Message from Taitset: The Elecrail Hitachi set is currently stabled at Eltham and should run the 4:40PM up service after it does a shunt on the trestle this afternoon.
37M-1979T-105M-110M-1910T-42M ran down to Cranbourne this morning departing FSS 8:53.
Why is there only Hitachi trains on the Sandringham line?
We currently have seven, six-car Hitachi trains remaining in service out of 166 six carriage sets in total. It was expected that these trains would be decommissioned after the Commonwealth Games in 2006, however, due to current and future projects, such as installing a ‘black box’ device to our trains and over 20% growth in patronage in the past two years; the Hitachi trains will remain in service for the immediate future.
The introduction of over 200 additional weekly services across the network (with 30 of these on the Sandringham line) in September 2007, required the Hitachi trains, previously used as ‘spare’ trains, to re-enter daily service. Additional services could not be provided without the operation of Hitachi trains at this time. As a result, two Hitachi trains now operate on the Sandringham line, during peak periods, on a daily basis. Hitachi trains are now scheduled to operate seven of the 34 peak period services each day.
Restrictions placed on the operation of Hitachi trains, particularly in relation to terminating stations, the length of the line and City Loop operations are also a determining factor as to where the Hitachi trains will be operated. The State Government has recently confirmed that it will spend $800 million on new trains over the next ten years, with 18 new trains scheduled to be in service by the end of 2009. Current plans are for the Hitachi trains to be retired by 2011.
Anyway, finally caught the last two cars exiting towards Richmond which were 1987T and 196M. That's the one with the fuzzy Comeng seat covers isn't it, or is that 197M?