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I think the Richmond line is in the category of "there's too much wrong with it, so it needs a whole rebuild, so we're not going to spend money on it until we rebuild it".
It does it's job, providing the same good old 30 minute service from first train to last, 7 days per week :lol:

Just look at the other single track electrified line in the network (Unanderra to Kiama) which suffers from not having enough power capacity to properly operate the existing level of service on it. Which is why that when two 8-car trains cross, only one is allowed to accelerate at a time, and only at a low speed :nuts:
 

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And are there any other road crossings in this country used by EMUs that don't have boom barriers fitted? Despite being famous for it's crossings there are none in the Melbourne system and haven't been any since the 1990s. Never noticed one anywhere else in recent years.

Does my idea of putting in boom barriers at a level crossing on a quiet private access road seem wasteful? Well maybe, but if you go to Victoria you can find level crossing installations with boomgates and full safety protection on gravel roads that lead to a locked gate that's the back entry to someone's farm. So this one seems like it would be more useful than that ;)
Given the Tilt Train is an EMU and continues all the way to Rockhampton, I imagine there are many unprotected rail crossings north of the Sunshine Coast. Even within the Intercity network I've managed to find a couple, generally providing access to isolated rural properties or as a secondary access route (note: I only went looking as far as Cooroy).

Stop Signs:
Glass House Mountains (Sunshine Coast) https://goo.gl/maps/mZ5uPe96FVBoUKmp6
Kulangoor (Sunshine Coast) https://goo.gl/maps/6f9jWZ5rfKdyUwsy9

Lights (No barriers):
Beerburrum (Sunshine Coast Line) https://goo.gl/maps/Uoge8rhPkJRG2uTv5

They're generally being closed off though. I found this one at Walloon (Rosewood Line) which when I first found it on Google Maps was open, however on inspection of streetview and Nearmaps, it was closed in 2014. Open: https://goo.gl/maps/nMvvhTjhbNNPva3RA
Closed: https://goo.gl/maps/arP5TvZ74FcYpdo48
 

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^^ Blame me for being asleep through most of that section when I was on the SOTO last year ;)

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In a flashback to 2006, here is a sneak peak of the futuristic new Waratah trains:


 

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Here's a video from the mid 1980's produced by Commonwealth Engineering (ComEng). They made 3 mock ups for the new Tangara contract to be awarded by the State Rail Authority (SRA).

The mock ups were for standard length suburban cars of 23 metres one with widened stair wells one with standard, and a 25 metre long coach (the same length as SRA's intercity cars) with widened stairells.

However SRA decided to choose Goninan's offering. The loss of the contract (146 cars) helped drive ComEng to declare bankruptcy, and the plant closed soon after

 

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If you’re standing at the station platform waiting for your train and think you’re hearing a familiar voice, you probably are.

Everyone is currently losing their minds after finding out that the women who voices those pleasant train announcements, is actually Taylor Owynns, aka the woman who voiced ‘Lulu’ in Bananas In Pyjamas for 10 years!

https://www.rmk.com.au/taylor_owynns/


 

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Where was everybody else on the 12:24am Moss Vale train this morning? Nobody left but me, the guard and the driver after Bargo :nuts:

I wonder how much it costs the government per day to run this service and it's corresponding inbound trip, both of which started running daily in the 2017 timetable. I'm guessing it would be much cheaper to hire taxis as necessary for intending passengers.
 

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The problem with double-deckers:

At the doors - people crowded like sardines, with luggage and prams, blocking the doors and having a bad time. Pain in the arse for people to get on or off the train.

Upstairs: More empty seats than people standing.

Pretty standard.



 

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Where was everybody else on the 12:24am Moss Vale train this morning? Nobody left but me, the guard and the driver after Bargo :nuts:

I wonder how much it costs the government per day to run this service and it's corresponding inbound trip, both of which started running daily in the 2017 timetable. I'm guessing it would be much cheaper to hire taxis as necessary for intending passengers.
Makes me want to say that word that public transport planners are not allowed to think...

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that speed, for lack of a better word, is good. speed is right, speed works."
 

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They'll just have to get rid of those pesky passengers and then they can go like the clappers, no problem.
 

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They'll just have to get rid of those pesky passengers and then they can go like the clappers, no problem.
Nah, just use SecureFoam. Crashworthyness is all that matters. Just ask State Rail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnyhkBU1yaw

In case you're wondering where that thought came from. Years ago I got to check out the lab and the 500 tonne press they used to test new train seats. One of the hangovers from the Granville disaster. It of course begs the question of why they wanted to make trains "crashworthy" when it would be far more useful to do things like physically prevent trains from crashing into things. After all, aircraft aren't crashworthy, they just go to a lot of effort to avoid crashing in the first place.
 
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