Metro meltdown in Melbourne

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
a friend just called who says the metro trains have completely stopped in the loop. No trains running on several lines. Complete chaos.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Left Melbourne Uni and arrived at Melbourne Central to find a large number of passengers walking around confused and not knowing what was going on with regard to trains. Most displays outside the barriers were showing no trains via the loop head to Flinders Street.

Total chaos at the station with many people trying to leave the the station at the the same time many were trying to enter the station unaware there were no trains on most of the lines. Once leaving the station many were trying to get onto overcrowded trams. Making my way to Flinders street.

More soon.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
UPDATE City Loop services: We are still experiencing major delays to all services due to a signalling issue. See metrotrains.com.au
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
HurstbridgeMajor Delays • 54 minutes agoAll services are currently running direct to/from Flinders St to Jolimont, not via the City Loop, due to a loss of signalling power near Southern Cross. Customers at City Loop stations are advised to travel to Flinders St to connect with outbound services till further notice.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
On a train out of flinders street which has now stopped at Jolimont. Down and up platforms both have trains. Nothing is moving. Train is packed.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hearing passengers on this train stating there has been a bomb scare of incident at southern cross.

I have also seen the up bhp Long Island train stuck on the up main waiting to get through flinders street.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Metro website states a signal issue not a bomb scaring.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
From the age website.

The train network has gone into a peak-hour meltdown, with almost all lines experiencing delays after a signal fault in the City Loop.
Metro Trains said there were major delays due to a loss of signalling power near Southern Cross around 6.30pm on Wednesday.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Where is the back-up system?
  randomnarwhal Locomotive Driver

To add to the chaos, some trams along Swanston were terminating at QV for some reason. A friend went to catch one, and it and the following 3 were terminated early.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Where is the back-up system?
Valvegear
No need to worry it won't show in the cancellation or late running figures!Rolling Eyes
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Outbound from Flinders Street (eventually) we were then stopped for 20 mins at Jolimont!
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
They lost signalling on 4 of the 6 viaduct tracks between Flinders Street and Spencer Street stations.
Cheers all
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
They lost signalling on 4 of the 6 viaduct tracks between Flinders Street and Spencer Street stations.
Cheers all
damooops

Thanks @damoops things were quite chaotic last night. Cables will eventually fail i guess.

How were trains for the western suburban lines being managed?  Were these operating out of Southern Cross?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Cables will eventually fail i guess.
"bevans"

Why?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some images from last night added to the thread.

Crowding of Platform 1 at Flinders Street



Leaving Flinders Street en route to Jolimont sighting the UP Long Island stopped on the down eastern side of Flinders Street. I suspect the train was delayed for several hours.





  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
They lost signalling on 4 of the 6 viaduct tracks between Flinders Street and Spencer Street stations.
Cheers all

Cables will eventually fail i guess.
bevans
Had they been properly maintained this shouldn't have happened.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Issue reported to have been circuit breaker found tripped at Spencer Street number 2 relay room. Would not stay closed when attempts were made to reset or put the breaker in.  The breaker would not hold in.

Cable was damaged (30 year old cable) and a temporary cable was installed with permanent cable run being completed overnight.

There you have it.

Now thinking about the recent Telstra issues here is a funny one.

  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Authorised Officers were giving out coffee to passengers at my station this morning and according to the evening news tonight (24/3) Metro was giving out Easter Eggs.
Do they really think passengers will be impressed or placated by this or just regard the whole thing as a laughing stock?
Reminds me of when Kosky was giving out icy poles all those years ago in similar circumstances.
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

After all the scheduled maintenance we still have failures, sooner or later we desperately need to install high-capacity signalling in the City Loop including its outskirts; North Melbourne, Jolimont and Richmond.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
No point having High Capacity Signalling installed if they're keeping the same signalling power cables... The City Loop is signalled for 2.5 minute headways, it's not the bottleneck. It just needs more maintenance attention (and funding).
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
After all the scheduled maintenance we still have failures, sooner or later we desperately need to install high-capacity signalling in the City Loop including its outskirts; North Melbourne, Jolimont and Richmond.
slowcoach
The question remains - 'are we getting value for the money we spend on maintenance'?

How often do we see ongoing failures of boom gates at the same locations time and time again. It's been fixed now but at one location I know the supposedly weatherproof junction box was simply tied half shut with insulation tape for months and we wonder why when it rains there are so many failures. No doubt the contractors were paid for the insulation tape job. Is there any professional inspection of contract/Metro maintenance?

Money is spent on completely relaying track only to see it turn into mud holes within months.

How much maintenance is not done properly and, as such, is little more than a waste of money?

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