Approaching the level crossing at Donnybrook
Kilmore East loop waiting to cross the 8630 VLine pass from Albury
In the darkness at Tallarook loop waiting for the Sydney bound XPT to pass
The ultimate test to how Southern Crosses' 2 SG Platform Faces handle a combined train of at least 25 vehicles will be shown in March next year.... That's all I'll say at the moment, as planning is still underway & this charter product hasn't been launched yet, but shall be very soon...
What is the maximum amount of carriages that can fit into Platform 2 at southern Cross? Also, how many carriages were in this years Melbourne Cup Southern Aurora special?
In previous years, this train has been hauled by what one might term "heritage" diesels. Is there a compelling reason why that did not happen this year?
It appears that it was 11 cars plus locos, maximum length 294m.
ATRC Notice is at this link : http://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TAA/Files/1030-2014.PDF?1417846268
There were 5 minute stops at Broadmeadows in each direction - presumably where the passengers got off / on.
Platform 2 Southern Cross can handle sg wise at least 17 sg cars and two locos . Platform 2 is sg for its full length. Whilst platform 2 is a dg platform the bg track diverges away from the platform before the platform finishes at the Northern end . (As a former bg platform over its full length platform 2 could hold 19 cars and two locos on the old bg "The Overland".Shame about Plat 1 being nobbled in length. Back in 70's and 80 's my grandmother caught SA from Sydney several times a year to visit. Would fair make the hairs stand up on your back watching the consist crawl down the length of platform, a hiss of air, slight squeal of brakes and consist would come to a rest exactly as clock ticked over to 9 AM . I thought it bloody awesome.
Pre 2006 with longer IP trains in emergency circumstances the train was split at Tottenham with half going into the former platform 1 (up to 17 cars) and half into platform 2 (also up to 17 cars.)
With Southern Cross station today platform 1 has no loco run around and is dg dead end for maximum 7 cars . Platform 2 sg should be OK for up to 17 sg cars .
Shame about Plat 1 being nobbled in length. Back in 70's and 80 's my grandmother caught SA from Sydney several times a year to visit. Would fair make the hairs stand up on your back watching the consist crawl down the length of platform, a hiss of air, slight squeal of brakes and consist would come to a rest exactly as clock ticked over to 9 AM . I thought it bloody awesome.
There was a time in the 'past' when most Passenger Trains had priority, and the Aurora, Spirit, Overland etc were at the very top of that list in Victoria - and woe betide any employee who was deemed responsible for a delay. If they were delayed for any reason, other trains were 'put away' to enable them to regain time.
On previous occasions they have not gone into SCS as the train was too long. Passengers were loaded/unloaded at either North Shore or Broadmeadows.Reason for not going into SCS is not length of train. Bacardi Express went in there 2008 & 2009. Melbourne Cup went in there in 2009.