Will the HCMTs be able to use the platform at Flinders Street that the Pakenham trains use or is it too short?They may need to upgrade platforms 6 and 7 with DDA-compliant standards.
On the Melbourne Trains Reddit thread(https://www.reddit.com/r/MelbourneTrains/
), there are 2 pictures of set 3 at Flinders Street platform 6. Lengthwise, it looks like it fits fine; although only one cab end is shown which had a small amount hanging off the edge (which is almost negligible to be of concern, not sure of other end though).
Regarding DDA compliance: there is currently no gap filler near the train doors to indicate what the gaps between the train and the platform at the doors is like due to wires used to link sensors to computers/data collectors used for testing feeding through. I therefore cannot judge based on the image alone, someone else might be able to examine the images and make a judgement.
Based on images of the mock-up one and a half carriage (see:https://www.ptua.org.au/2017/10/06/inside-melb-new-trains/
), there is meant to be some sort of gap filler along with potentially a ramp of sorts.
In other news, set 4 was transferred back to Pakenham East from Newport last Saturday afternoon (8th of August) while set 2 was transferred back from Newport to Pakenham East on the 23rd of July, set 17 was transferred to Pakenham East on the 13th of July and set 18 was transferred on the 21st of July.
Edit: it seems like sets 2 and 4 are repeatedly getting moved between Pakenham East (for maintenance or repair? +more testing on the Pakenham line?) and Newport (for testing on the Werribee Line).