Trains seen using the line today.
At what time? Presumably 30/31xx's as branch is not yet energised. See Being Switched On Notice with date of 2 May.
This mornings Paraliser says Tonsley services start "this Monday" LoL
Saw a train @ Tonsley @ ~1:15pm today
During a return trip on the Seaford line in the middle of the day on Monday, we passed an empty DEMU (3113/3114 I think) once in each direction between Ascot Park and the city. Presumably a test / driver training train for the Tonsley line (admittedly I did not actually see it on the branch).
It would be great to start on a "Stage 1" bus-train interchange at Tonsley station. If peak hour services such as the G20 from Flagstaff Hill and the T722 from Reynella instead became feeder buses at Tonsley, it would reduce bus operating costs and provide many passengers with a faster and more comfortable trip. Peak hour travel time from Tonsley to the city are 30-38 minutes by express bus, compared to a stopping-all-stations train at 21 minutes. The train may save a few minutes more if the faster accelleration of electrics were factored into the timetable, and TSR's fixed up.
A key to this would be a well-designed bus-rail interchange that minimises walking and crossing roads (unlike the previous plan). Between the end of Tonsley station and Sturt Road is an area on the current carpark and an unused section of rail line that according to Google Earth is 75 m long and 25 m wide. This would be more than adequate for several bus bays. Unfortunately the State budget forshadowed for the next few years doesn't even include a couple of million for a such a facility.
How is patronage now ? Are many of the workings now electrics ?The new Park and Ride is close to full every day and there's a heavy stream of traffic rolling out of the Tonsley Park complex (the location of said P&R for the Clovelly Park station) after each train arrives in the afternoon.
Have all these electrics still got the audio graffiti (please mind the gap) installed? I heard something about it not being programmed into at least one of the electric sets.They should be able to remove it. I was on a DEMU a couple of weeks ago where the audio system was not working (putting out bursts of fuzz, like the DEMUs' original sound system) and everybody managed to avoid suffering a gruesome death after falling into the yawning chasm.