High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Order

 
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

Also, what with RP's failure during the launch of the new timetable, has anyone any information on whether more than set 11 is in service now? Youtubers all appear to have dodged this one completely, Vicsig has reverted to lagging seriously behind what is happening in the real world (in all aspects except trams) and I haven't been able to find any other sources to fill the gap.

Neil
ngarner

From what I can tell and based on information/speculation from others, set 11 is the only one that is considered to be "in service" and the only one accepted to be part of Metro's Rolling Stock fleet. However it is still primarily being used for driver training with two extra services that appear on the PTV app being the runs specifically for it to take passengers that are prone to being cancelled at last minute's (literally) notice. Hope this addresses your question Neil.

In other news:

* In January, HCMT sets were testing on the Belgrave Line (mentioned in previous post(s)) and also for the first time (to my knowledge) on the Mernda Line (only up to Reservoir though)

* Set 24 has been transferred to Pakenham East on the 15th? of January 2021 and Set 25 followed on the 28th of January, both were towed by two locomotives with a power van between the locos and HCMT

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  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Thanks for the update Op Kronos, addresses my question well.

I knew about set 25s transfer but wasn't sure if 24 had also gone east, so that additional info is good to know

Neil
  route14 Chief Commissioner

How does it shunt at Reservoir?  It was included in the old destination rolls but I don't remember seeing a crossover there.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
How does it shunt at Reservoir?  It was included in the old destination rolls but I don't remember seeing a crossover there.
route14
There's a crossover at each end of the viaduct.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Right, must be part of the grade separation package.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Youtube clip (not mine) of Evolution assembly at Newport. E026 is coupled together, with the possible exception of Tc 9926. Mp 9127 appears complete as are others of its set (#27) with cars of set 28 being completed and cars of a later set still in their shipping wraps.



https://youtu.be/Z8EoxHtMOqE

Neil
  Upven Train Controller

Anyone know why the door trim is that gaudy yellow? Is it just typical Victoria in the same vein as refusing to couple trains with passengers onboard?
  Tii Junior Train Controller

Right, must be part of the grade separation package.
route14
Yes its there and another between Bell?Thornbury stations. Should help while the LX removals underway in Preston, when the line shuts down when needed.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

That pair have always been there.  A facing crossover between Thornbury and Bell, and a trailing one between Bell and Preston.  I guess in the old days it was possible for a Whittlesea train to overtake a suburban train here?  Or was it some sort of freight marshalling provision?  There is (or at least as of 2000's) a fenced off area on the platform of Bell, which I guess was once a goods loading area?
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Anyone know why the door trim is that gaudy yellow? Is it just typical Victoria in the same vein as refusing to couple trains with passengers onboard?
Upven
Quite probably to help define the doorway for vision impaired. Where I work we now have a vision impaired person, apparently about 10% of "normal" vision, and we now have any change in ground / floor level lined in yellow to define each change in level. It's all about their safety as one or two locations were missed originally and were directly responsible for falls which could have been really serious and, potentially, very costly for failure to protect the disadvantaged.

Neil
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

Based on photos and videos on Facebook I can officially conclude that: Set 8 has officially been accepted by Metro into their Rolling Stock fleet and has also officially entered service today.
My conclusion is that it seems Metro is accepting ones that are deemed "ready" in a similar way to how the Siemens Trains entered service (maybe the Comeng as well? and unlike the X'trapolis) with sets 17 and 18 appearing to be more likely candidates to enter service next than the others delivered so far.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

That pair have always been there.  A facing crossover between Thornbury and Bell, and a trailing one between Bell and Preston.  I guess in the old days it was possible for a Whittlesea train to overtake a suburban train here?  Or was it some sort of freight marshalling provision?  There is (or at least as of 2000's) a fenced off area on the platform of Bell, which I guess was once a goods loading area?
route14

'Always...' I feel old.

The current crossovers at Bell were provided in 1987 when three position signalling replaced double line block working. They were provided simply to facilitate termination of trains at Bell during works.

The goods yard at Bell was removed at the same time. Previously there had been a trailing crossover at the Up end of the platforms to provide access to the goods yard.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

That's newer than I thought.  Bell was on the destination roll of Hitachi and Comeng trains, so I thought the crossover might have existed when these trains were introduced.
    There is a short unwired siding on the up before the Bell St. level crossing.  Is it the remains of the goods yard or was it built later to park track machines?  Thanks.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

    There is a short unwired siding on the up before the Bell St. level crossing.  Is it the remains of the goods yard or was it built later to park track machines?  Thanks.
route14

It was also provided in 1987; previously track machines could use the goods sidings.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Based on photos and videos on Facebook I can officially conclude that: Set 8 has officially been accepted by Metro into their Rolling Stock fleet and has also officially entered service today.
My conclusion is that it seems Metro is accepting ones that are deemed "ready" in a similar way to how the Siemens Trains entered service (maybe the Comeng as well? and unlike the X'trapolis) with sets 17 and 18 appearing to be more likely candidates to enter service next than the others delivered so far.
"Op Kronos"


Good call, Op Kronos!. Vicsig have updated their HCMT page to indicate that set entered service the day you posted.

Neil
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

Set 26 was transferred last night from Newport Workshops to Pakenham East behind locomotives P14 and P17 along with the usual power van PVDY51A.
The below video was uploaded yesterday (not mine) which shows it all coupled up ready to go with other observations including a DMp/Mp1/Mp2 carriage likely belonging to set 27 on the traverser, a Tc from set 27 (I assume) seen from 0:08-0:11 getting fitted out being just visible in the workshops and yet to be unwrapped carriages from what I assume belong to set 28:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0tpkm-vb9Q
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
With the transfer of the 26th unit (thanks Op Kronos) that leaves 39 sets to be delivered. Since the government is still saying they will all be delivered by 2023 that means say, 19 more this year and 20 next year. Considering, even with Covid slowing delivery in the middle of 2020, that 17 were delivered in the twelve months from February 2020 to February 2021 (set 10 in Feb 20 to #26 this Feb) they are going to run very close to actually achieving that target, especially if Covid restrictions lift a little more. It will be interesting to  see how close they come to that target. At the rate they are coming off the production line now it's looking very possible.

Neil
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Up to 200 workers assembling and testing the new high capacity metro trains at Newport and Pakenham have voted to take industrial action that could include indefinite stoppages after Downer refused to renew the contracts of 34 workers, the RTBU says.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Up to 200 workers assembling and testing the new high capacity metro trains at Newport and Pakenham have voted to take industrial action that could include indefinite stoppages after Downer refused to renew the contracts of 34 workers, the RTBU says.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

What a mess this is turning out to be.
  drunkill Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Good on em.
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

Set 9 has been accepted into Metro's Rolling Stock fleet and officially entered service yesterday.
Set 14 has been sighted recently doing mainline testing for the first time (as far as I know) and it also has livery applied.
Set 2 has returned to the Werribee Line and did some mainline testing last night.
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

Set 27 was transferred last night from Newport Workshops to Pakenham East behind locomotives P18 and P16 along with the usual power van PVDY51A.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Pakenham East Yard is looking very large indeed

  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Set 27 was transferred last night from Newport Workshops to Pakenham East behind locomotives P18 and P16 along with the usual power van PVDY51A.
Op Kronos
How does PVDY51 come up with a check letter A?
Something does not add up.

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