Bound for Bathurst - but no one on board

 

News article: Bound for Bathurst - but no one on board

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  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW


At 5.50pm last Friday I was at Central Station to catch a train to Katoomba. The destination board told me that an express train to Bathurst, stopping at Katoomba, was to leave platform 2 at 5.55pm. At the platform I found what appeared to be a very long train.
In fact they were three separate trains, all lined up, nose to tail. The front train was going to Bathurst at 5.55pm, the second to Wyong at 6pm and the third nowhere.
Bound for Bathurst - but no one on board


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I'd be interested to indeed read "the full story". There are a lot of rather dubious "observations" made in this story...

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  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Sounds like a whingefest used for a beatup.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Wait on, double checks, yep it's Fairfax, not a News Limited beat up.Surprised

It is quite clearly displayed with signs and on the monitors, which train to go to, if their is more than one in the platform.

As pointed out in that story with the mention of the Wyong, some passengers can't even tell the difference between a single & double deck train.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
As pointed out in that story with the mention of the Wyong, some passengers can't even tell the difference between a single & double deck train.
"Newcastle Express"
I feel compelled to point out that the vast majority of CityRail's patronage base is neither aware of nor particularly interested in what type of train is used to operate their service. Certainly, we are aware that the Bathurst service is operated by a 2N set, a single-deck diesel train with fluted body-sides and square lavatories; we are equally aware that the Wyong service would be operated by an 8H set, a double-deck electric train with smooth body-sides and round lavatories.

Most passengers do not know and do not care about these differences; as such, the type of train used for a service is (not unreasonably) immaterial to them and thus does not serve as an indicator for the average passenger as to what service to board for their trip. While we can certainly assert that more often than not passengers do not read and do not listen, as well as admit that errors in communication were made, I do not for a moment believe that it is justifiable to ridicule passengers based on their inability to differentiate the 17:55 Bathurst service and the 18:00 Wyong service based on whether the trains were single-deck or double-deck.
  M636C Minister for Railways

I assume that the "nobody on board" assertion basically meant that since the writer didn't find the correct train he assumed nobody else did?

I imagine that regular Bathurst passengers found the train in the usual way...

M636C
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
While most commuters don't care what the details of their train are, they do have their preference for it. Also standing on the station at say Hornsby (winds clock back to when I commuted). When a Red rattler, S set or T set arrived, few would stir. But if the regular DD with a blue end or single set U-boat was 1km rounding the bend, the cattle would start forming around the exact spot the doors will (driver willing) stop at. Something the average suburban commuter didn't seem to manage but often laugh at looking across from their lowly Plat 2 or 3.  And the odd one off user would stupidly stand between the crowds, thinking they would beat the crowd.

Provided Cityrail maintains some form of regular operation, the cattle will not car if they have three trains on the platform. The single level thing with a noisey engine and usually 2 cars will be recognised as the Bathurst train over the 4 car DD electric thingie and the one parked at end shutdown.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Point taken Watson, but it still looks like a beat up.

Anyone get the feeling that their were signs displayed either on the platform or a note on the monitor?
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Point taken Watson, but it still looks like a beat up.

Anyone get the feeling that their were signs displayed either on the platform or a note on the monitor?
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Point taken Watson, but it still looks like a beat up.
"Newcastle Express"
It is doubtless a mere beat-up by the press, but I am wary of we the membership here writing our own reverse beat-ups.

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