2. When I get off at Canley Vale Station, I've noticed every time the train is a Millenium or Waratah, the train powers away and then seems to 'floor it', resulting in the noise of the motors becoming very audible. My father says that his brother, who worked as a driver for many years, says that some drivers used to go from notch 1 to 2, then full without easing up to it and that may be whats happening here. He also outlined a consequence that something would burn out if that action was continued on a particular train. I would not presume to doubt this, as i consider both my father and uncle to be very reliable sources considering their keen interest and vast knowledge of the subject. But is that what is happening?
3. And why are the Waratahs so horrible in the rain? What's up with that terrible shuddering?
4. What are the inlet grey pieces above the Waratah doors? They look like something goes in them.
5. Is the tell-tale whine from the C-Set, Tangara, and Millenium Train the indicator of Chopper Control? It just seems that way to me as the others don't make those sounds.
6. What are the sounds the Millenium Train and Waratah make when getting underway? The Millenium Train makes a whine for a bit then an engine is heard kicking up, while the Waratah has a kind of gassy release sound it makes.
7. What are the lights on the side of the Waratahs on the front used for or supposed to be used for? From their introduction, I'd never seen a Waratah with these lights on. Every train always had the lower 'ditch' lights on, and the upper LED lights on, but not the 'trademark/tell-tale' middle lights. On one rare occasion, while waiting at Windsor Station, the Waratah coming from Clarendon had the middle lights on and they were very bright. Is this why they aren't used? Or perhaps are they used for long distance low-visibility situations?
8. A few weeks ago, I spied an NR at Central. The Indian Pacific was on Platform 2 I think and the NR was on Platform 1, facing the concourse. It was in Pacific National livery. I'm not sure whether the two are connected or not, but while waiting at Lidcombe for my train, I saw two 80 or 81s together headed for the city. Did the NR have problems that day? Or aren't these locos connected? The reason I asked is I can remember years ago seeing the IP and a brown NR at Central, then when at Penrith, I spied 4501 headed by herself presumably towards the city. Or aren't those two connected either.
9. I've also been at Blacktown when a Heritage Train came through with a Black steam locomotive on the front and a 42 or 44 class on the back. Can anyone tell me which these are? I thought I was going crazy when I heard the whistle while waiting for the Richmond Service!
10. I notice that there are still Points Levers and Shunting Signals at Merrylands. I managed to find a picture of a Mill that used to be there but no other information. If anyone can provide more, I'd really appreciate it.
11. On the Easten Suburbs Line, after coming out of a tunnel, there's what looks like track or remnants of a station on the right hand side. Can anyone tell me about this?
12. Just wondering if anyone could tell me exactly what was going on along the Richmond and Penrith Lines recently. Also, any word on the duplication or is it still in the 'not-feasible/too-hard/too-expensive' box?
13. Do goods trains ever show up on the Station Boards? I've noticed that on the Bankstown Line some are listed as 'Special'.
14. What's up with the signal at the South end of Cabramatta being repeated on the opposite side? From my view, the original [on the left] has faded and is difficult to see, but if that's the case, why didn't they replace the original?
15. On the North end of Cabramatta and up a bit from the platform is a signal which indicates 'B' and 'M', for Via Granville or Bankstown, in that order. I don't understand the logic behind these letter assignments. If B stands for Branch and M for Main, shouldn't it be the other way around? And why is this addition to the standard signal needed?
16. At Merrylands north platform, the signal has a feather above it. I've only ever seen it Left for the Fly-Over and Middle for the Cumberland Line. Does it ever go Right? And like the previous question, what is the significance of having such a device on the signal? I mean, the driver knows where he's going, and he can only proceed onto track that he's been given clearance for and has a Green signal.
Sorry about all the questions, but I've been saving them up, as I thought I wouldn't be abe to find a site where I could get answers from, but considering the replies to my other question, i thought I'd give it a shot again.
I've numbered them for ease of reference and answering.