All stations challenge 20th January 2017

 
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Train Race Challenges Sydney is promoting another All Stations Challenge on Friday January 20th. Individual or team racers, no experience necessary! Start at Central, travel only by train, make at least one stop at each of 178 Sydney suburban stations, and return to finish at Central. Best time wins, and may feature on Railroad Australia, who will be filming this event.

More details are available at the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514924651871069/

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  TomBTR Junior Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
More details are available at the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514924651871069/
simstrain
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  darcyj Chief Train Controller

More details are available at the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514924651871069/
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TomBTR

It may be that the event is only visible to members of the FB group for which the event was set up.  Try https://www.facebook.com/groups/sydneytrainschallenge/
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Train Race Challenges Sydney is promoting another All Stations Challenge on Friday January 20th. Individual or team racers, no experience necessary! Start at Central, travel only by train, make at least one stop at each of 178 Sydney suburban stations, and return to finish at Central. Best time wins, and may feature on Railroad Australia, who will be filming this event.
simstrain
Something akin to this guy in London?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1ALuSiaj4&index=5&list=PLt4q5oaptyI-EaceaZjul7AS0hiIvHokY
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Something akin to this guy in London?
Pressman


Yes; and in fact I've discussed this with Geoff before.
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I can't get the link to work, so for the benefit of a Mexican, what are the outer extremities of the lines in question?
I guess that two would be Macarthur and Berowra, but I'd like the up to date facts if someone has the time to post them.

I know that a similar thing was done in Melbourne many years ago by private individuals; not as part of a contest
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

I can't get the link to work, so for the benefit of a Mexican, what are the outer extremities of the lines in question?
I guess that two would be Macarthur and Berowra, but I'd like the up to date facts if someone has the time to post them.

I know that a similar thing was done in Melbourne many years ago by private individuals; not as part of a contest
Valvegear

Waterfall, Macarthur, Emu plains and Berowra.

You will have to join the group to see the event page because we closed the group when a spammer started to post pornography on it. During the event participants have to post images of certain stations to prove that you were on a train that actually stopped at that station.

We would be glad to help any Mexicans or anybody from any other state who wish to participate in this event.
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
You will have to join the group to see the event page because we closed the group when a spammer started to post pornography on it.
"simstrain"
I couldn't have used it; my pornograph is broken anyway.Embarassed
Thanks very much for the info.
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Event changed to Thursday 19th January due to matters associated with the participation of Railroad Australia.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Here is the group page for anybody interested in competing in this other events. An all stations challenge can be done by anybody on any day if you have a spare day to waste in Sydney. Just need to post your progress in the facebook page and post images.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sydneytrainschallenge/
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
An all stations challenge can be done by anybody on any day if you have a spare day to waste in Sydney.
simstrain


Basically; but bear in mind it's more fun when you're racing others.
  RTT_Rules The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dubai UAE
An all stations challenge can be done by anybody on any day if you have a spare day to waste in Sydney.


Basically; but bear in mind it's more fun when you're racing others.
s3_gunzel
With a blind start time so prep work is of limited value, you have to do more on the run.

ie turn up at Central at a nominated time and starter will blow the whistle randomly within next 60min from that start time.

GPS tracking
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
With a blind start time so prep work is of limited value, you have to do more on the run.
RTT_Rules


We do have a race like that.
  nswtrains Deputy Commissioner

Train Race Challenges Sydney is promoting another All Stations Challenge on Friday January 20th. Individual or team racers, no experience necessary! Start at Central, travel only by train, make at least one stop at each of 178 Sydney suburban stations, and return to finish at Central. Best time wins, and may feature on Railroad Australia, who will be filming this event.

More details are available at the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514924651871069/
Frankly, I have better things to do with my time. Should be renamed Kiddy Train Challenge. I note it is school holidays time.
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Frankly, I have better things to do with my time. Should be renamed Kiddy Train Challenge. I note it is school holidays time.
nswtrains


Duly noted.

I also note, however, that this runs all year round; not just during school holidays.

You're welcome to do whatever you like in this hobby; as are we.
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Frankly, I have better things to do with my time. Should be renamed Kiddy Train Challenge. I note it is school holidays time.
"nswtrains"
How terribly superior of you.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I can't get the link to work, so for the benefit of a Mexican, what are the outer extremities of the lines in question?
I guess that two would be Macarthur and Berowra, but I'd like the up to date facts if someone has the time to post them.

I know that a similar thing was done in Melbourne many years ago by private individuals; not as part of a contest
Valvegear
The Melbourne effort was to travel on all suburban lines in one day, from memory it was shown that this was only possible if all trains ran on time. I believe the guys that won it had a very detailed plan on how this was to be achieved, but it could not be done on the day due to a number of late running services. I remember considering it, (I was living in Ringwood at the time) but concluded it was likely an impossible feat.

woodford
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Frankly, I have better things to do with my time. Should be renamed Kiddy Train Challenge. I note it is school holidays time.
nswtrains

Your valuable time and your notation are acknowledged.

