Everyday QR Network Observations

 
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
I thought that many Railpage Members might be interested in the everyday operations of QR CityTrain.  If you observe anything at stations, on trains, etc. that you think may be of interest to others or that you thought was interesting yourself, feel free to post it here.  Don't forget to include a date, time, location (and comment if you wish).

Let me start it off ...

Monday, 8 August 2005
Time N/A
Mayne
SMU 203 re-entered revenue service after derailment repairs at EDI Rail in Maryborough.

Tuesday, 9 August 2005
Time N/A
Mayne
IMU 108 re-entered revenue service after fire damage repairs at Redbank Workshops.

... The sky's the limit!!!

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  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
Well my observation is of my work for the day yesterday....EMU 31 graffitied from one cab to the other cab along all three cars and up to the roof all coloured in, i.e. the whole train....need I say more.....
"matt_el3900"


Those scum should be hung, drawn, and quarterd!!!
  colinw Chief Commissioner

Wednesday August 10.
8:30AM
Kuraby

Earth moving equipment is present, and a truck carrying a load of new heavy rails (at least 50kg/m) was seen turning into the access road to the carpark on the park/mosque side of the station.  No idea what for - possibly re-laying the platform 2 road which is looking a bit worse for wear and has fairly light (80 lb/yard) rails?

Workers are also present on the up side of Beenleigh Rd level crossing, and appear to be installing new sound barriers along St Andrew St.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Well my observation is of my work for the day yesterday....EMU 31 graffitied from one cab to the other cab along all three cars and up to the roof all coloured in, i.e. the whole train....need I say more.....
"matt_el3900"


Those scum should be hung, drawn, and quarterd!!!
"MichaelJ"

and then shot, stabbed and bashed...
  i_heart_translink Locomotive Driver

Location: Malvern
Yesterday on the 12:51 Corinda train from Central, the guard felt it necessary to inform passengers as we left Milton that the doors are opened by "the handles on the platform side doors, and not the red emergency buttons"

Must've had an incident in another carriage...
  rocket_rodney Chief Train Controller

Location: Doboy Station.....
Ive noticed that at about 8:30ish every morning, there is a set always stopped on platform 10 or the relief road heading in the normanby direction. Its not there for long, mabie a couple of minutes and im pretty sure theres no passengers on it.
  EMU_RE Train Controller

Wednesday 10/8 - EMU39 is on it's 500km acceptance run tonight. Will be in service just in time for the start of the EKKA
  doug75 Chief Train Controller

Location: Wynnum, QLD
Tuesday 19/7/05 @ Roma St mid-morning.

A train to Ipswich had just departed platform #8 (I heard this from platform 5 while waiting for the next Robina service Very Happy )

The guy on the VAS said "the train next on platform 8 is the Ipswich... sorry passengers, this train has just departed..."

Obviously a rare case of bad timing... Embarassed
  2353 Chief Train Controller

Location: Brisvegas
Not strictly Citytrain but todays northbound Sunlander has 2190D (QRN livery) and 1725D (Broncos livery) up the front.
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
Doesn't have to be CityTrain, just on the CityTrain network ... Very Happy
  colinw Chief Commissioner

Kuraby, August 11.  A large stockpile of concrete sleepers has now appeared, delivered early in the week according to my wife.

Construction of the sound barriers along St Andrew St is proceeding slowly with only two workers present this morning.
  bobcarey Assistant Commissioner

Location: offrail
Observed south bound Sunlander at Nambour sation, from Nambour Hospital, too far for loco no's, but had 20 cars,including 2 car carriers, 1 enclosed and 1 flat wagon, livery was QR maroon, had a 10 minute ! stop round 3.30 pm
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
Sighted today ...

0945 - QR 2190 (QRNational)/1725D (Corportate) on The Sunlander #PC37 at Morayfield

1415 - QR 2132F (Long End leading) and one VAKM Coal Wagon at Albion

1425 - EMU 07/39 on #1548 to Ipswich (ex Caboolture) at Albion

I also heard a new PA Announcement at Albion.  "For your safety, please wait behind the yellow line on the platform."
  rocket_rodney Chief Train Controller

Location: Doboy Station.....
Mick, also saw and photographed QR 2123F at Normanby. Also:

12:20 Cannon Hill: CFCLA EL57 & CFCLA ? with short container to FI

12:41 Cannon Hill: QR  2837 (Eagle) & 21?? (Corporate) container to FI (Same #Y844 as Mick saw at FI)

1:45 Normanby 2189F + 1732D with long KLEX cattletrain

Will post pics in anyones intrested.
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
Mick, also saw and photographed QR 2123F at Normanby. Also:

12:20 Cannon Hill: CFCLA EL57 & CFCLA ? with short container to FI

12:41 Cannon Hill: QR  2837 (Eagle) & 21?? (Corporate) container to FI (Same #Y844 as Mick saw at FI)

