Everyday QR Network Observations

 
  bigj Chief Train Controller

7.30 Caboolture train had the (SMU Unit 241) had the trailing driver's door open, which was odd.

Announcements this morning such as "When departing from this service, would passengers please ensure they have all personal belongings".

Justin

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  petey3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: On the rails
A couple of things today...
1) When i got to Ipswich station to jump on my Brisbane train (on the way home to uni) there was the Railmotor (talked about earlier...) parked on platform 2, with passengers on board. The strange thing is that the Rosewood shuttle was not there, when it usually is...
Couldn't see the number of the RM because i was runnig late for my train, which was about to leave. When we left, the railmotor had departed, heading towards Rosewood.
2) On my Brisbane/Caboolture train, we were having a great deal of difficulty departing from Ipswich station. Doors closed, didnt hear them released again... went into the end carriage, and i heard the 'Stand Clear, Doors Closing' message again, from the very end door. Brakes were released, then put on again, and released again. Train started moving backwards... brakes were very quickly applied again... after a number of tries at removing the brakes, the guard ran up the platform, into the end passenger door (i think he either used keys to get in, or it hadn't closed in the 1st place), got into the cab, did something in there and then gave the right of way bells again. Finally left Ipswich station, with no further problems noticed the rest of the way into the city. Got off at Central, and looked at the screen (and also heard the guard say something about it), and we were classed as an "extra", terminating at Bowen Hills, with the Caboolture train going to be arriving very soon behind us (i had a 6 Car 200 SMU at Roma Street on the loop when we arrived...). So there must have been some serious probs with that train...
Didnt catch the number of the front set, but the trailing set was EMU63.
  siding Assistant Commissioner

The Rail Motor is the inspection one from Rocky.It is off to Tara and Roma.
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
i saw all those sleepers and stuff at kuraby this morning  Very Happy

there was some construction equipment there so many they will be doing something soon  Question

YAY my first post!!  Very Happy
  colinw Chief Commissioner

i saw all those sleepers and stuff at kuraby this morning  Very Happy

there was some construction equipment there so many they will be doing something soon  Question
"znikerizm"

Yeah, noticed the earthmoving equipment there this morning.  Its too soon to be anything to do with the triplication - I wonder what they're doing?  Possibly re-laying the middle (platform 2) road which is looking a bit tatty.

cheers,
Colin
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
i noticed that EMU06 had the QR logo painted over this morning! it was really odd!  Shocked

i lokk foreward to the day that those grafitti scum get whats coming to them!!!  Evil or Very Mad
  colinw Chief Commissioner

A truck full of concrete sleepers at kuraby this morning, plus more construction equipment and a minivan (with QR logo) full of workers.

Something's happening, but not sure what yet.
  StormyTravel Chief Train Controller

Location: Wellington Point, SE Qld
Noticed some concrete sleepers, rail and a bobcat at Manly station today.

Anyone know what's happening??

Cheers  8)
  TWINTURBOSkyline Deputy Commissioner

Location: In exile
Noticed some concrete sleepers, rail and a bobcat at Manly station today.

Anyone know what's happening??

Cheers  8)
"StormyTravel"


I hope that doesnt have anything to do woth what the Manly GSM said. He said they may put two more stabling roads in at Manly.
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
I heard the driver of ICE 158/154 on 403 report a 'distorted windscreen' to Suburban Control as the train passed Sunshine Station on the Northern Line.

"I've got a headache, and we're not even at Caboolture yet, Control."

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=116509
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
ICE 157/151 passes over the grade crossing at Sunshine Station on the Northern Line with 'Expo North' on the destination.

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  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
matt_el3900 Posted: 24 Aug 2005 16:54

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znikerizm wrote:  
i noticed that EMU06 had the QR logo painted over this morning! it was really odd!  

i lokk foreward to the day that those grafitti scum get whats coming to them!!!  



That was me that did that! I was cleaning paint off the front of EMU06 last week and after getting very annoyed I decided to rip the logo off as it looks better like than rather than having it go all white!!!!

