I was at Flinders Street Station a few weeks ago and I noticed one of our new trains on an adjacent platform ready to depart. Of course I will remember the time later when it will become useful, but of course I would have forgotten. I know myself well enough to make a note of the time on my phone. The time was 2.45.
I really want a ride on the new train. It is known as an HCMT train, High Capacity Metro Train I think, and is purpose built to run from Pakenham and Cranbourne Stations in the far east to Sunbury in far west using an under construction tunnel from South Yarra, under the city, rising to ground level at South Kensington. It is a huge project and should be complete in 2025. The trains are built here from local and imported ingredients.
A couple of weeks later when lazy retiree found some spare time, I checked timetables and estimated it was the 2.47 from Flinders Street which would make it the 2.54 at South Yarra Station. I was hoping that the train was allocated to the same run each day. Traffic was heavy in Toorak Road but I had allowed enough time for the 58 tram to get me to South Yarra Station on time.
I was pleased as punch when I saw the bright LED headlights come into view. If I was a kid, I would have jumped up and down with excitement. Anyone looking at me at the time would not imagine that at all with my expressionless face mask on....ah, well yes, I was masked too.
The train was very nice indeed. It was so smooth and quiet. In my glee I forgot to take photos except for this long one down the infinite length of the train. The line runs express through four stations and I left the train at Caulfield, its first stop after I boarded and caught the next train back to South Yarra, an old Comeng, not a bad train but quite old now.
HCMT, fast in the inner suburbs.
There was a bit of a wait for the next tram home and as I was peering down at the Metro Tunnel works, I noted that the train following the one I caught was also an HCMT. Noted for future use.
Yes, so a lack of photos. That's not good blog fodder. I will take the same trip again however there was a train service alteration with trains only travelling to Westall Station and then buses. I was very disappointed to see an old Comeng arrive. I knew I had enough time to stay on the train for one station further, Carnegie to catch the next train back that should be a new HCMT, but it wasn't.
Take three. Yay, here comes an HCMT. I journeyed on to Carnegie in almost luxury apart from the padded but rather hard seat, and the train back was an HCMT too. I got photos. Enough writing. Here are some pics.