Hitachi spotting

 
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
channel 9 said there going to keep a set preserved. do you think there will be any hitachi runs lets say within the 5 year period?
hitachi69

yes, if people push PTV

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  hitachi69 Locomotive Driver

yes, if people push PTV
X'Trapolis-904M

it's cause the trip on the day was quite good, we were pretty much allowed to hang outside the windows, mind you I spoke to a member who said that they tested how far someone could stay outside the window and it was headlength, anything after that was too dangerous he wreckons which was pretty cool. sticking the head outside the window through the loop was probably the highlight of the day, not to mention the train thrashing going and returning from sunbury, you could smell the trains undercarriqe burning from the thrashing the driver gave which I found quite funny. I would love to go again and even though it was 2 days ago any future runs put my name down haha I'm in, it's way too early to figure whats going to happen etc what set will be kept etc but I hope within 5 years we can go on it once again, time to create a petition I guess

oh and btw bring some police along next time with tazers etc to get those no hopers who think they are cool by going around ruining peoples days, I honestly wish the driver opened the doors so the people could have sorted them out I just wished
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
oh and btw bring some police along next time with tazers etc to get those no hopers who think they are cool by going around ruining peoples days, I honestly wish the driver opened the doors so the people could have sorted them out I just wished
hitachi69

LOL Very Happy And bring some AO's And PSO's
  2025 Station Master

probably the highlight of the day, not to mention the train thrashing going and returning from sunbury, you could smell the trains undercarriqe burning from the thrashing the driver gave which I found quite funny.
hitachi69

I think it was the brakes burning on the slow down between Sunbury and Water Gardens. On the day I think the train was travelling faster from Craigieburn first thing in the morning. That seemed very fast but the rest of the day we were close to other surburban trains up front. A good day travelling around apart from the taggers in Clifton Hill and Essendon.
  ljayvee6 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Apm Siding
I think it was the brakes burning on the slow down between Sunbury and Water Gardens. On the day I think the train was travelling faster from Craigieburn first thing in the morning. That seemed very fast but the rest of the day we were close to other surburban trains up front. A good day travelling around apart from the taggers in Clifton Hill and Essendon.
"2025"

Yep.
  bomberswarm2 Locomotive Driver

I remember a couple of years ago when catching the trains in morning and evening peak on Werribee Line, whenever I caught a Hitatchi it was always the same one, and it was distinctive.

It was Motor-Trailer, then motor, however this was facing the wrong way, the nose towards a passenger car, then a correct motor, then trailer-motor.

1. What train was this?
2. How did it end up with carriages the wrong way around, considering there is no turntable on the network?
3. Where is it now, and did they fix it?
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
2. How did it end up with carriages the wrong way around, considering there is no turntable on the network?
bomberswarm2

2. Any train from the suburbs that runs around the city loop ends up facing in the opposite direction when it heads back.

So trains (and their carriages) change direction several times a day. The only time a driver of a city loop train has to change to a cab at the other end of the train is at the suburban terminus.
  merlin Chief Commissioner

Location: North East Adelaide
I remember a couple of years ago when catching the trains in morning and evening peak on Werribee Line, whenever I caught a Hitatchi it was always the same one, and it was distinctive.

It was Motor-Trailer, then motor, however this was facing the wrong way, the nose towards a passenger car, then a correct motor, then trailer-motor.

1. What train was this?
2. How did it end up with carriages the wrong way around, considering there is no turntable on the network?
3. Where is it now, and did they fix it?
bomberswarm2

You're referring to a D car... http://www.pjv101.net/cd/pages/c116m.htm

search RP they've been discussed a few times. http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p509423.htm

http://www.vicsig.net/index.php?page=suburban&section=rollingstock&traintype=Hitachi&hitachi=article
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
it's cause the trip on the day was quite good, we were pretty much allowed to hang outside the windows, mind you I spoke to a member who said that they tested how far someone could stay outside the window and it was headlength, anything after that was too dangerous he wreckons which was pretty cool.
hitachi69

This was (unfortunately) why the push to ban them from regular service network was hastened.

In addition to under-floor rust and ageing issues we are no longer allowed to provide opportunities where idiots might injure themselves in the manner that you've just described. Because of the lack of CCTV the Hitachis unfortunately became a moving target for people seeking to disrupt our train system with vandalism and unfortunately there was more than one incident where one of these half-wits also smashed their heads on a line-side structure while the train was in motion.

I was actually living in the West when an incident exactly like that happened at my local station involving a Hitachi; the vandal in question had just finished using his texta in the carriage and stuck his head outside for some fresh air.  He subsequently got a massive head injury from a signal pole that would probably have meant a nursing home for the rest of his life; it's quite sad that someone young completely ruined their life for a few minutes of thrills. The other sad part is that the government would have had to compensate him for at least seven figures for life-long care because it happened on their property.

So for some reason we had trains with opening windows for 160+ years that now have to be banned because people in the 21st century are too stupid to safely use them.
  bomberswarm2 Locomotive Driver

2. Any train from the suburbs that runs around the city loop ends up facing in the opposite direction when it heads back.

So trains (and their carriages) change direction several times a day. The only time a driver of a city loop train has to change to a cab at the other end of the train is at the suburban terminus.
Bogong


What?
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

What?
bomberswarm2

pretty simple to work out train leaves outer suburban terminus travels into the city goes around the loop and returns to the same outer terinus hence reversing the train completly . The train is driven from the same end for the full return trip
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Rumor that a hitachi ran a 12:00PM Hurstbridge On the day of White Night
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Rumor that a hitachi ran a 12:00PM Hurstbridge On the first day of White Night
X'Trapolis-904M

White night was only one day
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Did any hear a hitachi On the craigieburn line tonight
it may have passed kensington at around 6:25
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Did any hear a hitachi On the craigieburn line tonight
it may have passed kensington at around 6:25
X'Trapolis-904M

May have been 288M-1979T-287M-274M-1909T-273M going to Newport
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
May have been 288M-1979T-287M-274M-1909T-273M going to Newport
mattylovestrains

WTF? Now i want more info
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

WTF? Now i want more info
X'Trapolis-904M

That's just an assumption, it went back to the Craigieburn sidings after the tour, but I doubt it would stay there forever.
  GvhftrKijl Locomotive Driver

Location: ERD
No Hitachi movements to Newport took place last night - I was out that way this morning and didn't see anything in either the sidings or the workshops.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Could it have gone back to Elecrail?
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

The Craigieburn Hitachi is still in the sme place its been for a while now , Sighted at around 8pm 10/7/14
Bill
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The Craigieburn Hitachi is still in the sme place its been for a while now , Sighted at around 8pm 10/7/14
Bill
Bills_Billboards

thanks, the horn must have being a comeng
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Might be worth keeping the thread confined to "sightings" and not "magical ghost trains"?
  GvhftrKijl Locomotive Driver

Location: ERD
Looks like the consist stored at Craigieburn is being moved to the Newport graveyard.
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Looks like the consist stored at Craigieburn is being moved to the Newport graveyard.
"GvhftrKijl"

If I can I will go to Newport to have a look
  bomberswarm2 Locomotive Driver

As per my earlier thread, I saw a set heading to southern cross (not loop) at 2:45 this afternoon. I will upload footage and photo within the hour, when I return home.

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