V/Line Incidents/Disruptions #2

 
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Over the last few years or so there have been a number of wrong side signal and level crossing failures.
How long before a train hits a bus?
I am beginning to wonder in certain areas whether some of our 'talent' exceeds our feet on the ground experience.
The old book Red for Danger should be compulsory reading for EVERYONE even remotely involved in rail.
Red for Danger is a BRILLIANT read for anyone even remotely interested in Safe Working and should be mandatory for people doing safe working training in the industry.

I read it while I was doing safe working training and it was a real eye opener. Made me pay attention in class I can tell you!
BrentonGolding
Even on heritage/tourist railways trains are serious business. It's not a game and people can get hurt/killed.

While it's an old book it's message is still relevant.
Does anyone know of a newer work in the same vein?

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  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Not sure where this goes but Sheeezzz have a look at this footage. Some peoples driving just beggars belief.... driving a train may sound exciting but when you can see this unfolding in front of you... Bloody Hell ! On our actual news here in Adelaide they said the train was traveling at 40 kph. Hope the rego was captured and throw the book at at this Idiot !

https://7news.com.au/news/accidents/victorian-train-driver-captures-ute-drivers-near-miss-at-swan-hill-c-1781251

BigShunter.
  Djebel Locomotive Driver

Not sure where this goes but Sheeezzz have a look at this footage. Some peoples driving just beggars belief.... driving a train may sound exciting but when you can see this unfolding in front of you... Bloody Hell ! On our actual news here in Adelaide they said the train was traveling at 40 kph. Hope the rego was captured and throw the book at at this Idiot !

https://7news.com.au/news/accidents/victorian-train-driver-captures-ute-drivers-near-miss-at-swan-hill-c-1781251

BigShunter.
BigShunter
I bet some words were said that weren't fit for broadcast.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Not sure where this goes but Sheeezzz have a look at this footage. Some peoples driving just beggars belief.... driving a train may sound exciting but when you can see this unfolding in front of you... Bloody Hell ! On our actual news here in Adelaide they said the train was traveling at 40 kph. Hope the rego was captured and throw the book at at this Idiot !

https://7news.com.au/news/accidents/victorian-train-driver-captures-ute-drivers-near-miss-at-swan-hill-c-1781251

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Another coat of paint on that motor vehicle may have led to a different result.

Captured on hand held camera (phone?). I do wonder if past experience lead the crew to be expecting something.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Not sure where this goes but Sheeezzz have a look at this footage. Some peoples driving just beggars belief.... driving a train may sound exciting but when you can see this unfolding in front of you... Bloody Hell ! On our actual news here in Adelaide they said the train was traveling at 40 kph. Hope the rego was captured and throw the book at at this Idiot !

https://7news.com.au/news/accidents/victorian-train-driver-captures-ute-drivers-near-miss-at-swan-hill-c-1781251

BigShunter.
Another coat of paint on that motor vehicle may have led to a different result.

Captured on hand held camera (phone?). I do wonder if past experience lead the crew to be expecting something.
Lockspike

T or X class?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Not sure where this goes but Sheeezzz have a look at this footage. Some peoples driving just beggars belief.... driving a train may sound exciting but when you can see this unfolding in front of you... Bloody Hell ! On our actual news here in Adelaide they said the train was traveling at 40 kph. Hope the rego was captured and throw the book at at this Idiot !

https://7news.com.au/news/accidents/victorian-train-driver-captures-ute-drivers-near-miss-at-swan-hill-c-1781251

BigShunter.
Another coat of paint on that motor vehicle may have led to a different result.

Captured on hand held camera (phone?). I do wonder if past experience lead the crew to be expecting something.

T or X class?
bevans
Link to the original Youtube by AUSSIETRAINDRIVER 2020



https://youtu.be/DTImMyJo0-M

T Class
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What train would have a T Class leading on the swan hill line?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
How can you use the words "speeding freight train" and near "Swan Hill" in the same sentence?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

More fun on the Swan Hill line today.  Obviously some problems with the Up Swan Hill this morning:


Daytime Swan Hill also bustituted between Bendigo and Swan Hill today.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Holy crap on the video.
Classic example of the bush local doing 80 in a 100 zone, thumb in bum/mind in neutral utterly oblivious to all going on around them. Add to that, infrequent train running where said local is used to driving straight through the crossing having never seen a train let alone a barrier to stop for one.

I’d even bet said local had no idea a train was crossing at the same time with horn blaring, and on the off chance they’d been pulled over by the local copper for it, would have enquired “what train”Shocked.

Lack of boom gates (or worse no bells/lights) being a problem multiplier. Regardless of the size of the vehicle involved, Kerang is the potential at all these places.

That’s a damn close shave.

