V/Line Incidents/Disruptions #2

 
  skitz Chief Commissioner

I originally posted about this in another thread but so as not to take that thread even further off course than I already have I'll continue it here.

Track work is taking place this week on the Bendigo line. A long string of new concrete sticks has been laid out next to the West track from around the 72km post heading in a down direction right up to the point where the 160 KM/H board marks the change in line speed

The placement of the new ties corresponds almost perfectly with spots where there are still timber sleepers remaining and it looks like this work will remove pretty much all timber from this section.

It remains to be seen whether the line speed will be increased from 130 > 160 in this section

Also of interest (well to me anyway) is whether V/Line will take advantage of Wednesdays industrial action to get some of the work done during daylight hours instead of doing the work at night.
BrentonGolding
Dont hold your breath about a line speed increase on account of the remianing sleepers being changed to concrete.

That line has smaller rail, the sleepers are the 'plank' versions.   Things like level crossing approaches need to be sorted before going to a higher speed.  Goingto 160km/hr s a big jump.

130km/hr is one thing, howvere the Gippland line sees speed restrictions on account of the track not being designed for 19t at 130km/hr.   (I havenot looked into the issue in detail but the speed resrictions suggest this and open to correction).   It suggests that the original line speed increase for a Velocity (19t) to 130km/hr was done without due dilligence.   Though in basic terms it appears to be a systems/organisation issue as the acual hardware on the ground is basically sound.

It should be noted that in WA the prospector rail car was able to run at 160km/hr on 47kg/m rail, though the concrete sleepers were full depth sleepers.  I forget their spacing, its been a long time, though 1600 per km sounds familair (ie closer spaced).

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  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Minor Delay according to V/Line, yet a Major Delay according to Metro.


  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
An interesting few days on V/Line for anyone needing to travel especially in Friday's heat. A few notes from my recent trips.

On Saturday I caught the Up Swan Hill service from Castlemaine. I was a tad 'weary' after attending a Christmas party the night before. When i arrived at the station I noticed the platform was crowded with people. Wary of what lay ahead I headed straight for the Customer Service counter and purchased a First Class upgrade. The best $8.40 I've spent all year! The train was already pretty full when it pulled into CME and by the time we hit Woodend it was standing room only in Second class with people in carriage ends and pretty much anywhere else they could find. More than a few were tossed out of the ACN for not having a First Class ticket. Worth a try I guess.

Fast forward to this morning and after some quality family time and some downright awful shopping time in Melbourne it was back to Footscrazy this morning for the Down Swanners. How my connecting bus managed to run almost 10 minutes late in the light traffic is beyond me but some of the regulars were pretty miffed by the driving style being employed and I think there might be one or 2 complaints going off to PT> about him (not that it will make one shred of difference as I found out when I complained to them about a Transdev driver attempting to commit multiple counts of manslaughter a few years back).

Waiting at Foots for the 07.49 departure of the Swan Hill Service the 07.37 Warnambool was showing on the PIDS as due next. At around 07.35 it vanished from the display to be replaced by the 07.44 Ballarat. I quickly got my phone out to see if it was a last minute cancellation (seemed strange as it had been showing as having departed SC) and it looked to be Train-aggeddon on the Geelong line but nothing about the Bubble. Next thing an N class hoves into view around the corner with Ballarat still showing on the D board and due in 6 minutes. I began to warn a few of the more obviously confused that this was not the Rat service when the PIDS flipped back to displaying Warnambool departing NOW. Oh dear.......

Interesting to note the number of normally 6 car V/Line services running as 3 car this morning. I assume that this is due to the quiet time of year and if so is very good rolling stock / fuel use management but in light of all of V/Line's problems over the last, um, er, 10 years it did set me wondering.

Now sat comfortably in an almost empty carriage as the service rockets along towards Gisborne. Happy days. For me at least.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Bendigo line out of action due to points failure at Taradale.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
PIDS at Footscrazy totally cactus this morning. Trains departing as normal but PIDS showing 6.23 Bendigo as the next train followed by 7.20 Epsom. All this at 07.41!

