On my way to the Macarthur station this morning I saw the XPT ex Melbourne waiting at the signal South of the station. Nothing odd there as I guessed it was going to follow the 6:16 into the city.
But, on arriving at the Macarthur concourse there were trains on each of the three platforms.
The announcement was the train on platform 2 was going to be first to leave. To me made sense as the XPT could slip through and then the Endeavor with the Southern Highlands commuters could continue their journey.
So sitting on the train being told about the breakdown at Glenfield and told this train was about 20 minutes late. All OK being informed all good.
Then the comedy show started!!!
An announcement that in fact the train on platform 3 was going to leave first so everyone got up to travel up and down the ramps to board that train. I was a bit slow and it left before I got there. So I went back to platform 2. Just in time to hear that the next train to leave would be from platform 1. So everyone moved across the platform to this train. I departed at about 6:35 for me 7 minutes late.
At Campbelltown we had to go into platform 3 as there was a train on platform 2.
When passing Narwee I saw a train on the outside line which I think was about 16 carriages. So it was the failed train from Glenfield.
To me the original plan made sense and was very commuter friendly for local, interstate and country travelers. But the change making the last train to leave was from platform 2 which blocked the line to for the north bound trains from the south must have been very annoying for the Sothern Highlands travelers who missed their connection and the XPT customers who were just late.
By the way the XPT was passed the point were it could have used the SSFL but, of course there are no stations for that until Strathfield.
That's my account of things, no blame as the staff relayed everything as soon as they knew and were as helpful as they could be. Just the decision to change the departing order left me amused.