I don't know any details of when this ceased but I imagine that Kennett's privatisation would be a fair guess.
Car vs train in bairnsdale this afternoon. Incident still ongoing. reported as 2 trapped.Reported to been at Ligar Street level crossing (the first crossing out of Bairnsdale yard)
Train Delay 18:18 Bairnsdale to SCS train is delayed by approximately 90 minutes due to an emergency services request at Bairnsdale. [19:18 05/10]
Service Disruption 18:18 Bairnsdale to Pakenham train will originate from Traralgon with customers from preceding stations to travel per road coach due to an emergency service request [19:40 05/10]
Re PIMMs post about PTV staff not getting free travel: this used to be the case under VR/Vicrail. When I started working out of Sth Dynon I was given a small metal token about thumb nail sized that entitled me to free travel. I made as much use of it as I could getting to and from work. I don't know any details of when this ceased but I imagine that Kennett's privatisation would be a fair guess.
Our old friend, "Defective Signals in the Sunbury Area" is back again:Ah, I wondered why we stopped between Diggers and Scumbury, I thought it was old mate Congestion but no!
V/LINE has been accused of ripping off a local app company’s intellectual property and then offering $10,000 to settle the dispute secretly without admitting fault.
The regional rail operator, a government-owned corporation, has upgraded its app over the past three years to give passengers easy access to real-time information on train services and platforms.
But developers at Melbourne software firm Glass Echidna say they were shocked earlier this year to discover that the improved V/Line app appeared almost identical to their own Go Melbourne Train Timetable software, which they created in 2013.
Co-director Benjamin Dobell said he contacted V/Line and offered to license it to use the technology that Glass Echidna had created.
But he said bureaucrats at the operator denied any wrongdoing. He said they offered $10,000 to settle the matter out of court, on the condition of confidentiality.
Mr Dobell said he chose to refuse the money because he wanted to raise awareness about the problem of infringement of intellectual property in Australia.
“We are a small Victorian business,” he said.
“We’re not interested in being paid off and it’s far too hard as a small company, with three people, to take something like this to court.
“It’s just disappointing that this can happen and I feel a bit like I’ve been taken advantage of,” Mr Dobell said.
He said that while other apps now provided service information, they did not look as similar to his product as the one produced by V/Line.
“At the time, it was a unique program, and our designers spent a lot of effort to make it intuitive,” he said.
“I don’t want anything like this to happen to another small company again. “If people want to license technology, they should just do it — that’s why businesses like ours exist,” Mr Dobell said.
A V/Line spokeswoman said the operator had been in confidential correspondence with Glass Echidna since early this year.
She said: “V/Line worked with Vortilla Digital to develop the V/Line mobile app, and it has been available for passengers and the public to use since 2015.” V/Line has faced harsh criticism from its passengers in recent years. Performance figures showed that just 88.2 per cent of regional trains arrived on time in September.
Meanwhile, in the real world, far from "fast rail"...
"Signal fault" at Sunshine has all RRL lines in both directions cactus. Nothing has moved for over 40 minutes. There is also talk of Fitzgerald Rd level crossing being stuck down.
Sounds pretty grim. Interlocking failure?
Went on for 3 hours and didn't right itself until the 18:23 Ararat on my line.You disappoint me Grasshopper. I thought that you would have chosen a quiet pint or 3 at Network or one of your other CBD watering holes!
After decades of occasional delays by defective signals, unruly pax or jumpers, courtesy of the V/Line messaging system I've learned to stay at work until the dust settles.
Sunshine signals 557 and 534 have failed in the area of sunshine and on the metro boundary.If this information is indeed correct, those are Metro's signals protecting the points on the UP side of Sunshine that go from the main suburban lines to the RRL and/or the independent through tracks (the goods lines to Tottenham). Yet another case of a Metro issue affecting V/Line services?
If this information is indeed correct, those are Metro's signals protecting the points on the UP side of Sunshine that go from the main suburban lines to the RRL and/or the independent through tracks (the goods lines to Tottenham). Yet another case of a Metro issue affecting V/Line services?