Prayer is asking for a Hitachi, faith is carrying the camera

 
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Not at the time - cameraphone was flat.

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  Flagstaff Red Afro

Location: Eaglemont, Hursty line, Melbourne.
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.
"Flagstaff"

Here are some shots of the shunt:
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  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Yesterdat I caught 7M from FSS to BKN, it was the 5.20 Lilydale train.  Very Happy
144M was either the 4.27 or 4.38 to Sandringham, I need to find my notes to confirm which one.
At 5.32 I saw an unknown Met-Liveried Hitachi arriving at Richmond from Sandringham.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
I saw 42M....37M at Ringwood station at 5.56pm and it was headed for Belgrave.
It must have left Flinders Street at about 5.10pm.
  Comengs Chief Commissioner

Location: Mourningtown Ride
2 Hitachi's today:
10M-1909T-21M - 49M-1987T-196M stabled at Melbourne Yard.

144M-1919T-9M -233M-2007T-23M ran the 15.24 down, 15.58 up and 16.38 down Sandringham's this afternoon.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
The Elecrail set (7M leading I presume*) destined for the City Loop passed my XT between Heatherdale and Mitcham at around 0540 this morning. Last car 99M proudly displaying Aspendale on its desto.

*Only numbers I saw of it was 1946T and 99M at the back on green and yellow.
  137M Junior Train Controller

Location: Ringwood East
This morning sightings

Seen 7M and friends Pulling into Lilydale , Then it ran the 7.42am city loop service.



137M
  Craig Chief Commissioner

Location: Edithvale, VIC
Rode refubished set 10M-1909T-21M-49M-1987T-196M on the 19:05 down Sandringham service this evening. It returned to FSS on the 19:41 up.

Vandals have already got to it sadly, with a few tags and at least one scratched window in the carriage I rode (10M).  Twisted Evil

Kind Regards


Craig Smile
  bluesousa Junior Train Controller

Location: Alamein Line
When was the last time someone saw one on the Alamein line? They seem to have dissapeared from there since the 3 car Xs arrived
  137M Junior Train Controller

Location: Ringwood East
When was the last time someone saw one on the Alamein line? They seem to have dissapeared from there since the 3 car Xs arrived
"bluesousa"



i seen 1 back in may , they do travel down there , but not as often as some other lines.


137M
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
Same with the Sydenham/Watergardens line, been a long while since I saw one waiting at or coming into Watergardens station... Usually see one on the 4:08pm or so peak back to Melbourne.

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  137M Junior Train Controller

Location: Ringwood East
Tonight sightings

37M and friends were sighted at Auburn ( running a Lilydale service )  then was sighted later on at Laburnum ( running a Upper Fentree gully service )
it is now stabled at Upper Fentree gully.

137M
  Speed Minister for Railways

37M-1979T-105M-110M-1910T-42M ran down to Cranbourne this morning departing FSS 8:53.

Edit: Tomohawk provides some interesting insights. It sounds like it was an empty car movement if it ran through Clayton without stopping. I didn't get to see whether any of the seats were occupied nor whether it actually stopped at any stations so I judged its destination from the timetable. Hopefully, the service to Cranbourne was close behind that empty Hitachi.
  tomohawk Chief Commissioner

Location: Getting The Met to get around
37M-1979T-105M-110M-1910T-42M ran down to Cranbourne this morning departing FSS 8:53.
"Speed"


Most certainly did, it ran express through Clayton just as I got off the Pakenham stopper in front of it. Would have been a slow trip to Cranbourne until Dandenong behind that stopper.....
  xtrap_heaven Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's Train Network
Last night I spotted a refurbished Hitachi running the 7:06 Down Southern Cross service (Football Special) - running 10 minutes late. And an unrefurbished Hitachi coming from Sandringham spotted at Richmond around 7:30.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
I keep seeing Hitachis stabling at either Melbourne Yard or North Melbourne sidings about 9am though to 9:30am - at least two a day on my morning commute. Perhaps the Hitachi runs have settled down to inbound runs from out east?
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
The 0525 to Pakenham on platform 7 was a refurbished (all silver) set today at Flinders St. Unfortunately there was, for whatever earthly reason, a 6 car X'Trapolis to Alamein in platform 6 blocking it from my view from 626M (not a Mazda!) in platform 3.

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?

The layout at 0520 was almost reverse of what it would have been 5 years ago - MK in platform 7, XT in 6, Alstom CE in 5, EDI/Alstom in 3 and an Alstom/EDI in platform 1.
  lakeyboy Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I found a Q&A on the Connex "Meet Our Managers" page for the discussion on July 11 which may intrigue some people. I've bolded the relevant parts.


http://www.connexmelbourne.com.au/index.php?id=226

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.


Knowing this should help people see more Hitachi's more often!  Twisted Evil
  Craig Chief Commissioner

Location: Edithvale, VIC
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?
"Heihachi_73"


Given the trailer set was 1987T, it would have been 196M trailling (10M leading).

Speaking of which, this set was spotted on the 08:45 up Frankston on Monday (21/7).

And yes, its one of the sets with the refubished interior.

Kind Regards


Craig Smile
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Thanks Craig... I wasn't sure which ones have the new covers yet, they naturally don't run them when I'm on the trains (somewhere between 9PM and 11:36).

For the record, spotted another Hitachi on Thursday night at around 9:30PM.

144M and co was powered up in the Ringwood yard (Lilydale side) with its desto displaying Flinders Street and boxing in an EDI Comeng. Don't know if it went anywhere that late at night though; after around 8:00 both lines are run by nothing but 3 car XTs until the last, with not even a Comeng in sight.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Yesterday I caught  7M....99M
It was the 5:16pm. Sandringham train
I also saw and unknown green liveried Hitachi going from Flinders Street to Ricmond at 5.31pm.

I aslo rode in my first mixed set Siemens train - 712M has X'trapolis style seat covering, 740M has original blue seat coversing. Photos of 712M are at http://gauntletsgallery.fotopic.net/c1410103.html
  vhqpa Locomotive Fireman

Location: Petrie
I saw a Hitachi (Green and Gold Met scheme) set Tuesday afternoon peak (29/07) around 1730-1800 ish. At Flagstaff Platform 4 on a Lilydale Service.






Vhq
  adon Locomotive Fireman

often there is a hitachi in the burnley stabling sidings stabled during the day  Bounce
  S300 Station Staff

iIs that true? I never really noticed that. Maybe I should have a look Very Happy Aqua
  Greatfox Chief Train Controller

yeah, I've seen it, usually runs on the Glen Waverley line

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