We stage organised races like these at various times of the year, typically on a Friday to avoid trackwork closures although this time we are on a Thursday where there will be late-night shutdowns.

Running on a weekday presents an obvious problem - people have work, university, school.  Most people still work Monday to Friday, and so those who are able to utilise flexible rostering or RDOs are the ones who get to play.  School holidays presents two positive factors; firstly, those who are still students are available, and secondly, the volume of passengers on the trains between 07:30-09:00 and 15:00-16:00 is greatly reduced.  Volume of passengers boarding/alighting and moving through the stations is one of the prime causes of minor delays, and even minor delays can unhinge an all-stations zig-zag plan.

The challenge of covering all stations in one day has a proud history much longer than my involvement, or any of the others who have posted in this thread.  The complexity of planning and the stamina required for execution are far more adult pursuits than you may give credit for.

The Tube Challenge in particular is a well-established, and organised, recreational pursuit.  But why should London have all the fun?

So, if this is for kiddies, I would assume that a simple solution is possible.  I look forward to that solution being posted here to put us all at ease.  Of course, this is a race, so the simple solution may not be preferable to the difficult, but faster, solution.

Final note:  It is only a week away, but it is not too late to be involved.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sydneytrainschallenge/


John
  michaelgm Train Controller

For me at least, I think it could be fun day out. Give me an opportunity to travel on lines I have not for sometime.

The time to plan and technology is not my friend, and I no longer have a mobile phone, I'd want to be competitive, not just make up the numbers, means my exclusion.

And I am far from being a kid!!

Beat of luck to all participating, please post results.
  RTT_Rules The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dubai UAE
I can't get the link to work, so for the benefit of a Mexican, what are the outer extremities of the lines in question?
I guess that two would be Macarthur and Berowra, but I'd like the up to date facts if someone has the time to post them.

I know that a similar thing was done in Melbourne many years ago by private individuals; not as part of a contest
The Melbourne effort was to travel on all suburban lines in one day, from memory it was shown that this was only possible if all trains ran on time. I believe the guys that won it had a very detailed plan on how this was to be achieved, but it could not be done on the day due to a number of late running services. I remember considering it, (I was living in Ringwood at the time) but concluded it was likely an impossible feat.

woodford
woodford
The one I read about in RP a year or two ago or more showed Mel had the advantage you could leg it from one (name escapes me) branch line to another to save a backtrack as Mel is very much in out in out in out in out. This I don't think can be done in Sydney although when the NWRL Metro is done you could do that to get to Richmond line and save a lengthy back track. The addition of the Sydney Metro will certainly add to the challenge as well.

From what I heard a few years ago, I thought Sydney in one day was a "F'n" hard slog and its a very long day and a bed not far from Central would probably be an advantage.

Good luck to them and yes its been done in school holidays for obvious reasons and harmless fun and why on earth would someone make a negative comment? Would you rather them paint the trains at night?
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

For me at least, I think it could be fun day out. Give me an opportunity to travel on lines I have not for sometime.

The time to plan and technology is not my friend, and I no longer have a mobile phone, I'd want to be competitive, not just make up the numbers, means my exclusion.

And I am far from being a kid!!

Beat of luck to all participating, please post results.
michaelgm

Your welcome to tag along with me on my plan. I have plenty of electronic devices to make up for your lack of.
  nswtrains Deputy Commissioner

Frankly, I have better things to do with my time. Should be renamed Kiddy Train Challenge. I note it is school holidays time.
How terribly superior of you.
Valvegear
At least you got that one right!!!
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Mel had the advantage you could leg it from one (name escapes me) branch line to another to save a backtrack as Mel is very much in out in out in out in out. This I don't think can be done in Sydney although when the NWRL Metro is done you could do that to get to Richmond line and save a lengthy back track.  

Our rules do not allow movement from one station to another by any means other than a train (ie, a heavy rail train, so no LR to move between Lewisham and Dulwich Hill for example, and no running from Carlingford to Epping).

The advent of the Metro, and the eventual conversion of the ECRL to Metro and the Bankstown Line to Metro will present us with a question:  Are these still to be included?  A new timetable will be introduced late next year which involves the closure of the ECRL and races at that stage will become 175 stations and likely to be achieved in under 15 hours with the removal of that stretch and improved services all around.

But for now, for the present 178 stations, our record is 15h54m with a theoretical minimum of 15h44m to be attempted next Thursday, and anything under 16h30m considered very good.

John
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I seem to recall that the team who did the first such voyage in Melbourne that I can remember, walked from Alamein to East Malvern.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

My plan is ready and looking forward to Thursday.

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