***edit, arrived at Castlemaine pretty much bang on time, checked the PIDS and saw the good old Listen for Announcements message. Whole system kaput?***
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Train delays on Ballarat line after truck strikes boomgate at Ballan.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6575422/train-delays-after-truck-strikes-boomgate-in-rollover-crash/?cs=225

Todays Wimmera MailTimes;

BigShunter.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
An interesting wet problem at Melton.

  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
On the 07.41 Down Swan Hill service sat at Sunshine due to an emergency services request (paramedic)

The conductor made an announcement prior to Sunshine that we would be stopping for a "short" time. I think we all knew that it was never going to be a short stop.

We have now been here for nearly 20 minutes and of course we are blocking following Geelong / Ballarat line services with V/Line probably unwilling / unable to "wrong road" following trains as we are counter peak and Sunshine is very busy with Up services at this time of the morning.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Bendigo line an utter mess this evening. Signalling all kaputt.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A slow train last night due to drunk and unruly bogans:
  Carnot Minister for Railways

This one caused a stir on FB:



Apparently it started with an Up Traralgon taking forever to get to SCS...
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Now I've heard it all . . . Track Congestion because one train was late 125 km away. OK if something's blocking the Up Bendigo track, but the alleged blocker isn't even on the same line.

I'll bet the next excuse will be Bad Hair Day.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
If the Bendigo train was formed off the Traralgon train then that would explain it.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
OK so the Traralgon was late arriving.
What was half the fleet which were not running strike bound Geelong services doing other than sitting around doing nothing?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Now I've heard it all . . . Track Congestion because one train was late 125 km away. OK if something's blocking the Up Bendigo track, but the alleged blocker isn't even on the same line.

I'll bet the next excuse will be Bad Hair Day.
Valvegear
They already have a bad hair day everyday. Have you seen the minister recently?
  jakar Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Apparently it started with an Up Traralgon taking forever to get to SCS...
Carnot
If the Bendigo train was formed off the Traralgon train then that would explain it.
railblogger
Both correct. The up Traralgon which formed the 1902 down Bendigo was on time until the outer burbs where it slowly started to lose time following a spark and then lost a heap of time around Richmond and Flinders St due to congestion. The late arrival at SCS caused the down Bendigo to depart late and lose its path after Sunshine making it even later. The following train was 'only' about 20 mins behind it at Castlemaine.

What was half the fleet which were not running strike bound Geelong services doing other than sitting around doing nothing?
YM-Mundrabilla
Geelong line strike was today, the late train was yesterday.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Both correct. The up Traralgon which formed the 1902 down Bendigo was on time until the outer burbs where it slowly started to lose time following a spark and then lost a heap of time around Richmond and Flinders St due to congestion. The late arrival at SCS caused the down Bendigo to depart late and lose its path after Sunshine making it even later. The following train was 'only' about 20 mins behind it at Castlemaine.
jakar
And I presume the 19.02 had to get into Bendigo, detrain pax and either stable or form another Up service before the following service could get into the platform so better to upset a few on one service than cascade the delay?
  jakar Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
And I presume the 19.02 had to get into Bendigo, detrain pax and either stable or form another Up service before the following service could get into the platform so better to upset a few on one service than cascade the delay?
BrentonGolding
To be honest Brenton i'm not 100% sure what occurred after Castlemaine. If you go by the tweet it terminated at Castlemaine and passengers were told to de-train and board the following service to get to Bendigo, yet from the data i looked at the 1902 continued on to Bendigo after the 1942 went through but it still had passenger numbers associated with it. Its quite possible though that the passenger numbers weren't cleared by the connie at termination. Off the top of my head the 1902 shunts out to the yard on arrival at Bendigo.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Interesting quote from a V/Line Spokesperson this morning "We are trouble resourcing drivers this morning." "This is causing delays across the network."
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
For the benefit of those of us whose native language is English, could somebody please explain what is meant by "resourcing " drivers?
Does the speaker mean finding enough drivers?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
For the benefit of those of us whose native language is English, could somebody please explain what is meant by "resourcing " drivers?
Does the speaker mean finding enough drivers?
Valvegear
i think you might be onto something there Valvegear

Not heard, but wonder if V/Line are having the same issues as Metro with drivers re the new track at South Yarra?

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