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ngarner

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So, continuing on into 1980.

My first day back after leave, and into my second year as an engineman, I was on 209N, picking up from the roster I had been working through prior to the last two week ...

Current Lilydale yard is completely stuffed. Should be totally relaied with the new station is completed.
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Sure is! They struggle to use the run around road without derailing a ...

Metro web site has given us rough dates for the two western TBMs should break thru; i.e. mid Feb and mid March. The linked .pdf provides a lot more information about how its going to be done including ...

[quote=Dave C]Thanks Neil, for your accounts they are a very interesting read.

Your last post is not a easy read and I'm sure was even harder to write however its as important if not more important ...

A really long post due to rather a memorable week with a spoiler alert. The last job for the week includes some detail about a suicide. It was unpleasant then and still is. I will not go into any more ...

The last day of 1979, I rotated onto 201A which called for a 1440 standby but the Time Office rostered me on at 1430 for the 1515 Kyneton pass instead. We were allocated T375 for this task and did the ...

Signing on Monday at 0225, on roster 199D, for the 0300 Dandenong we took Y102 to the East Yard and then made it all the way to Dandenong. We can’t have stopped very often on the down trip as we mad ...

The roster rotated to 197N and the Monday job was a 1945 start for a 2130 Albury SG goods. This was what was termed a ‘rest job’; basically, the crew ran a train to Wodonga, had a break at a motel ...

Rotating onto 195A, Monday was rostered as a 1050 start for the 1125 Seymour pass but somehow I got bumped off that and went straight onto standby. At 1340 I finally was allocated a job, the 1400 Truc ...

Roster 193D began on Tuesday for me, beginning with an 0520 start for an 0635 Bendigo goods. Multi-unit T class were waiting for us in the depot yard, nos. 349 and 382 which we took out to the yard wh ...

My second week on the Goods roster was on 192A. I don’t know why the Time Office didn’t start me on 191N, instead of 68N, but they must have had their reasons to either start me where they did or  ...

Trainee #17 was Night shift and my last week on the Trainee rosters, not that I realised that at the time I signed on at 2245 on Monday. The 2300 East Yard Pilot was the nights task officially finishi ...

Trainee #15 started on, the first day of October, Monday at 0815, rostered to ‘drop on’ to an SG goods. Y139 was taken from the turntable and off the pit at 0835 to do the full brake test until re ...

Signing on again on Wednesday at 1525 I was rostered for the 1610 Geelong pass. Taking B61 over the flyover to Spencer St I coupled up and we prepared the train. We made it to Geelong by 1724 and had  ...

[quote=Galron]Set #2 parked at newport yards next to the werribee mainline today. Suggestions elsewhere of high speed mainline testing in the coming weeks. Most of Jan werribee is buses replacing trai ...

Returning to Dynon on Tuesday, on Trainee #10, sign on was 0445. We were rostered for the up run of the Apex from North Melbourne to Westall so we made our way up to North Melbourne station. The Apex, ...

[quote=davesvline]What a wonderful recollection. Presumably good diary notes have assisted?

Hindsight being a good thing, it’s probably a shame if there’s no photos of said accounts.

In many ...

After 4-days off I resumed on Trainee #17, Night shift at 0035 on a Tuesday, originally rostered for an 0220 Warragul goods but ended up instead on standby and remained on standby until my 8 hours wer ...

Trainee #15 was Day shift and Mondays rostered job was 0900 on for standby but very rapidly changed to an 0945 Footscray Ballast. Taking T342 off the pit we would have collected the train from the Wag ...

Catching up a fraction on my notes:

Signing on at 1838 for the Tuesday shift, for a week of rostered mid Afternoon starts, we travelled to Newport to meet a Bendigo bound goods. The train arrived a ...

As mentioned already, due to the events that took place, this post will cover three weeks.

Trainee #8 was night shift and I ended up rostered to various Melbourne Yard Pilots. Monday was 2235 for the ...

A short one, as the weeks that followed this became rather messy due to events, including strike action.

Still on Day shift I was rostered on for an 0535 start for the 0600 #1 Dock Pilot run with Y ...

[quote=themetptc]Great stories and insight Neil, thankyou. It would be great to have these in a book with pictures and diagrams, similar to Nick Anchens wonderful books with tales from the front line ...

Time of another post I think. Slightly more than two weeks worth due to rostering.

Two days off had me signing on, back at Dynon on Trainee #5, an earlier Night shift and notably things were beginn ...

Three weeks worth although the last week has been discussed on another thread.

Roster #2 again, with 2300 starts rostered, began for me on Tuesday with 45 minutes of sitting before being called up ...

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