I noticed bags of stuff to simulate a passenger load on one of the photos shown on page 20 - have there been tests of emergency evacuation onto platforms and to non-platform locations yet, after the ones last year which were cancelled due to the Seaford line not being certified for passengers?
Yes thank you assuming electric train services begin on the 17th how many of the trains do you expect to see begin passenger service that day?
Some excellent photos there! I was lucky to be around the station at the time it arrived so I took a bit of a gander at it coming in. Quite the occasion, even as low key really as it was.
Fantastic to see all of the work come to fruition!
From all reports, 4001 performed flawlessly on its run into Adelaide Station.
Thanks guys for the thanks for the information I provided. Some people obviously aren't as grateful, but its nice to be appreciated when this type of information is shared. Certainly means I wont hesitate in sharing in the future. As far as planned movements go, this one was right on the button for times!
Finally, I can report 4003 has completed all of its testing and commissioning so should be right to go for the start of services this month
I agree the 3000s are good DEMUs and perform well inspite of their nick name "Pox Boxes".I can't see the allowances for 2000s being an issue. Even if they do get cut down to size it would be a simple matter of choosing to use only DEMUs - just as that choice was made for the last five or so years for all Belair line trains with just a handful of exceptions when something was not going right on the day.
Until all trains are EMUs they must all run to a DEMU timetable. According to rumours and discussion elsewhere they may even have to allow for 2000s.
The 4000s will however have a much better power/weight ratio than the 3000s and better acceleration. Ultimately this should allow 1.5 minute timings between stops not 2.0 mins as at present. Ultimately an ALL EMU timetable a "stops all" would see 7 to 10 mins shaved of the present times.I'm sure the power to weight will be a bit better, but it's the ratio of applicable traction to weight which I'd be more interested in for short runs between stops where the ability to keep applying traction at higher speeds (i.e. power) is irrelevant. An electric unit will only have two more powered axles than a three car DEMU consist, with the disadvantage of having a similar total mass but with the heaviest car only putting weight on trailing axles.
The public are also going to have to be trained (pun intended) to enter and exit trains promptly. None of this waiting until the train stops to leave your seat. This will reduce dwell times. Don't get me started on the driver having to leave the controls to deploy the ramp. This is a major safety issue which will one day result in a serious SPAD due to the break in concentration.Agree completely. If these EMUs do not have faster-closing doors with optical sensors and automated wheelchair ramps then somebody at the department has not done their job properly.
I'm sure the power to weight will be a bit better, but it's the ratio of applicable traction to weight which I'd be more interested in for short runs between stops where the ability to keep applying traction at higher speeds (i.e. power) is irrelevant. An electric unit will only have two more powered axles than a three car DEMU consist, with the disadvantage of having a similar total mass but with the heaviest car only putting weight on trailing axles.
Here is a puzzle. The photos from Tuesday evening's test run show the unit involved to be 4001. However the DPTI website http://dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructure/RR/rail_revitalisation/works_notifications#Newelectrictrains has a video which is entitled "First electric train arrives: Adelaide Railway Station 5th February" in which the unit is 4003. The opening shot is in daytime and the closing shot shows it to be Platform 1, with a 3.15 departure to NC being shown on the indicator. The content of the video was similar to the Ten News video that was linked to from this thread on Wednesday. However the Ten video is now unavailable and so I couldn't confirm the unit involved.
Was there a daytime electric run by 4003 to ARS on Wednesday?
Interestingly, four units in service should be enough to run an 80% electric service if/when regular weekend trains come back, the current Adelaide-Noarlunga-Adelaide round trip time of 112 minutes will increase to at least 122 minutes depending on the timetable.
Is it known yet who the Federal Government will send to open their new station outside the Showgrounds and their line to Seaford? Would it be the Prime Minister or the Minister for Infrastructure? I can't imagine them being asleep enough to let the state government take credit for projects paid for by federal money during a state election campaign.
Lovely idea regarding Ron Fitch. He is a very special gentleman who used to sit at the same table as my Mum in the Facility until he was moved in to a high care facilty on account of a fall.
Minor correction, he gained his PhD at age 92, he is indeed 103 and last reports going well at age when most are beyond even pushing up daisys.
Ron certainly had a battle with governments of both persuasions.
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