A restriction on longer trains is platform lengths, although the new station at Oaklands will make running 6-car Seaford services easier. Most Gawler line platforms can only accommodate 4-cars, including Mawson Lakes. Until electrification frees up or delivers extra sets, there is just not the rolling stock available.
Going back to the days when the public was serviced by public transport.
Six car trains ran to and from Penfield, Holdens, Gawler
a 10 car ARHS special to the Barossa fitted nicely into Gawler, What about 9 car and loco specials to Gawler racecourse, stopping all stations to Adelaide.
Five car jumbo sets were a regular on the Grange line at the start of the afternoon peak. ( I think that one may have been to allow shunters to pre assemble a longer consist before the peak as the schools in the area did not generate huge traffic except Woodville high ( maybe also a remnant from GMH)
To go back further the race specials to Cheltenham were significant.
And a service both my father and I used a lot. About 7.30 from Cheltenham to Adelaide.
My father caught it to his first employment F and six cars
It was always full .
I lived in the same house for a while and the same service was four redhens
When baggage cars were removed it reduced to 3 cars
Then it evolved to a two car jumbo set.
Now it is a two car 3000 3100
Is this the evolution and improvement of public transport?
The Port question
"With the recent investment (Port Adelaide viaduct, Port River bridge, Port Dock extension, Torrens Jn/Bowden, T2T Croydon, diesel fleet re-engining) I think it is now extremely unlikely the Port line will be converted to light rail."
The reintroduction of Port Dock is another example of short sightedness and reducing the past.
Port dock had capacity to hold two seven car trains.
How many will fit into the new station.
How much further away from most customers is the new station?
Stephen Mullighan said to me before the election that the new services would be provided by existing rollingstock!!
Which services will they reduce to provide the railcars? Utilisation of existing rollingstock is fairly high now.
Port Dock used to be the second busiest arrival point in the system in the AM, and yes the area has changed significantly so has traffic.
But what about services to Gawler, Elizabeth, GMH, Finsbury, Pooraka ???
Yes just funnel people onto the port Expressway with no public transport.
This last one is interesting too. "
" 1950's railway: steam trains, wooden sleepers, mechanical signalling and level crossings -- not the railway that I see nowadays!
Steam Trains Yes you can dry your washing better, but if a train is held up between stations you could open a window and breath, and in most locations you could detrain if necessary.
Have you ever heard somebody say " I will not ride that line because of wooden sleepers" ???
More like that tracks rides rough now because the sleepers do not seem to give.
Does a passenger really care how the trains are controlled except when the train control centre is isolated because of one chopped power supply closing the entire system. Mechanical signals caused less total closure of the system than the new electronic ones have done.
And the very limited inputs into the electrical supply make the entire system vulnerable to failure of one switching station
Near my place there is an updated level crossing and the bells start ringing before it leaves a nearby station, eventually the train approaches at walking pace, squeals around the bend.and eventually accelerates after the crossing.
Takes several minutes now to allow me to proceed in my car.
I am still looking for the employee with a red flag walking in front of the railcar.
Recently I saw a photo of a level crossing and from the angle of the photo it showed a pole with traffic lights and signage attached obscuring the traditional red lights with more signage attached and a nice sky high elevated set of lights, they were obscured by a large tree making them somewhat redundant.
How much did this corner of the system cost to provide obscured signage and lights.
The system of today has
No services to
Bridgewater, Pooraka, Penfield, GMH, Morphett Vale Hackham etc, Finsbury, Henley Beach, Wingfield, Birkenhead etc. Barossa Valley, Virginia, Roseworthy
Reduced services to North Adelaide to Dry Creek, Mile End.
And no trains to any country destinations.
Less capacity on services, less staff on stations, less toilet facilities, lots more cameras to record rapes and assaults, but less physical security to stop assaults.
A security camera is only effective if somebody is watching it. It is no comfort at a murder trial 12 months later !
To me it seems like the railways only want to do half the job they used to do.
And I am concerned about the new transport chief. His track record does not seem to include growth of any business.