I missed the 14:36 by a big margin. I saw the 14:56 Melton depart with a good load and then went to Platform 3A to await departure of the 15:16.
Which docked late as a three car V'Locity and in vain the public address announcements tried to stop people getting on the train.
Bear in mind the previous 14:36 Ballarat was cancelled... a lot of that going on these days and the following Ballarat, the 15:16 was three cars. The train departed 5 late and was full and standing. Almost a crush load.
More on at Footscray and Sunshine then we arrived at Caroline Springs where the train was cancelled
An apparent 'track fault' at Rockbank.
The previous Melton train was on Platform 1, we arrived on Platform 2. There were already people waiting at the bus stop off the Melton train. By the time our 300+ crowd got to the bus stop, there was a common theme. Every 20 mins a crowd will arrive and the buses were at least 30 mins away.
The text message from V/Line advised at least 2 hours before trains would start again.
I thought, no way am I going to wait here like cattle in a corral, so with the announcement of one of the trains going back to the City and the trains being dry, warm and empty, that was the logical choice.
On the way back to the City I decided my office after 20+ years is definitely my sanctuary so I made my way to Treasury Place to settle in for a few hours where I worked on my next 'working' e-bike holiday.
The fault cleared and I caught the 19:28 and was home by 20:30, about 5 hours later than I planned.
My question, why can't trains travel through these track faults SLOWLY like they used to, instead of cancelling trains and inconveniencing hundreds of people.
I'm copying and pasting this to V/Line complaints and I'll post the reply in a few weeks.