Comeng trains on the Sandringham line

 
  Reon Beginner

Hi All,
My son wants to travel on a Comeng train before they are withdrawn from service.
Is it possible to find out the times that Comeng trains run on the Sandringham line?
I'm guessing not all trains on the Sandringham line are Comeng trains.
Many thanks,
Ralph

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  CraigieburnLineUser Locomotive Fireman

Hi All,
My son wants to travel on a Comeng train before they are withdrawn from service.
Is it possible to find out the times that Comeng trains run on the Sandringham line?
I'm guessing not all trains on the Sandringham line are Comeng trains.
Many thanks,
Ralph
Reon
Hey Ralph,

I believe a lot of Comeng trains run on the Sandy line (in conjunction with Siemens trains). I can't tell you about times, but something like AnyTrip, TripView, or TransportVic should be able to tell you if a Comeng is running.

Also, the Comengs will be in service for at least the next few years, so there is definitely time to ride them. The older one are being retired, but those that got upgraded with the new information screens will likely be in service till the Metro Tunnel comes in (at the earliest). If you're around the inner core, you can also find the Comeng trains on the Northern lines (with most of the Comengs being cascaded onto these lines over time). The Caufield lines do also have them but are becoming less common with the HCMTs on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

The X'Trapolis 2 trains will likely be what shifts the last Comengs out of service, these are supposed to start coming into service around 2024.

Hope this helps!
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Comeng trains run on all lines which go through South Yarra and North Melbourne. Personally I'd go for the Sunbury, Werribee or Cranbourne lines over Sandringham, as the trains can be really opened up towards the end of the line (I would have also said Pakenham, but Cardinia Road station plugged a gap where the trains used to go really fast - the best line to have ridden a Comeng would have been Warragul but you're 25 years too late unfortunately, the Victorian government of the day decided to tear down the power lines and use diesels despite electric trains being vastly superior). Nothing like hearing a Comeng's traction motors screaming at 110+ km/h. Sandringham is a shorter line with lots of curves so the trains don't get to go very fast.

At the other end of the speed scale, you can also take a Comeng over a tram crossing (Glenhuntly tram square) if you go on the Frankston line. Comengs and tram crossings will both be a thing of the past by the next decade. If you get off at Glenhuntly, you can also catch a Comeng tram on route 67 which can drop you off at Elsternwick station (conveniently on the Sandringham line), or you can take it all the way to Flinders Street Station or Melbourne Central. Just like the trains, the Comeng trams (Z, A and B class) will also be scrapped in ten years or less. Disregard if you need a wheelchair-accessible tram though, as the Comeng trams all have steps and route 67 doesn't actually have any low floor trams.

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