Jumbos are still going

 
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
For those interested, but can't get to the right place at the right time to see them, there are still two 4-car Jumbo sets soldiering on, working weekday Gawler Central expresses.

I had wondered if the end of the government's Financial Year would be the time they were finally written off, but apparently not.

On Tuesday 21st July, they were still on their regular duties:-
  • 1720 Adelaide - Gawler Central:  2109 2010 2006 2112
  • 1735 Adelaide - Gawler Central:  2117 2012 2106 2003

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  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
For those interested, but can't get to the right place at the right time to see them, there are still two 4-car Jumbo sets soldiering on, working weekday Gawler Central expresses.

I had wondered if the end of the government's Financial Year would be the time they were finally written off, but apparently not.

On Tuesday 21st July, they were still on their regular duties:-
  • 1720 Adelaide - Gawler Central:  2109 2010 2006 2112
  • 1735 Adelaide - Gawler Central:  2117 2012 2106 2003
1S47

It seems rather strange that they are still running them as all but 2 of the A-City cars are here.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

It seems rather strange that they are still running them as all but 2 of the A-City cars are here.
nm39
Which is indeed a large enough EMU fleet to operate all services on the Seaford/Tonsley route without needing DEMU assistance - 15 to 17 diagrams are needed for a full weekday service (2 for the Tonsley 2tph service, 8 for the standard Seaford 4tph service, 5 for the peak extras) depending on how much time is allocated at each terminus for recovering from delays.

Once 20 EMUs have actually entered service it is probably time for some of the premier peak extra trains to run as double consists on a routine basis, and have these marked in the timetable which should be due for an upgrade to increase the speed a bit compared to the current timings set for DEMUs.

So long as they aren't requiring money to be spent on maintenance, keeping a couple of Jumbo sets in service until they suffer a major failure is a good thing as it will allow the DEMU maintenance backlog to be cleared and a preventative maintenance program established.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
This week was the first time I had seen an electric on a Tonsley evening peak.  This means 15 diagrams are electric, 9 daytime, 5 peak and 1Tonsley.  A further unit lays over at Seaford and seems to be used for testing or training.  There are 19 units in service, with generally 2 of these at Dry Creek for maintenance.

Alex C
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
Once 20 EMUs have actually entered service it is probably time for some of the premier peak extra trains to run as double consists on a routine basis, and have these marked in the timetable .........
justapassenger
Probably a good idea if the units are available.  I've noticed the 1720 Seaford "express" is regularly well crowded.  Some of the inbound morning expresses are similarly very busy - regulars from the major stops obviously prefer the faster trips.

None of these trains are to Melbourne or Sydney crowding levels, but do have passengers standing in all the vestibules & along aisles (unlike other peak hour Seaford trains which usually have standees up front and spare seats in the rear car).  All the passengers on the expresses could all be comfortably seated in a 6-car set.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Probably a good idea if the units are available.  I've noticed the 1720 Seaford "express" is regularly well crowded.  Some of the inbound morning expresses are similarly very busy - regulars from the major stops obviously prefer the faster trips.

None of these trains are to Melbourne or Sydney crowding levels, but do have passengers standing in all the vestibules & along aisles (unlike other peak hour Seaford trains which usually have standees up front and spare seats in the rear car).  All the passengers on the expresses could all be comfortably seated in a 6-car set.
1S47
They shouldn't have to be crush-loaded before adding additional capacity, it should be remembered that comfort is one of the factors that an average commuter considers when choosing their mode of transport.

More people finding public transport acceptable to their needs means less need to optimise the CBD for cars (the least efficient form of commuter transport) as the moron transport minister is proposing at the moment.
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
Maybe the Jumbos are still active as not all 70 diesel 3000/3100 are in service I have not seen 3008 for more then a Year and 3119 has had 3022 with it nor 3 or more Months 3125 a few days also running around with a 3000 for company instead of 3126.

