Melbourne Suburban Disruptions (Since Metro Introduction)

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Stony Point Line has been down all day.

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
With very few travelling on PT at the minute due to the virus Metro's terminology must have been updated. Clearly Minor Delays now refers to the number of pax affected not the number of services - showing minor delays on the Willy line however judging from the number of trains stuck on the line from North Melb to Footscray and beyond the delays would have been a bit more serious than minor!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Just got an SMS from PTV saying that Werribee > Laverton is now going to be out of action till Dec 27th due to a rail equipment fault!!!

All Metro services replaced by busses with freights still able to operate with appropriate traffic management in place!!!
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I read this yesterday but forgot from where.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Just got an SMS from PTV saying that Werribee > Laverton is now going to be out of action till Dec 27th due to a rail equipment fault!!!

All Metro services replaced by busses with freights still able to operate with appropriate traffic management in place!!!
BrentonGolding
I read this yesterday but forgot from where.
route14

https://Railpage.com.au/f-p2200514.htm#2200514
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

A bit of news that has gone under the radar, one of the Rail Replacemnt busses on the Lilydale line left the road coming down the Hill in Mooroolbark R yesterday afternnon,just before the Hull Rd  rail overbrdge and ended up in the ditch, reports have it and witnesses said  driving to fast, wet slippery road and the usual banked up traffic at the lights. Driver has slammed on the brakes and slidded into the ditch, no reprts of injuries, rear end of bus was not touching the ground. Very lucky.  News first hand from an eyewitnessed that passed said vehicle , all emergency services in attendance.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Not a disruption as such, but a brilliant effort today. Scene is the Pakenham train, ex Parliament at 12:55, via the Loop and Finders Street. It arrived there and three separate voice messages, and two illuminated signs, announced the "this train will terminate here."
Result? Instant confusion. People jumping off, checking the station signage and dubiously re-boarding. A family of obvious overseas origin went nearly into panic mode - how were they going to get home? Was there another train?
Finally, a correct announcement was made and everybody relaxed.
Nice work, Metro; what's your next party trick?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
'... Nice work, Metro; what's your next party trick? ...'
This announcement was intended for Thursday next week but they couldn't even get the date right!
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  That scores me two days, two train trips, two information foul-ups. God help any visitors to Melbourne.

It is nearly 52 years since we could talk with men on the moon. Is it really beyond the wit of man to get something as simple as a sign working properly?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  That scores me two days, two train trips, two information foul-ups. God help any visitors to Melbourne.

It is nearly 52 years since we could talk with men on the moon. Is it really beyond the wit of man to get something as simple as a sign working properly?
Valvegear
Was it a Siemens train? If so, I am surprised that it was only a couple of stations in error.

Otherwise, rhetorical question I assume, but the answer is 'yes'. Smile
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  That scores me two days, two train trips, two information foul-ups. God help any visitors to Melbourne.

It is nearly 52 years since we could talk with men on the moon. Is it really beyond the wit of man to get something as simple as a sign working properly?
Valvegear
Of course mankind can get a sign working properly, just as soon as we work out who is going to pay for it...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  That scores me two days, two train trips, two information foul-ups. God help any visitors to Melbourne.

It is nearly 52 years since we could talk with men on the moon. Is it really beyond the wit of man to get something as simple as a sign working properly?
Of course mankind can get a sign working properly, just as soon as we work out who is going to pay for it...
Lockspike
Mankind! Are we allowed to say that these days? Smile
We probably got what we specified and paid double for! Rolling Eyes
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Buses replacing Belgrave trains earlier this afternoon at Burnley due to somebody "being struck" according to an announcement at Parliament.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I caught a Flinders Street train this morning from platform 4 at Richmond. I took one look at the track, and am now waiting for the derailment that will merit an entry in this thread.
There is a massive mud hole at the Down end, followed immediately by a collection of timber sleepers which should have been donated to Steamrail for light-up wood a long time ago. They're no use for anything else. One staff member there, who has seen service in many places around Victoria, told me that he had raised the matter with the relevant mob (or mobs), and nobody wanted to know.

