Vline still doing a great job of wrecking the services, better than what the workers can. One pm peak train disabled at Footscray last night about 17:45, created late running on Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines for most of the night. They probably had 100% late running after 18:00 for the rest of the night. Yesterday only the Traralgon line affected by industrial action, today Seymour, tomorrow Geelong Line.
Then again, with hot weather perhaps that will cause more grief today than the drivers.
I was on that train, it was handled quite poorly thanks to poor communication but the frontline staff at Footscray did exceptionally well given the circumstances.
Sat on the train for roughly 20 minutes, then told by the conductor to disembark so that a recoupling move could take place, then we could all re-board and hopefully depart. As soon as we were all on the platform at Footscray it was announced that the train had been cancelled.
After standing around for another 10 minutes or so, it was announced that 'a bus' (singular) had been ordered to move the passengers from the train, so after walking over to the bus bays and waiting in line, passengers witnessed the front 3 carriages had been placed back into service and were carrying the few passengers that didn't follow the instruction to head for the bus.
By that time three more buses had been ordered but the trains were running again so knowing that there would have been a long line of services stuck behind the disabled train I decided to head back to the platform.
At about 7pm I was finally able to fit on a train that stopped, then got kicked off at Geelong due to late running. The next South Geelong train was also cancelled, and the (1913) Dn Warrnambool halted for 20 minutes to first let the Up Warrnambool through and then a string of empty cars, so I finally got off at South Geelong about 8.40. So about 3h 10m for what is normally a 55 minute trip.
Interestingly I witnessed the 1713 Dn Warrnambool diverted into Platform 2 at Footscray (normally reserved for Dn Sunbury Line sparks) so that's the first time since RRL opening that I've known any Geelong line service to travel that way. The wait at Footscray was not all that bad for a gunzel.