At 17:48 last night whilst sitting in the 17:51 Wendouree waiting to depart, I received the following message from V/Line.'Delays are expected on the Ballarat line due to a fault at Sunshine'
The conductor also reiterated the message and did his best to keep us informed. Apparently it was a train that broke down on the RRL and it also delayed Geelong & Bendigo trains...I wondered when I heard this if it was a P Class but I digress.
Around 18:15 we were advised to leave the train and to head to the bus station where buses were 'waiting' for departure.
As the several hundred pax headed to the bus station, I headed to the Network bar and pizzeria.
Over the years I've been involved in enough of these interruptions to services to know that it's usually all over in an hour and the hapless pax are crawling along in the traffic on their probable 90 min trip to Ballan, my destination.
At 18:44 the next message from V/Line: 'The faulty train at Sunshine is now on the move. Train running will resume with residual delays'.
I had a very nice and cheap bar meal at the Network and the clincher...Happy Hour decided for me this was the correct decision.
So after two glasses of wine at $5.00 each and the meal, I wandered over to 8 South to catch the 19:15 Ballarat which, with some residual UP delays I was in Ballan by 20:30 and didn't have to be concerned about getting an evening meal together.
So, V/Line...bring on the next delay, I'll be off to the Network Bar.