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Posted 17 Feb 2021 13:35 in Victoria by themetptc

Need to convince Austrak to stop making broad gauge only concrete sleepers and only produce gauge convertible ones for broad gauge use. Also produce dual gauge sleepers. Is there much difference betwe ...

Posted 23 Jan 2021 17:51 in Victoria by themetptc

Yesterday there was an N class loco going back and forth to Wendouree and also somewhere on the Northern line as well. At one stage I saw a Vlocity at Wendouree platform 2. Today been lots of N class  ...

Thanks Neil, valid point about the interstate services, one assumes they get to take preference at times. Surprised running tines were similar, but given it would mostly be express running helps alot. ...

Why did Ballarat pass trains sometimes go via Nth Geelong? Seems a strange and long way to go/get there, especially as they didn't seem to stop at Geelong.

Sim

Posted 17 Jan 2021 21:22 in Victoria by themetptc

Importantly also, it will be interesting to see which company/consortium is given this work.

Posted 30 Dec 2020 13:36 in Victoria by themetptc

I thought it was only the Melbourne to Warrenheip section of the Ballarat line was closed, leaving the way for Ballarat to Geelong open. It would be silly to close the line to Geelong, we've been havi ...

With the unfortunate forthcoming demise of Bombardier due to Alstom, I'm sure that Alstom will go out of their way to quickly stop any Bombardier products from being available/built (thought of, remem ...

Posted 27 Nov 2020 19:22 in Trams and Light Rail by themetptc

From what I've been told/or read, hub drivers only work from hub, they don't car in or car out. If a driver from a home tram depot gets taken by a hub driver in the city then they have their meal at t ...

Posted 27 Nov 2020 18:19 in Trams and Light Rail by themetptc

La Trobe and William St intersection was renewed with the additional curves in June 2008.

Regarding Brunswick depot: jeepers, news hot of the press. These comments about the extension was first I've  ...

Posted 07 Nov 2020 13:45 in The Lounge by themetptc

The biggest winner of this election will be China, Russia too, and perhaps places like Iran. All due to the chaos and division within America this is causing.

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 ...

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