Regards
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Some stupid gunzel is holding up V/line trains at Kilmore while waiting to get photos of the triple B-class locos on today's Qube Apex Quarry Train...
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Some stupid gunzel is holding up V/line trains at Kilmore while waiting to get photos of the triple B-class locos on today's Qube Apex Quarry Train...
Carnot
Do you know any more details, Carnot, please?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some stupid gunzel is holding up V/line trains at Kilmore while waiting to get photos of the triple B-class locos on today's Qube Apex Quarry Train...
Carnot

Michael Beedall?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Down Swan Hill collided with a ute at Airstrip Rd, Woodvale this morning.
https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7076238/train-vehicle-collide-near-woodvale/?cs=12

Looks like N471 just clipped front of ute which then got catapulted into side of ballast pile.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Lunch in the Melbourne CBD with a family member today has given me a chance to catch up with another old friend - the 16.57 Down Eaglehawk AKA the Castlemaine Flyer

Oh what a joy it is to gaze up at the scrolling display on leaving Footscray to see Next station is Castlemaine displayed and looking forward to tearing through Gisborne, Woodend and then finally, the most satisfying of all, slowing for the curve into Kyneton just enough for the driver to see the signal at the Down end showing a clear aspect and then feeling the beast notch up and accelerate through the station and onwards to The Maine

I was thinking things might have improved since last I caught this train a few years back but alas, no. Departing from 8S to give the longest possible run through the yards and then negotiating the speed restrictions on the down side of Footscray it makes it's way across the at grade junction at Sunshine and then....... slows dramatically to tail a spark all the way to Watergardens......

Oh well, we are truly flying now as we head up grade towards Woodend, hopefully we can arrive at a half decent time for a pint or 2 at The Rail.

*** UPDATE, after leaving SCS pretty much bang on time we shot through Sunbury at 17.32. Interesting that this service is not subject to any of the speed restrictions imposed by Metro on some others until crossing into V/Line territory on the Down side of the bridge.

I alighted at Castlemaine 18.09 so 37 minutes from Sunbury to CME - outstanding. ***
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Down Swan Hill collided with a ute at Airstrip Rd, Woodvale this morning.
https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7076238/train-vehicle-collide-near-woodvale/?cs=12

Looks like N471 just clipped front of ute which then got catapulted into side of ballast pile.
Carnot

Some further pics



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  Djebel Locomotive Driver

Yep, that looks clipped.  Isn't physics amazing?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
On the 16.25 Up Express out of Castlemaine. Or at lease it was according to the V/Line app. Someone forgot to tell it that a Heat Speed Restricion TT in in force.......

Departed at 16.31 after a 5 minute wait for the timetable to catch up to the train, made it onto the loop at Elphi for a cross, got the fast (West) track only to pull up to a rather rapid halt at Taradale

I reckon we tripped the TPWS....... If so that is #3 for me!
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Either it made up time or it wasn't delayed long cause I boarded that train at Gisborne and it was only a couple of mins behind schedule...
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Either it made up time or it wasn't delayed long cause I boarded that train at Gisborne and it was only a couple of mins behind schedule...
railblogger
Made up a bit of time due to the (almost) running cross at elphi, this service is usually run to a pretty leisurely pace with a stop of 5 minutes on the loop not unusual.

Also only a partial heat restriction TT so once we hit Kyneton (or possibly as early as Elphinstone) we got back on track
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Morning, there's been a truck prang between Nhill & Kiata, bit nasty by the sounds, truck is across the main line, some sort of roll over, cabin crushed fairly well and driver flown to Melbourne.....apparently.  That's all I have, probably more on the emergency service sites.

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Sounds like it's been one of those days in the Wimmera, crash's detours in place. We all travel the highways and byways, a second of inattention and it could be your last, drive carefully crew.

https://www.facebook.com/abcwimmera/photos/a.119616014725077/3970403636312943/?type=3&theater

It follows a man in his 40s being taken to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital, after being thrown from the truck he was driving on the Western Highway at Nhill.

Ambulance Victoria said the incident around 2am left the truck destroyed and lying over train tracks. The man was transported in a stable condition with breathing difficulties.

Australian Rail Track Corporation says it removed The truck from the rails at 9 am. It says the incident did not significantly damage the tracks, and full service resumed just after 11am.


BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Bendigo line has effectively been suspended for 3 hours due to a track fault at Sunshine this morning. No mention of replacement coaches either.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Will cause quite a mess but could be a high jumper considering all the fencing in that area when I was last in Melbourne.

  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Better late than never, first time I've been able to post in over a week! Got up bright and early on Monday for my first taste of the new but definitely not improved Bendigo Line timetable. Needn't have bothered, the AM Down Swan Hill didn't run due to a train fault....... I hope this isn't going to be a feature of the new TT with no spare sets avl or whatever it was that caused the cancellation.

On the plus side I decided to wait for the next service instead of getting a road coach. The previously pedestrian 09.13/14 Down Bendigo now leaves around 8 minutes earlier. No longer timetabled to follow a spark all the way to Sunbury it is now a really good option for people wanting to get to Central Victoria. 1hr 20 minutes Footscray to Castlemaine and we stopped and waited for the TT to catch up to the train at 3 or 4 stops.

For an SAS (except Macedon) service this is pretty good and doesn't suffer the added on minutes of most other services. So long as she gets away from Southern Cross on time to get ahead of the sparks at Sunshine this might be my new ride.

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