Secondly why will current communicated service changes remain in place? The cancellations / disruptions announced run right through until the early afternoon. There is nothing on the tracks, a bunch of trains out of position, surely you would just start to move trains about on the line picking up and dropping off pax as you go starting with a clean sweep (SAS) each way and going from there.
As has been mentioned already, with crews out of position who would you expect to be able to run a train? The Bendigo crews who run the first few morning UP trains, then run the mid to late morning DOWN trains back to Bendigo. The reverse happens for the Melbourne crews. I've not checked to see what time the first trains resumed but that would be the main reason trains did not start running for a while after the emergency services / Metro gave the all clear.
We don't have any bloody choice!I for one am not patient at all, nor are any of the others on this coach who are an hour plus late for work and other appointments.
Nor did V/Line. A person was struck and killed by a Metro train on Metro track. Perhaps your grievances should be with the deceased for causing the disruption or Metro for allowing it to happen?
We didn't move. Next thing the conductor comes over the PA "due to an unconfirmed grass fire on the line" we are not going anywhere. Really starting to ask why I put myself through this misery.
Sending a train load of passenger towards a potential fire is generally frowned upon!
Well impressed, I didn't think that was possible, do any drivers or others out there know what the headway is for following services in that section? Pretty good work from Centrol trying to untangle the mess in the single line sections from Kyneton to Castlemaine. I didn't think that the next service would get the Green out of Kyneton until the proceeding service had cleared the loop, I wouldn't have imagined that this section was signalled for close following services
To help work it out you need to remember that the loop is not actually a loop at all (even though it is commonly called that) but two ATC single line sections referred to as the East and West lines. Once a DOWN train has cleared the home departure signal that protects the points at the UP end of the Taradale 'loop', the Kyneton to Taradale 'loop' single line section is now clear and a following train can be permitted into the section from Kyneton. In your scenario the second train was most likely waiting at the UP end points and once the first train you passed had exited the 'loop' and headed off towards Castlemaine the second train was then permitted to enter the 'loop' thus allowing your train to continue on its way into the now unoccupied Kyneton to Taradale single line section.
Our Up train last night which was already 30 minutes late into Sunbury was routed over to P2 despite the fact that P1 was not occupied. We then waited around 5 minutes for the next Down service to arrive and cross over to P1 before we were given the green to depart, then having to cross over the Down line to get onto the Up. Had we been sent via P1 we would have easily been in and out at least 3 minutes before the arrival of the Metro service.
This is unfortunately a common occurrence at all Vline/Metro boundaries. Metro are happy to leave you waiting whilst they do a shunt move or send empty cars out in front despite a vacant platform. Their signalers are more and more reluctant to do anything out of the ordinary and seemingly have to clear everything with Metrol who apparently say no to most requests.
I'd also question why Sunbury wasn't in use, but it seems to be increasingly the case that V/Line don't use it for shut downs at all. Possibly it's just an example of Metro and V/Line not playing nice with each other.
Following on from the above, Sunbury is controlled by Metro, if they say no what choice does V/Line have?
Also in regards to the comments regarding the board at V/Line, i'm not convinced that at board level it really matters not having any traditional railway people there. They're making high level decisions and don't need to the know difference between a CCW and a WSA point lever and so on. As long as they can interpret the data and information and that the right information is passed up the chain from an operational level then it should be ok. Just for fun I looked up the board members of my local Health care group and hospital and only one director had any sort of Health care history and they operate just fine.