Hitachi spotting

 
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

Right great chatting chaps, but back to the topic of spotting...

288-275M are currently sitting in Melbourne yard, pans up.
"VN18"

I think you're a year behind on Hitachi set coupling. In about April last year (I think), 288M was separated from 275M and recoupled with 294M. And then later in the year it was recoupled with 273M.

275M-279M is at Macaulay, probably the one you saw, 288M-273M is at Craigieburn, and is the set which will be used for the tour.

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  Camster Chief Commissioner

Location: Geelong
The fact that the rumoured retirement of the Hitachis has gone on so long shows how things change. I think I could safely say that a lot of users here in the early days of the impending removal of Hitachi were thinking it would be good to see them go.
  VN18 Junior Train Controller

Location: Central Highlands
I think you're a year behind on Hitachi set coupling. In about April last year (I think), 288M was separated from 275M and recoupled with 294M. And then later in the year it was recoupled with 273M.

275M-279M is at Macaulay, probably the one you saw, 288M-273M is at Craigieburn, and is the set which will be used for the tour.
"mattylovestrains"



Yes you are right, I seen 274M thus thinking 275 was the lead M. Iv been hopeless sins the re numbering of sets. Anyway 288M-273M were in Melbourne yard.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

unknown hitachi thru Ringwood a few minutes ago, city bound nos unknown saw from road...........
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
unknown hitachi thru Ringwood a few minutes ago, city bound nos unknown saw from road...........
trainbrain

That's the Farewell Hitachi Tour - at the moment we're heading to General Motors for a photo stop.
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

That's the Farewell Hitachi Tour - at the moment we're heading to General Motors for a photo stop.
"Gauntlet"

No it's not, the tour is on the 12th
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
No it's not, the tour is on the 12th
mattylovestrains

You might have to engage your sense of humour and check the date/time of the posting Rolling Eyes.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
No it's not, the tour is on the 12th
mattylovestrains

It can't be - three weeks ago trainbrain was the first one to inform us of the date of the tour and it was April 1.
Since he spotted it yesterday the extra 2 in the date must have been a typo.
  MrToastyy Locomotive Driver

Location: Werribee
Even if he were to mistaken the date or whatever it's not planned to run to Belgrave or Lilydale
  mattylovestrains Train Controller

It can't be - three weeks ago trainbrain was the first one to inform us of the date of the tour and it was April 1
Since he spotted it yesterday the extra 2 in the date must have been a typo.
"Gauntlet"

I can see you clearly have not read this forum much, and you haven't seen the Steamrail website. It CLEARLY says on Steamrail that the tour is on the 12th of April. The post that it was the 1st was just a lie.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Oh  dear..................some people never learn, Come in spinner hook line and sinker, YEP Folks there still some fools amongst us (OF THE APRIL variety)............................I cannot stop laughing..................
  ljayvee6 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Apm Siding
Except the image is actually Ljayvee's. The image was originally uploaded by a wikipedia user named 'Alphaslucas' who lists 'ljayvee6' as being his Youtube channel, the same name as the Railpage user and both use the same avvie of L1162.
"Comeng552M"

I'll have to upload the photo on flickr now because it was deleted on Wikipedia for being unused and a bad shot.
  ljayvee6 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Apm Siding
Ok, done.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Sorry these are not current, but here are some Hitachi spottings from last year, while they were still in service.

  Pjb Beginner

Hello everyone - I am new here and enjoying the discussion on the last Hitachi trains in service - that were! Sorry if this is a side issue, but can anyone tell me why the traction motors on the Hitachi trains are so quiet ( they do not emit the usual "gear type" sounds) ? I've always wondered why.
  MrToastyy Locomotive Driver

Location: Werribee
It seems like there's only two Hitachis at Macauley?
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
It seems like there's only two Hitachis at Macauley?
MrToastyy

I spotted three there today.
  VN18 Junior Train Controller

Location: Central Highlands
Hello everyone - I am new here and enjoying the discussion on the last Hitachi trains in service - that were! Sorry if this is a side issue, but can anyone tell me why the traction motors on the Hitachi trains are so quiet ( they do not emit the usual "gear type" sounds) ? I've always wondered why.
Pjb

While its hard to know exactly what sound you are talking of. My guess would be, if you are talking about a comparison with a Comeng car? the Comeng use the typical gear type drive arrangement, same as most locomotives. while Hitachi trains have a gearbox and coupling arrangement, much the same as the Siemens cars. But as I say hard to really know what sound you are talking of.

Also, from the other day...

  mattylovestrains Train Controller
  Pjb Beginner

Right thanks VN18, it looks like I've found my answer. Yes I was talking in comparison with most of the other electric types, ie. the Tait, Harris and Comeng. I see the similarity that exists between the Hitachi and Siemens trains now. Pity there weren't more - especially in terms of braking reliability. Oh well, we shall enjoy our last official hurrah on Saturday then!
  Camster Chief Commissioner

Location: Geelong
Right thanks VN18, it looks like I've found my answer. Yes I was talking in comparison with most of the other electric types, ie. the Tait, Harris and Comeng. I see the similarity that exists between the Hitachi and Siemens trains now. Pity there weren't more - especially in terms of braking reliability. Oh well, we shall enjoy our last official hurrah on Saturday then!
Pjb

I know what you mean. I have always said that the Hitachis sound different to the Tait, Harris and Comengs. However, I think the Hitachi motors can make a similar sound to the rest sometimes, after one trip in the city loop after the rail grinder had gone through and there was very little track sound.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
That was the track sound. Smile
  ljayvee6 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Apm Siding
Hello everyone - I am new here and enjoying the discussion on the last Hitachi trains in service - that were! Sorry if this is a side issue, but can anyone tell me why the traction motors on the Hitachi trains are so quiet ( they do not emit the usual "gear type" sounds) ? I've always wondered why.
"Pjb"

Martin and king work magic.
  ljayvee6 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Apm Siding
Right thanks VN18, it looks like I've found my answer. Yes I was talking in comparison with most of the other electric types, ie. the Tait, Harris and Comeng. I see the similarity that exists between the Hitachi and Siemens trains now. Pity there weren't more - especially in terms of braking reliability. Oh well, we shall enjoy our last official hurrah on Saturday then!
Pjb

Unfortunately, we were stopped by vandals.
I created a thread to discuss the tour here: http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1906014.htm
[edit]No need to have 3+ thread discussing this. Check out the one in the Tourist & Preservation section.

Please leave that matter to that thread, and no discussion here in this thread.

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  hitachi69 Locomotive Driver

channel 9 said there going to keep a set preserved. do you think there will be any hitachi runs lets say within the 5 year period?

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