There we waited and waited and waited until an announcement was made that we were waiting for the late running train to Melbourne to pass by...which got me thinking when the UP crossed us and we were now at least 10 minutes late.
There are at least two train controllers who oversee the Ballarat line, one of whom thinks outside the box and would have held the UP at Maddingley loop and allowed our train on continue on its way...on time....no not just so I could arrive home on time, but I digress.
Because we were now 10 minutes late, this had the flow on effect of causing the next UP to be late as my train was late for the cross at Millbrook. This in turn caused the 14:16 DOWN to be late because it had to wait and wait and wait at Parwan loop waiting for the late running UP to cross. This now late running DOWN caused the next UP service to be late and so the cycle continued until there was possibly a change of shift in Centrol and a more imaginative train controller took over and thought outside the box to get things back on time again.
Getting back to my train, the 13:16. It was probably late after the Parwan cross due to the 12:16 running late which caused the UP to be late crossing my train at Parwan loop. This cycle may well have occurred for several hours previous to my train.
On weekends, as I live opposite the Ballarat line, this regularly occurs and can last throughout the day and if I'm at home I'll see the trains passing by up to 10 or even 15 late due to the cumulative effect of a late train creating a domino effect of late running trains throughout the day.
Sometimes on a Sunday I'll catch a down in the afternoon and race to the Aldi 2 blocks from Ballarat station which gives me 40 minutes, do the shopping and race back to Ballarat station to catch the UP and get back to Ballan...all in just over an hour. However If my DOWN from Ballan is more than 10 mins late, I give up and go home and take the car as I won't have the time to do the shopping and I'll have to wait almost an hour at Ballarat station for the next train...but again I digress.
Then, as if by magic a train will arrive...usually on the DOWN, on time and I think a change of shift at Centrol and the new train controller is thinking outside of the box..
Merry Christmas and compliments of the Season to all...