Whilst on the subject, the plastic sleepers on trial at platform 2 appear to be in very good shape.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

I caught a Flinders Street train this morning from platform 4 at Richmond. I took one look at the track, and am now waiting for the derailment that will merit an entry in this thread.
There is a massive mud hole at the Down end, followed immediately by a collection of timber sleepers which should have been donated to Steamrail for light-up wood a long time ago. They're no use for anything else. One staff member there, who has seen service in many places around Victoria, told me that he had raised the matter with the relevant mob (or mobs), and nobody wanted to know.

Whilst on the subject, the plastic sleepers on trial at platform 2 appear to be in very good shape.
Valvegear
Are you a new traveller on the Melbourne Metro network??
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Are you a new traveller on the Melbourne Metro network??
"Majikthise"
Hard to define really. I started travelling on suburban trains as a kid in the 1940's; used trains to school 1954-58. Thereafter, a long hiatus where, for simply geographical reasons it was easier to take trams, but since moving to Richmond two months ago, with an arduous (?) 50 metre walk to Richmond station, I'm back on rail. In the interim, I traversed some suburban lines with R707, but never had any chance to look at the tracks.
The example I quoted stood out like a bandaged head because other Richmond roads appear to be in good shape.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Haven't been to town since BC (before Covid) but is the bloody great mudhole still at the east end of Platform 4 at Flinders Street under the concourse? It had been there for yonks BC but as it is under the protection of the concourse one can but wonder where the moisture to form the mud might come from.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

Are you a new traveller on the Melbourne Metro network??
Hard to define really. I started travelling on suburban trains as a kid in the 1940's; used trains to school 1954-58. Thereafter, a long hiatus where, for simply geographical reasons it was easier to take trams, but since moving to Richmond two months ago, with an arduous (?) 50 metre walk to Richmond station, I'm back on rail. In the interim, I traversed some suburban lines with R707, but never had any chance to look at the tracks.
The example I quoted stood out like a bandaged head because other Richmond roads appear to be in good shape.
Valvegear
Take a trip towards Belgrave or Lilydale, it might cure any desire to ride the rails again.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Take a trip towards Belgrave or Lilydale, it might cure any desire to ride the rails again.
"Majikthise"
No doubt you're right, but I guess that seeing track in a bad state differs a bit from experiencing it.
And, by way of correction, I did Platform 4 at Richmond a disservice; it is in fact platform 3.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
On 24th March, I posted:-
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  

As of yesterday, the count is up to six. This is just plain dumb. Who is responsible for setting these signs to give the correct message?
  Tii Junior Train Controller

On 24th March, I posted:-
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  

As of yesterday, the count is up to six. This is just plain dumb. Who is responsible for setting these signs to give the correct message?
Valvegear
It is dumb- it can't be that hard can it. The driver needs a display in the cab to check or a way to advance the setting when it goes wrong. I assume its linked to a GPS/4G network and set for the line. It's 2021 for goodness sake.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
On 24th March, I posted:-
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  

As of yesterday, the count is up to six. This is just plain dumb. Who is responsible for setting these signs to give the correct message?
Valvegear
Sadly it's par for the course.
She'll be right like so many other transport deficiencies in Victoria.
'We will appoint an additional 100 spin doctors' to see that this doesn't happen again'!
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
On 24th March, I posted:-
Today's Metro Trick - on a 1700 departure from Parliament direct for Richmond, for the whole distance, the leading carriage's illuminated sign read, "Arriving at Southern Cross."  

As of yesterday, the count is up to six. This is just plain dumb. Who is responsible for setting these signs to give the correct message?
Sadly it's par for the course.
YM-Mundrabilla
Yep, happens on V/Line quite often as well. I think that the GPS just gets lost or stops working, not uncommon to be pulling into Sunbury on the Up with the display saying next station is Castlemaine or any other of the preceding stations.

One evening a couple of months back due to bustitutions on the Bendigo line I found myself at Southern Cross trying to get back to Norf Melbourne. That night there happened to be works going on in the city as well (perhaps on the viaduct between SC and FS, not sure) but anyway the train I was to catch came into the platform from the opposite direction than expected.

Like most other intending pax I was totally confused and this was made worse by the fact that the on train display had the wrong info up telling us that the train was going to Flinders St whereas in fact it was headed to Werribee.

I boarded anyway choosing to trust the platform PIDS over the on board display but it was only when the train pulled out that I was sure it was heading in the desired direction!

I'm a seasoned traveller with a fair bit of rail knowledge, imagine how Joe Public would have felt with that circus to contend with.

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