Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bat Train

Metro chief executive Andrew Lezala blamed a bat and copper thieves for the missed target.
"We had significant disruption when a bat flew onto a power line and blew out an extensive amount of signalling equipment that we later realised had been exacerbated by a stolen earthing cable,” Mr Lezala said.
“The theft of this copper cable resulted in significant and ongoing disruptions to our customers on the Belgrave, Lilydale and Alamein lines and we apologise for this.”

A bat brought our train system to its knees? Extraordinary. What next, caterpillars on the train tracks?  Hot weather? I suppose if snow brings an underground railway unstuck, such as London's Tube, then anything is possible.

As unlikely as it may seem, our train system has a bit in common with London's Tube, in so far as the internet service indicator for both systems can be displaying 'good service', even though the line has been shut down.

14 comments:

  1. It seems to have a lot in common with London Transport. We have delays because of leaves on the line, snow on the line, the wrong kind of rain, thieves stealing cables and so on. Good to know we are not alone with these problems.

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    1. Fun60, it did not take much snow to shut down Eurostar a couple of years ago.

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  2. We've had seven major rail stoppages in the past six weeks in Sydney. I can't recall bats being blamed for any of them but it can only be a matter of time given the number of them around the CBD.

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    1. Ah yeah Victor. We saw roosting bats in your Botanic Gardens a couple of years ago. I don't recall shut downs when red rattlers rode the rails, in Sydney and Melbourne.

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  3. You're not a;lone in Melbourne, hardly a week goes by up here in Brisbane when there is not a line out of action forone reason or another. Oh well, as long as the executives get their huge salaries and junkets, all's well.

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    1. Bill, they certainly get those. Do you think things have become too high tech?

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  4. Hmmmm. Considering that people regularly throw themselves in front of trains (esp the London underground) and there's only a disruption for cleaning the tracks, the other excuses might be a euphemism for that, perhaps....?

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    1. Kath, TfL have good plans in place for 'one under'. The service restarts quickly. It happens rarely hear. You may be interested to hear of a new phrase heard here, a police incident has.....

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  5. The Bat had to stop the trains so that Commissioner Gordon would catch the bad guys.
    Then he told Metro they should have protective enclosures around such important signalling equipment.

    I have very fond memories of a little tin shed in the mass of tracks between Richmond and Flinders Street in the mid-60's, which was labelled The Bat-Hut. It was such a pathetic tin shed the sign made me smile every morning going to work.

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    1. Ann, the Bat-Hut sounds very cool. Perhaps back then, it was the control centre for trains. Not that they needed one. They just ran quite well, apart from there always being a delay into Flinders Street.

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  6. You can't blame the bat for the stoppage. The fault lies with the missing earthing cable, so the true fault lies with those who stole it.

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    1. Quite so River, although I will go further and suggest that it a lack of monitoring that was the fault. Metro Trains should be monitoring equipment that is prone to vandalism.

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  7. Caterpillars LMAO!! Gold. Are they those green ones with red spots and spiky bits?

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    1. Fen, I think they were more conventional caterpillars, kind of grey and it happened near Ballarat.

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