How do the passengers get from Broadmedows to Flemington?How do the Passengers get from Southern Cross to Flemington normally? I'm guessing could be the same way just from a different location.
Seems like a bizzare place to have to get on and off the train.
The HE brochure suggests that coaches will meet the train at Broadmeadows....for the money the passengers are paying, I don't think they will be accorded the novelty of a suburban train trip.
Its maybe a bit difficult to get a path into SCS for a lengthy train at the times required too.
There is no mention in the timetable of the train ever going to Spencer St station.The Southern Aurora ceased travelling to Spencer Street Station in August 1986.
It is certainly an exercise to take the Southern Aurora into Southern Cross.How handy it would've been if Sunshine platform still existed. (When was the last time something stopped there on the gauge?)
Logistically it's a lot easier for passengers to detrain at Broadmeadows, be picked up by chartered coaches and delivered direct to the racecourse at Flemington. The empty cars can then proceed to stable at South Dynon without any undue hassles.
How handy it would've been if Sunshine platform still existed. (When was the last time something stopped there on the gauge?)Yes, would've been a slightly shorter bus ride there. Would be a while, even as early as I can remember the Sunshine SG platform was barricaded off and looking decrepit and run down. (So earlier than mid-80's?)
What exactly is the problem with this train going into Spencer St?It's now Southern Cross Station (SCS)...it's been so for about 8 years.
How does GSR manage the Overland.?
Can fan trips with SG trains now not use Spencer St ?
If it is stopping in Geelong, it can only be at North Shore.
If it is a long consist it will have to stop several times (think Overland) as the platform is very short.
FYI The Overland only stops once at North Shore. The conductor walks through the train and collects North Shore passengers approaching the stop and escorts them out the door aligned with the platform.Interesting, as I have been caught several times at the Station Street crossing while The Overland made multiple stops, unless this is a recent change?
It's now Southern Cross Station (SCS)...it's been so for about 8 years.The other problem is that you can only run around one loco at a time at the bottom end of PL2, hence the reason it's run in push/pull mode from McIntyre Loop on previous occasions.
The Overland still rolls into Platform 2 twice a week as it always had in the past.
It may well be that due to SCS being so busy these days there isn't the space available for a 15 car train (Southern Aurora) to take up space on Platform 2 for the time required.
Not to mention the probable added expense of the private operator (Heritage Express) having to pay an access charge to SCS management to use the station.