Matt


its a small world! Smile
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
i noticed that the beenligh train (5:14 from central) was a really shaky ride home yesterday  Confused

and yesterday morning we went through Roma Street at 7:40am and we were the only train!  Shocked LOL
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
i noticed that the beenligh train (5:14 from central) was a really shaky ride home yesterday  Confused
"znikerizm"


I think that the poor quality track on some sections of the Beenleigh Line was a large contributor to that!  The Petrie  Caboolture section on the Northern Line has 47kg/m rail on timber sleepers and is nothing but a goat track.  It will give you the same rough ride!
  colinw Chief Commissioner

Some of the Beenleigh track dating back to South Coast Line days is even lighter than that.  I don't know if its been replaced, but when I lived near Fruitgrove in the early '90s some of the track around Fruitgrove station was 80 lb/yard (about 40kg/m), spiked straight to the sleepers without metal fishplates.

cheers,
Colin
  bigj Chief Train Controller

i noticed that the beenligh train (5:14 from central) was a really shaky ride home yesterday  Confused
"znikerizm"


I think that the poor quality track on some sections of the Beenleigh Line was a large contributor to that!  The Petrie  Caboolture section on the Northern Line has 47kg/m rail on timber sleepers and is nothing but a goat track.  It will give you the same rough ride!
"MichaelJ"


I hate that section of track. It seriously needs upgrading.

Also, validators have now been installed at Northgate.

Justin
  ar31 Chief Commissioner

Location: Elimbah, Queensland
Yes I agree, the Caboolture  Petrie track does seem a bit rough, whether if its a all-stops trip or a limited express to/from Nambour.  Which may be a minor reason why a section of track between Narangba and Burpengary which was 120km/h was lowered to 100km/h.

In other notes re Translink, The new ticket machine is installed at Toowong and validators are being progressively fitted.

Cheers.
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
what is with the new machines? i mean, come on, they only put the new translink ones in a few months ago!  Confused

granted they have advantages, like eftpos and note taking, but are the fares gonna go up more to accomodate this? and are the zones and the ticketing still going to stay the same?

goodnite all

Smile
  bigj Chief Train Controller

No, they shouldn't. It's a contract undertaken by Cubic Corp of the US.
Also, those TL machines were just retrofitted QR TVM's with new stickers and software. The reason why (acc. to TL) the upgrade is occuring with the machines is that the old one's are about 10 years old.

Here's a news release from their website:

http://www.cubic.com/cts/PressReleases/Aug11-2005.htm

Brisbane, Australia TransLink Begins Field Testing for Pilot for
Integrated Ticketing and Revenue Management System by Cubic

SAN DIEGO, Calif., and BRISBANE, Australia, August 11, 2005 -- TransLink, the Public Transit Authority responsible for managing South East Queenland's major transport operators, announced it has begun the first phase of the rollout of a new integrated ticketing and revenue management system supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Corporation (AMEX:CUB).

Cubic was awarded a comprehensive contract in 2003 to design, build, operate and maintain what will be Queenland's first smart card-based integrated ticketing system and regional services for public transport. The smart card-based system will ultimately link the region's transportation services to a single smart card for payment of fares.

The first stage of the pilot consists of five Queensland Rail stations and one private bus operator conducting field testing for pilot. During the first stage, a select focus group will use the system, employing contactless smart cards. Current paper tickets will also be available to the general public. During the second stage of the pilot, TransLink plans to issue more smart cards to a wider demographic selection of volunteers to use the system and provide feedback.

"The commencement of the smart card pilot was an important milestone for the project.," said Luke Franzmann, general manager of TransLink. "Though the introduction of stored value smart cards, this project will improve the quality of service that we provide our patrons and introduce a more reliable and convenient altenative to paper tickets."

Stored value smart cards enable customers to put a predetermined amount of value on their cards and pay as they go, with the fare calculated at the end of the journey by "touching off" the card at a reader. Valid transfers between services are also automatically determined.

