Could somebody get the Head Honchos of Metro to visit my area today or during the week? They will see the number 11 tram route with bus substitutions, due to maintenance work on the tramlines between West Preston and Scotchmer Street Fitzroy North.
In recent months there have been no "track faults", "equipment failures" or any other such occurrences. No; Yarra Trams is just doing Preventative Maintenance. It would be educational for Metro to come and learn what that term actually means.
A fantastic idea.
Could be wishful thinking though, if the multinational running it considers themselves experts in such matters?
However, some proactive maintenance might include;
- foliage, I'm not sure how much leeway they have for going nuts with tree removal/pruning along the rail corridor, particularly out to Belgrave, Lilydale or Hurstbridge without upsetting tree lovers. Some of these drop on overheads reasonably often on these lines.
- sleepers. Yes they're gradually being replaced in spots. That said, the pits at the stations of Camberwell #3 and Blackburn are a rotted and broken disgrace. Undoubtedly, there's plenty more needing attention that are contributing to problems or ride quality?
- mud holes. Dead obvious to spot after some rain. Surely these aren't hard to find, make a note of and prospectively cut out the offending section of track and dig out/replace poor ballast to assist drainage. There's some shockers between Richmond and Camberwell, and probably lots more.
- station subway underpasses that are prone to flooding.
- Signalling.... my god what a nightmare replacing old cabling and the potential mega cost. But surely some of the old signals on lines that look rusted out from before 1960 could be replaced in situ and LED lighting installed instead of the old faded globes seen in many.
I'm not excusing metro's work in this area or otherwise, but you'd also think their website http://www.metrotrains.com.au/
might have blogs or whatever showing before and after pics of work they've done along the lines etc.
I'd suggest an observant Joe Punter standing on the platform, (when not gawking at their phone) might notice;
- the sleepers in the pit had been renewed from the dilapidated ones they saw yesterday,
- trees near overheads have been pruned and the wood chips in the vicinity (i have at my station),
- signals look bright and fresh'
- the rise quality in certain sections may have improved (and not just because the weather has)
I cant find on Metro's website any results of them doing any preventative maintenance like I've listed. I'm sure they're doing stuff, I've seen it. But try finding what/where?
Additionally, drivers would (hopefully) provide feedback on things like mud holes etc?? If so, and its not actioned, that in itself speaks to other issues.
So in the absence of them displaying what they've been doing, Valvegear has a good point.