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themetptc

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Posted 12 Aug 2020 10:54 in Trams and Light Rail by themetptc

Matthew, do the drivers cabs on the Variotram have their own independent A/C or do they use the modules unit?

For example in the Melbourne B2 they use the modules unit, wheras in the Combino the driv ...

Posted 04 Aug 2020 09:53 in Trams and Light Rail by themetptc

Great photos. Such a shame 2001 will lose its very attractive and different blue livery and end up just another green & cream tram.

So grateful & thankful to the forward thinking folk at STM for pres ...

The August issue of AMRM shows the second run of B class locos being released in August. The Auscision website has nothing about it.

The August issue of AMRM also has a detailed list of release dates ...

Posted 09 May 2020 12:43 in Victoria by themetptc

Given PN run 40 wagon grain trains and therefore a known weight, did one of the locos fail?

Posted 30 Mar 2020 18:02 in The Lounge by themetptc

Moderators, can this thread be left just to the topic of Covid-19 and its effects, treatments, news etc. And not be about ships, blame and politics please?

Sim

Posted 18 Mar 2020 18:35 in The Lounge by themetptc

One of my colleagues partner works at a hospital and told them that they (and their colleagues) have seen, both in the flesh and on security screens, members of the public rip off hand sanitizers of t ...

Posted 16 Mar 2020 21:38 in The Lounge by themetptc

The freezer buying is panic buying. It seems many homes are buying a couple of freezers, then either cooking meals or storing food in the freezers to last a few months at least. So hopefully when all  ...

Good to see some progress on the T class.

I was very surprised that they are doing primarily VR with a few V/Line and no Freight Australia, West Coast Railway & SSR, but like davesvline wrote - may ...

Bombardier Transportation has been sold to Alstom.

Bombardier have performed a re-evaluation of the company and decided to just focus on private aviation (business jets), resulting in them selling  ...

Great stories and insight Neil, thankyou.  It would be great to have these in a book with pictures and diagrams, similar to Nick Anchens wonderful books with tales from the front line.

For those of ...

Posted 04 Dec 2019 13:39 in Victoria by themetptc

They have been busy of late with a refurbishment program of the already in service XTraps. Since the start of August there had been six 3 car sets in plastic wrap in Northern yard waiting to be put to ...

Was on WIN News last night that SSR visited the railway and delivered 3 Y class locos to VGR, one appeared to be 157.  Some good news for them. Haven't seen this news anywhere else, so don't know if t ...

Seems like a threat from Alstom to me - "buy our trains or we will close".

The 2.0 upgrade does however sound good, although about 150 3 car sets too late, problems/inadequatness was known in the 1.0 ...

No, it is a completely new and very large workshop & storage building. The only 'extension' is a continuation of 3 roads in the original depot to access the new building.

The drawings and plans are p ...

Something was going on in Maldon today (no signs anywhere saying what). The main road was closed and filled with hundreds of motorbikes, as well as the area and roads to/from Maldon having dozens of m ...

Went throgh Maldon on Saturday and noticed T333 in the yard. Good to see it back, hope it got its wheels done so it can be used (didn't stop to see).

Sim

And no news yet on the re-run of the Austrains Neo Victorian T & Y class locos.  Due to be released this year, of which there are 9 days left of.

Bring on an XR loco! The third series X already done by Austrains. XR is only larger size Vic loco not done. They could do the F class diesel and E class electric shunters however. That's pretty much  ...

Posted 04 Sep 2018 23:21 in Victoria by themetptc

I did hear the other day on local radio news that Jacinta Allan said that there will be no passenger trains between Ballarat and Geelong as the line is being converted to Standard Gauge and that Stand ...

[quote=BrentonGolding]Getting away from fantasy NR Overland diversions via Maldon and back to VGR matters, another update to the VGR Mechanical blog this week shows more work on Y133.

https://vgrme ...

Anyone else got theirs?, only seems 2 people have so far.  I am still waiting for mine, so looking forward to them, they look great.

Posted 04 Nov 2017 13:32 in Victoria by themetptc

Why are Victorian operators or track providers obsessed with 80kph speed limit for freight trains rather than 100kph?

This is a great opportunity to achieve that as well.

23TAL and 100kph should be ...

[quote=kingfisher]I thought that Flattop made the situation perfectly clear in his comment of 19 August when he said [i]"They are airfreighting 100 of each number , the rest will follow by sea a few w ...

Thanks for that info comtrain, I (and probably others) had no idea Trainorama was a one man operation. Knowing that, it is a remarkable and wonderful effort and achievement for him to do what he has d ...

Well done to Trainorama for producing extra S class locos and different liveries & numbers. I have seen the first run locos and they were great, so look forward to seeing the second run.  Now that Tra ...

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