Cubic is providing Queensland the latest generation automatic fare collection technology, including Cubic's Nextfare™central computer and back office systems, add-value and ticket vending machines, fare gates and rail ticket office terminals. All of these are included in the pilot, which is installed at some of the busiest stations in Brisbane's Central Business District, including Roma Street, Central and Brunswick Street, plus suburban stations, Petrie and Sandgate.

At the same time, bus ticket systems consisting of driver control units, card interface devices and passenger interface modules for issuing paper tickets and processing smart cards will be installed on the entire fleet of buses operated by Hornibrook Bus Lines.

The company's central computer and back-office systems are currently being tested for operational support during the pilot to issue reports, handle revenue clearing and settlement, and provide ongoing cardholder support.

The completion of the first phase is scheduled for the end of September; full rollout of the system will commence in 2006. Ultimately, the system will also link all private and public sector bus operators and Queensland Rail to the one AFC system. In addition, the contract includes a managed services agreement to be provided for a minimum of ten years, which commences upon successful completion of the pilot. At that time, Cubic will be responsible for all ticketing system operations and maintenance, regional clearing and settlement, card management and customer services.

Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. is the world's only full-service systems provider of automated fare collection systems for public transport including bus, bus rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail, heavy rail, ferry and parking. Cubic's solutions and services include system design, back office computer systems, support equipment, equipment design and manufacturing, device-level software, integration, test, installation, warranty, maintenance, computer hosting services, call centre services, card management and distribution services, financial clearing and settlement, multi-application support and outsourcing services..

Every year, nearly 10 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic fare collection systems. Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 major markets on five continents. Active projects include London, New York / New Jersey region, Washington, D.C. / Baltimore / Virginia region, Los Angeles region, San Diego region, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Atlanta, Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada, Brisbane in Australia, Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, China and Scandinavia.
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
I saw EMU 19/28 at Windsor with 'Kippa Ring' on the destination board ...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=116608
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
sorry im being a pain but i have a question...

with these new smart card thingys, you put a certain amount on them yeah? does that mean it will end up more expensive in the long run? i get a weekly ticket  which $33.60 which i use for the five terrible working days, and some weekend (well most, when i can get my way anyway) my fiance and i go into the city. weekly tickets are based on 4 daily trips, so i quite like the fact that i can get free trips on the weekend! i really hope that doesnt change, coz Translink are already expensive enough for a under 21 yr old trainee  Shocked

thanky muchly guys  Very Happy
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
I saw EMU 19/28 at Windsor with 'Kippa Ring' on the destination board ...
"MichaelJ"

They do it to confuse the passengers and excite the gunzels...  Rolling Eyes

But what's with the stickers over the graffiti?
  matty80 Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
I saw EMU 19/28 at Windsor with 'Kippa Ring' on the destination board ...
"MichaelJ"

They do it to confuse the passengers and excite the gunzels...  Rolling Eyes

But what's with the stickers over the graffiti?
"Graham4405"


Its QR's weird idea to shame the people that put the graffiti there they have some strange idea that it will stop people doing it if no one can see it.

just makes the train more ugly but anyway
  3foot6 Minister for Railways

Location: Unknown
I saw EMU 19/28 at Windsor with 'Kippa Ring' on the destination board ...
"MichaelJ"

They do it to confuse the passengers and excite the gunzels...  Rolling Eyes

But what's with the stickers over the graffiti?
"Graham4405"


Its QR's weird idea to shame the people that put the graffiti there they have some strange idea that it will stop people doing it if no one can see it.
"matty80"


No it's not ... the idea behind the stickers is to deface the tag/fill-in so that photos taken by graf scum are ruined.
  znikerizm Chief Train Controller

Location: the NICE side of the M1!
scum is an understatement...

i think we all have our ideas on what we would like to do to them, all of which are likely to be illegeal though, but they are breaking the law too!

i hate them Evil or Very Mad

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