Thanks @jakar. In my defence I did predict that you would have a logical explanation!Never let passengers get in the way of running a railway eh V/Line!!!What about when passengers cause the delays?
Locked external doors were forced open by a passenger mid section which caused the conductor to red light the train and request police to attend.
I still don't understand the putting the empty train ahead of a revenue service though.
We only ended up 5 minutes late into Footscray (against the well padded timetable of course) so no idea whether it was "on time" into Southern Cross.