General Cityrail Network Observations

 
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL
Personally unless told otherwise to evacuate, I would be content to stay despite the alarm.
If it is an emergency YOU WILL KNOW about it.

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  parraeel Chief Train Controller



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07prp8Oek8&feature=youtube_gdata_playerSome kind of alarm was sounding, no announcement was made to say whether we were safe or not
"boxythingy"


You do know that the sirens are tested?

I'm almost 100% sure this was the case. The longer siren (woop, woop) cuts out too early and then goes back to the shorter beeps.

The station DVA is announcing the train. This wouldn't happen if there was a genuine emergency.

The lack of an evacuation message should of been a clue.

Another thing which happens is the barriers automatically open when an evacuation is underway. They were still in normal operating mode.

LOL at your dramatic exit from the station. The fact that you thought it was "some kind of alarm" means you likely didn't associate it with danger anyway.

A train full of people at the platform, and no one directing you out... believe me, you were safe.
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL
As Paraeel mentioned it would be testing of the alarm, in the event of a full evacuation you will get an automated "Evacuate the station now, evacuate as directed"audio message.
As well as the barriers going to emergency open mode, the lift will automatically come to the top level with doors open and escalators will stop and everything can be restarted only after NSWFB/RERU reset the alarm.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07prp8Oek8&feature=youtube_gdata_playerSome kind of alarm was sounding, no announcement was made to say whether we were safe or not
"boxythingy"
You do know that the sirens are tested?I'm almost 100% sure this was the case. The longer siren (woop, woop) cuts out too early and then goes back to the shorter beeps.The station DVA is announcing the train. This wouldn't happen if there was a genuine emergency.The lack of an evacuation message should of been a clue. Another thing which happens is the barriers automatically open when an evacuation is underway. They were still in normal operating mode.LOL at your dramatic exit from the station. The fact that you thought it was "some kind of alarm" means you likely didn't associate it with danger anyway. A train full of people at the platform, and no one directing you out... believe me, you were safe.
"parraeel"


Yes I believe it only appeared that it wasn't an emergency. There was no "dramatic" exit, for your information.
  parraeel Chief Train Controller



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07prp8Oek8&feature=youtube_gdata_playerSome kind of alarm was sounding, no announcement was made to say whether we were safe or not
"boxythingy"
You do know that the sirens are tested?I'm almost 100% sure this was the case. The longer siren (woop, woop) cuts out too early and then goes back to the shorter beeps.The station DVA is announcing the train. This wouldn't happen if there was a genuine emergency.The lack of an evacuation message should of been a clue. Another thing which happens is the barriers automatically open when an evacuation is underway. They were still in normal operating mode.LOL at your dramatic exit from the station. The fact that you thought it was "some kind of alarm" means you likely didn't associate it with danger anyway. A train full of people at the platform, and no one directing you out... believe me, you were safe.
"parraeel"
Yes I believe it only appeared that it wasn't an emergency. There was no "dramatic" exit, for your information.
"boxythingy"


It came across in the clip that your were either running up the stairs, or rushing to get away from any perceived threat.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07prp8Oek8&feature=youtube_gdata_playerSome kind of alarm was sounding, no announcement was made to say whether we were safe or not
"boxythingy"
You do know that the sirens are tested?I'm almost 100% sure this was the case. The longer siren (woop, woop) cuts out too early and then goes back to the shorter beeps.The station DVA is announcing the train. This wouldn't happen if there was a genuine emergency.The lack of an evacuation message should of been a clue. Another thing which happens is the barriers automatically open when an evacuation is underway. They were still in normal operating mode.LOL at your dramatic exit from the station. The fact that you thought it was "some kind of alarm" means you likely didn't associate it with danger anyway. A train full of people at the platform, and no one directing you out... believe me, you were safe.
"parraeel"
Yes I believe it only appeared that it wasn't an emergency. There was no "dramatic" exit, for your information.
"boxythingy"
It came across in the clip that your were either running up the stairs, or rushing to get away from any perceived threat.
"parraeel"


What can I say? Assumptions are always an easy answer.
  vdan Train Controller

The usual unforgiving advocacy for assiduously safe behaviour is set aside to mock people who erred, rather mildly, on the side of caution? It's not as though the video showed overexcited teens squealing and shouting and risking triggering a panic.

To the extent a test isn't clearly announced right before it occurs, criticism is warranted. And in the absence of announcements, one should not be embarassed about acting on their own little on-the-spot cost/benefit assessement:

"What the heck is that? Oh well, plenty of time until my train's due, and moving closer to the exits might burn a few kilojoules."

