OK. Are Sprinters jogging again regularly between Frankston and Stony Point?
Yes, Sprinters are back on the Stony Point service since 30 June after “installation of improved train detection systems at 19 level crossings” (PTV 30.6.15).
Perhaps someone familiar with the operation of the line can answer some questions I have regarding the Mondays to Fridays timetable:
1. Two trains start from Stony Point (5.41 and 6.18) before the first public service from Frankston arrives there (7.42). Does that mean that two coupled Sprinters run empty cars from Frankston to Stony Point prior to 5.41 and separate there to form the 5.41 and 6.18 services? If so, do the two drivers travel down together on that empty cars run?
2. Later in the morning there is a service that starts from Stony Point at 11.44 without a corresponding arrival from Frankston. Does that mean that the previous service departing Frankston 10.15 and arriving Stony Point 10.51 is two cars, with one car departing Stony Point at 11.04 and the other forming that 11.44 service? If so, does the 11.44 driver travel down on the 10.15 from Frankston?
3. In the evening a train arrives at Stony Point at 18.33 but there is no balancing return service to Frankston before the next train from Frankston arrives at 19.11. Does the 18.33 arrival couple to the 19.11 arrival to form the 19.26 departure to return to Frankston?
Saturday and Sunday timetables appear to be simple Frankston-Stony Point-Frankston return runs.