Monday, April 19, 2021

Train Oddity

I was in Balaclava sipping coffee and I then intended to catch the train to South Yarra and the tram home. I was close to the station and a train went towards South Yarra at 3.14. The weekday train service drops from 15 minutes to 20 minutes at weekends. Just to be sure I checked the appropriate app on my phone and it said there was a train in six minutes. I caught it, but what was that train about? The time table is what is known as clock face, that is predictable times.

1.14, 1.34, 1.54

2.14, 2.34, 2.54

3.14, 3.22, 3.34, 3.54

4.14, 4.34, 4.54

It is not hard to spot the anomaly and I wonder why it is there? A football extra train? No, most unlikely on the Sandringham line. What I was hoping was that it was one of our new trains running an extra service which is happening at times and while it may be not be included in the online timetable, the live information will show one if it is carrying passengers. It seems unlikely to move a train into position for the next day's service. 

Curious.


21 comments:

  1. Luck Was On Your Side - Keep On Keeping On

    Cheers

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    1. Maybe Padre. I could have happily lingered longer.

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  2. Anonymous2:54 pm

    Speaking of trains, have you ever heard of the Great White Train? I hadn't but I watched a movie on YouTube yesterday - Undercover - that mentioned it and so consulted with Google Sensei. Very interesting...Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, there is a music track of that name but I can't find what you mention. Can you send me a link please.

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    2. Anonymous10:11 am

      Here you go: https://www.phototimetunnel.com/the-great-white-buy-australian-train

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  3. My problem with trains is every time I think about going out to the beach, I'll turn on the news and learn that trains aren't running on the Outer Harbor/Grange line or something similar and going by bus would take far longer so I usually don't go anywhere unless I really need to. Lazy, I am.

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    1. River, that happens at times here. I tend to put off travel to another time if there is bustitution.

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  4. The annoying thing is, you will probably never discover the reason for the journey. Hope it doesn't keep you awake at night!

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    1. Marie, I do know where to ask online but they are grumpy old men and I've forgotten my login, lol.

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  5. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the scheduling of Metro Trains. I suppose you were lucky you didn’t get to the station and discover buses being substituted for trains due to track work:)

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    1. Cathy, after one nasty bustitution experience, I've learnt to check in advance.

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  6. That is a unusual timetable.

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    1. And Diane, I don't like unusual. I like predictable.

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  7. At time an unexpected extra train is a great joy

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    1. Travel, I have experienced unexpected joy.

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  8. I was raised by a father who believed one must always be early for everything by at least 15 minutes. That being said, the penalty of being late was so great, that I developed a thing about time. Those who know me know I am always 20+ minutes early for everything.
    It's a habit that drives me crazy, but I cannot change it.

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    1. Maribeth, I am a bit last minute but never late. R had a medical appointment today at 9.00am. He left home at 8.25 for a four minute tram trip to where he had to be.

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  9. Train anomalies are not good 😉 I'm a bit like you Andrew, just make it in the nick of time.. appointments that is!

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    1. Grace, and we always make it.

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Before you change something, find out why it is the way it is in the first place - unknown.