"For heaven's sake! That's the third alarm this month and my train's due in two minutes. I'll wait and listen for instructions."

Neither is unreasonable. The former recognises the value of time in a worst-case scenario. The latter accepts a small amount of risk is necessary to get on with life without excessive disruption.
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL
Boxy how long were you on the platform before the alarm sounded??
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
I was welcomed to the station with that siren. I left the station earlier than expected because the bus was either late or early.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I saw 2 leaves on Sutherland platform last night. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to make a video recording of it however I am deeply disturbed to find our stations overflowing with vegetation. I feel I must take a machete with my next time so that I can slash a path to the train doors.

My next inane "general observation" will be coming shortly.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

When I started the thread it was meant to be similar to the "General QR Citytrain Observations", except this one seems to be alot of nonsense.
I don't care about leaves on tracks or platforms, or a fire alarm test.
I would care if there was an observation on the new platform completion at Liverpool, when it is completed, which doesn't look to be very far off.
A new form of communication with passengers.
New DVA in a K,T or C set, which is being investigated by TfNSW.
Etc
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL
I was welcomed to the station with that siren. I left the station earlier than expected because the bus was either late or early.
"boxythingy"


Generally speaking before any alarm testing is done, the technician will make an announcement to disregard all tones and alarms. It seems to me this is what has happened and you weren't there to hear the message.

On the topic of general observations, it seems Hornsby has had an update to the platform SPI screens, now showing the colour coded lines and North Shore&Western as the line.


  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
When I started the thread it was meant to be similar to the "General QR Citytrain Observations", except this one seems to be alot of nonsense.
"bjwh86"


Hence my post prior to highlight where this thread has gone.

In other news, I was at Central for the first time in a year and noticed a new stair case/elevators to the lower levels, and changing the colour scheme on the platforms to purple. 
Is their plans to change the colours at other stations? I would have assumed that the P24/25 would have gone blue because it was on the Illawarra line.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
I was at Central for the first time in a year and noticed a new stair case/elevators to the lower levels, and changing the colour scheme on the platforms to purple.
Is their plans to change the colours at other stations? I would have assumed that the P24/25 would have gone blue because it was on the Illawarra line.
"seb2351"


The repainting is part of this https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11367943-0-asc-s0.htm

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=67526&hilit=+blitz

Generally speaking before any alarm testing is done, the technician will make an announcement to disregard all tones and alarms. It seems to me this is what has happened and you weren't there to hear the message.

Yes, I was thinking about this as well, although I have heard (perhaps newer/smarter) systems which have a voice saying 'test or something along those lines' periodically during the testing sirens.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
When I started the thread it was meant to be similar to the "General QR Citytrain Observations", except this one seems to be alot of nonsense.
"bjwh86"


Hence my post prior to highlight where this thread has gone.

In other news, I was at Central for the first time in a year and noticed a new stair case/elevators to the lower levels, and changing the colour scheme on the platforms to purple.
Is their plans to change the colours at other stations? I would have assumed that the P24/25 would have gone blue because it was on the Illawarra line.
"seb2351"


I would have too, but red and purple seemed to be the pick. You're definitely right that going for blue would have made much more sense.

Kings Cross has also been repainted into a ghastly turquoise.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Spotted about half hour ago a C set running on the western line to Penrith, this set had the larger lettering on the destination board aswell.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Spotted about half hour ago a C set running on the western line to Penrith, this set had the larger lettering on the destination board aswell.
"bjwh86"


Different version of software/firmware of the display.
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
That would be C8...
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Spotted about half hour ago a C set running on the western line to Penrith, this set had the larger lettering on the destination board aswell.
"bjwh86"


The thin serif font, the new standard sans-serif font (align-left) or the massive sans-serif font (align centre)?
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

The one that takes up the entire board.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
The one that takes up the entire board.
"bjwh86"


What, the one that looks like this? (Photo by Raichase.)
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Yeah similar, just more spacing between the letters
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU

This one? Like I said previously, C8. 

Photo by bennyboy8495
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
I hadn't seen that one before. If I may say so, it looks appalling.
  Aurora8 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I hadn't seen that one before. If I may say so, it looks appalling.
"Watson374"

I don't mind it. I would say it does the job pretty well (by the looks of that pic), though haven't seen a pic of it in use at night yet.

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