1:45 Normanby 2189F + 1732D with long KLEX cattletrain

Will post pics in anyones intrested.
"rocket_rodney"


You saw the QRNational Intermodal Train with EL 57 (CFCLA livery)/58 (Freight Australia livery)

The other locomotive on #Y844 was 2184F
  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
Was comming back form the ekka yesterday on EMU11. Found it odd as the train went into the tunnel about to head over the river, after pulling out of Roma St... heading under the neutral power section there. Usually the lights (some) go out... air con ceases, and the unit stops acceleration.... This time none of the above happened... Lights did nothing.... aircon was still on full ball.... and train continued to pick up acceleration all way through the neutral section..... same for the section just past Park Road, and again just past Lindum... what the..?
  ar31 Chief Commissioner

Location: Elimbah, Queensland
From my experience, the refurbed EMUs going through the neutral zones either just dims the light, or the lights remain on but the air con ceases.   Varies on different refurbished EMU units.
  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
Thats my point... everything stayed on as normal. including the throttle.... it really baffled me. It's as if all neutral sections have been removed.... i knkow they havent, but.. eh weird.

Also.... may just be me, but ive noticed more bandicoots than anything traveling on the cleveland line this last week.
  EMU_RE Train Controller

Was comming back form the ekka yesterday on EMU11. Found it odd as the train went into the tunnel about to head over the river, after pulling out of Roma St... heading under the neutral power section there. Usually the lights (some) go out... air con ceases, and the unit stops acceleration.... This time none of the above happened... Lights did nothing.... aircon was still on full ball.... and train continued to pick up acceleration all way through the neutral section..... same for the section just past Park Road, and again just past Lindum... what the..?
"mickelaar"


Some of the EMUs still allow lights to be powered off batteries for 30 seconds when overhead power is lost, so that explains the lights... As for the acceleration through the neutral section, this is possible with a 6-car set. At neutral sections only one train looses power at a time, so can still accelerate with one of the units at all times. Drivers are supposed to coast through though.

As for the A/C... possibly just did not notice it re-start
  rocket_rodney Chief Train Controller

Location: Doboy Station.....


You saw the QRNational Intermodal Train with EL 57 (CFCLA livery)/58 (Freight Australia livery)

The other locomotive on #Y844 was 2184F
"MichaelJ"


Thanks Mick, does this train regulary run at this time on thursdays?
  mbrowne1045 Mr Hella

Location: Waiting to jump on the bandwagon to Greenbank
This morning, but around 800am i saw EMU 15 and EMU 59 pulling into newmarket on its way to the city.

Isn't EMU 15 out of order???
  Mickelaar The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: At the layout, tinkering.
Was comming back form the ekka yesterday on EMU11. Found it odd as the train went into the tunnel about to head over the river, after pulling out of Roma St... heading under the neutral power section there. Usually the lights (some) go out... air con ceases, and the unit stops acceleration.... This time none of the above happened... Lights did nothing.... aircon was still on full ball.... and train continued to pick up acceleration all way through the neutral section..... same for the section just past Park Road, and again just past Lindum... what the..?
"mickelaar"


Some of the EMUs still allow lights to be powered off batteries for 30 seconds when overhead power is lost, so that explains the lights... As for the acceleration through the neutral section, this is possible with a 6-car set. At neutral sections only one train looses power at a time, so can still accelerate with one of the units at all times. Drivers are supposed to coast through though.

As for the A/C... possibly just did not notice it re-start
"EMU_RE"
it was a 3 car set..... and i noted the aircon.... apart from that sweet emu sound, its what i noticed.... on the whole time.
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
Does this train regulary run at this time on Thursday?
"rocket_rodney"


QRNational's Container Train #MB7 arrives in Brisbane everyday of the week except Sunday and Tuesday.  The train is timetabled to arrive at the same time every Thursday.

If you're interested in getting photographs in Brisbane (Acacia Ridge) during daylight hours, here is some information that may be helpful to you.  The train is timetabled to arrive at Acacia Ridge at 11:29 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday, it runs approximately an hour later and is scheduled to arrive at 12:36.  Several different types of locomotives haul this service including CFCLA's EL Class and ex-Freight Australia G and X Classes.
  1461 Golden Holden Chief Commissioner

Location: On a date with Nikki Webster
I noticed that few people got on and off a few trains at Central the other day.... Rolling Eyes
  DB38 Junior Train Controller

Location: Rocky Mail headin' north
The oddest sight I've seen was back in the early 80's, when QR would haul out the old wooden suburban sets for rush peak times. I was on the overbridge at Albion when one of these passed below with a broom on a coach roof. Left there by a cleaner I suppose. I beats me how it staed there. Could have been ther a fair while as this was late afternoon.     Rolling Eyes

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