a better place for it?

Your S Set movement would likely be an exchange cars movement between depots, transferring a dead power car.

Your XPT movement is a regular move between Meeks Rd and Chullora/Flemington. The cars/locos go to Chullora for overhaul works, while they go to FMC to use the wheel lathe.
"Raichase"


An S set move on Monday involved a power car attached to a four car set being taken around the city circle from Mortdale to change the direction it was facing.


  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Thanks for that info, whats the significance of which way it faces?
  Goose Chief Train Controller

Thanks for that info, whats the significance of which way it faces?
"bjwh86"


They may need to do a car change at MMC and it needs to face the appropriate way.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Ah ok, so would the power car that was pulling set S4 be getting put into a set as it had no target plate?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Ah ok, so would the power car that was pulling set S4 be getting put into a set as it had no target plate?
"bjwh86"


I wouldn't put too much emphasis on target plates these days! Some trains are missing them altogether while others are displaying two at the same time... bit of a mess.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

I've noticed alot of drivers aren't using the destination boards on the older sets either correctly or they just leave them turned off.
Is this common practise with drivers or are the boards faulty.

Some of the incorrect destinations have been an S set on the North Shore line displaying East Hills on a Penrith service.

Others have been things like on outbound city circle services still display city instead of the outer terminus.

I know that other operators (MTM) (QR) have a fleet that has a 100% fleet that uses the boards correctly, yet Cityrail seems incapable of doing this.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Apparently they is hard to program and set, just as it is hard when the train does not do it automatically on the Millennium and OSCAR trains.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Good to see another sarcastic response from someone who has no clue.

To answer the user above the know it all, on S sets if you are using a version 13 unit but given code 12 instruction/ codes, then you get the wrong result showing ( so a code 9 for Bondi might be a Campbelltown instead)

Rather then confuse the masses or waste half a shift trying to code it correctly, it is better to turn the unit off. I would always tell my guard so it was very clear via announcement where we were going.

On M and H sets, the program is done by computers and based on your run. If your run number changes and the computer program doesn't match, it is very difficult to set as train crew don't have access by rights to change it.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Thanks for that response seb3251, would there be any use in fixing how they are set (eg uniform codes or upgrade of boards) or would this be something that would require too much $$$.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Good to see another sarcastic response from someone who has no clue. To answer the user above the know it all, on S sets if you are using a version 13 unit but given code 12 instruction/ codes, then you get the wrong result showing ( so a code 9 for Bondi might be a Campbelltown instead) Rather then confuse the masses or waste half a shift trying to code it correctly, it is better to turn the unit off. I would always tell my guard so it was very clear via announcement where we were going. On M and H sets, the program is done by computers and based on your run. If your run number changes and the computer program doesn't match, it is very difficult to set as train crew don't have access by rights to change it.
"seb2351"

First of all, it was not a sarcastic response but a more casual response as it has been answered to many times before. I believe the search function is there to be used. I thought the information can be modified through the touch screens in the M and H Sets, but it would be a quite a hassle to set everything everytime the train begins its journey.
  joshrj45 Beginner

Hi guys, 1st post. Smile 

Hope this is the right place to put it.

I noticed what appears to be an abandoned staircase on the left side of the tunnel between erskineville and redfern(Not the ESR). I sometimes catch the countrylink from macarthur, and it goes via that tunnel to cross the tracks to go to the CL platforms at central.  Anyone know anything about this staircase?


  belfordrocks South Coast G Set

Also something I've wondered for a long time:

Going from Platform 1 at Redfern towards Sydney Terminal, immediately passing the bridge on the northern side of Redfern there seems to be a tunnel on the left going in the opposite direction to you that's disused. Anyone know what that tunnel is/where it leads to/what it was used for?

Cheers,
  C3600 Train Controller

Location: Coniston
To the last two posters,
1st post,  as you pass through the illawarra dive, the stairs you see are parts of an underpass that links the old carriage workshops on the north-side to the main eveleigh workshops on the south-side from back in the day.
To the second post, if you are leaving plat 1 at Redfern the tunnel that you see on your left is called the engine dive and gives access to sydney yard from eveleigh yard and is very much in use.


  belfordrocks South Coast G Set

Awesome, thanks!
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Going from Platform 1 at Redfern towards Sydney Terminal, immediately passing the bridge on the northern side of Redfern there seems to be a tunnel on the left going in the opposite direction to you that's disused. Anyone know what that tunnel is/where it leads to/what it was used for?
"belfordrocks"

To the second post, if you are leaving plat 1 at Redfern the tunnel that you see on your left is called the engine dive and gives access to sydney yard from eveleigh yard and is very much in use.
"C3600"

The north / Central end:
[img]http://railgallery.wongm.com/cache/nsw-stations/sydney-underground/E115_7687_595.jpg[/img]

And the south / Eveleigh end:
[img]http://railgallery.wongm.com/cache/nsw-stations/sydney-underground/E116_0861_595.jpg[/img]

Chimneys from the tunnel
[img]http://railgallery.wongm.com/cache/nsw-stations/sydney-underground/E116_0858_595.jpg[/img]
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
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Is it normal for a train to be so close behind another train on a platform?  Taken at Campbelltown at about 7:20am.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
That certainly is a rare sight, in Sydney and perhaps Australia?
  Kamz Assistant Commissioner
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Spotted an S set with red target plate on a Glenfield service, but the driver had "Bondi Junction" on the desto board.

I'm guessing this driver had the wrong codes for this particular set?

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