Any Drivers on this site know what's wrong with 3008.3120?
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
Maybe the Jumbos are still active as not all 70 diesel 3000/3100 are in service I have not seen 3008 for more then a Year and 3119 has had 3022 with it for 3 or more Months 3125 a few days also running around with a 3000 for company instead of 3126.

Any Drivers on this site know what's wrong with 3008.3120?
  ausbulldog Station Master

Location: Mt Barker SA
3008 has ATP fitted and is used for testing.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
4020 headed this afternoon not in service from Seaford to City and ended up at Dry Creek.

At 1715 stabling sidings at Dry Creek only had a single 3000.

Alex C
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
According to Facebook last suburban runs today.

An extra for the footy tomorrow, then that's it.
  loco958 Station Master

According to Facebook last suburban runs today.

An extra for the footy tomorrow, then that's it.
bingley hall
Can someone please either get some video footage and or photos.

Thankyou
  Smacks Station Master

Last revenue run for set 2112 2006 2010 2109 tonight, 2117, 2012, 2106 2003 will have their last revenue run tomorrow for the footy. Sad to see it but it is certainly their time to go.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Not a huge loss.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Sad to see them go but was bound to happen. I caught the 1720 ex Adelaide with a few other enthusiasts this evening & the 1812 ex Gawler Central service. I plan to catch one of the last movements tomorrow, gonna be hard to hold back the tears...
  monday Chief Commissioner

35 years is pretty good. Time to move on.

I wonder if the withdrawal is authentic or is it like the "last" A class run with Vline 18 months ago, and still turns up in service every now and then even to this day...
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
35 years is pretty good. Time to move on.

I wonder if the withdrawal is authentic or is it like the "last" A class run with Vline 18 months ago, and still turns up in service every now and then even to this day...
monday
I suppose if they end up with a train shortage they might keep one in service like V/Line has done with one A Class.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

About bloody time, I hope they are passed on to the ADF for M1A2 crews to practice on.
  mclaren2007 Assistant Commissioner

Location: recharging my myki
RIP
  cmjl Station Master

Location: Adelaide
I too will miss them, though I haven't ridden on one of them for more than a decade.

The trailer cars were beautifully quiet, save the whalesong that came from under the floor, and the original seats were very comfortable.  The closest I have experienced to that peace and quiet was recently taking the Overland to Mlebourne, with the loco well up front of where I was sitting.

The power cars, well - that was a different story.  I'd rather wait for another service than get stuck in one of them!

RIP STArtrains.
  loco958 Station Master

I too will miss them, though I haven't ridden on one of them for more than a decade.

The trailer cars were beautifully quiet, save the whalesong that came from under the floor, and the original seats were very comfortable.  The closest I have experienced to that peace and quiet was recently taking the Overland to Mlebourne, with the loco well up front of where I was sitting.

The power cars, well - that was a different story.  I'd rather wait for another service than get stuck in one of them!

RIP STArtrains.
cmjl


They had character that's for sure.

Caught a two car set from Bridgewater to Adelaide and return, the get up and go in comparison to the Red Hens was excellent.

But in long term they would have made an excellent country service provider within S.A.

The constant stop and go between stations made them venerable for continuous problems and fuel guzzling.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
But in long term they would have made an excellent country service provider within S.A.
loco958
Another useless lot of trains to collect dust waiting for pax that will never come?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
But in long term they would have made an excellent country service provider within S.A.
Another useless lot of trains to collect dust waiting for pax that will never come?
Aaron
Now, now Aaron, you know the Gunzel way, spend millions on upgrading a white elephant and everyone will come rushing to use it! Laughing
  loco958 Station Master

But in long term they would have made an excellent country service provider within S.A.
Another useless lot of trains to collect dust waiting for pax that will never come?
Aaron
Useless no.!

Versatile yes. !
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud

Caught a two car set from Bridgewater to Adelaide and return, the get up and go in comparison to the Red Hens was excellent.
loco958
There was a reason why they weren't allowed on the Belair line recently, can't recall why.

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