Rain Event coming to Sydney 5th June

 
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Since when has it been a "Rain Event"?  It used to be " . . . expecting heavy rain."
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Rain, drought, wind, calm, sun, heat, cold and calm are all world ending issues but only if one listens to the BoM and some radio people who fancy themselves as ' personalities' !.
Rolling Eyes
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I would hardly call 17mm (at the time of writing) since 09:00 today a "rain event" in Sydney. Feel free to post again when the expectation is well into three digits.

Sydney is the same place where on 6 August 1986, a total of 327.7 mm was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am.

That was an 'event'. Even then, it did not bucket down, it just rained at a steady rate of about 15mm per hour for about 36 hours and 440mm was recorded over the 3 days.

But in Melbourne, such rainfall would be an "event", a major catastrophe even.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Get back to us when it gets better than this:

ARHS Bulletin
Feb 1983 (Vol 34 No. 544)
Railway operations in the 'great wet' May 1889 (Audley, D.)
This detailed and interesting article describes the difficulties faced by the NSWR during the unseasonal wet conditions experienced in May 1889. 11 photos. Contribution from D Burke appears in Bn 574, Aug 1985, p 192.
page[s]: 25-48
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
[quote=apw5910]Get back to us when it gets better than this:

ARHS Bulletin
Feb 1983 (Vol 34 No. 544)
Railway operations in the 'great wet' May 1889 (Audley, D.)
This detailed and interesting article describes the difficulties faced by the NSWR during the unseasonal wet conditions experienced in May 1889. 11 photos. Contribution from D Burke appears in Bn 574, Aug 1985, p 192.
page[s]: 25-48[/quote]
The BOM site has lots of old data.

530 mm in May 1889 in Sydney, 480 mm of which fell in just 4 days.

Not to overlook the Maitland Floods of 1956 or thereabouts - I think Flood Gates still protect Maitland Station.

I haven't really seen much rain damage to railways in my time in Sydney, I do recall the lower level of the Flying Junctions being under water for an hour or so following a Thunderstorm in the early 1990's, and I remember the ESR being flooded for a few hours during the 1980's between Town Hall and Central (the line is below sea level there) when pumps failed during a storm.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

On the main south I have seen on many occasions water up to or above the rail line level between fairfield, carramar and glenfield.
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
A decent heavy fall will have Wolli creek up and over the tracks around Bardwell Park and Turella for an hour or two as well. Didn't see anything like that today.

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