Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Train Tuesday

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.


Very quiet too.

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. 

My first trip showing the infinity view through seven carriages. 


Here it comes into South Yarra Station.


The interior is nice with great and live displays of the train's path and current location. Good auto announcements too. But oh, the interior had barely had a surface that was not covered by signs. This signage thing has become way out of hand.





The overhead train line has replaced a congested road level train crossing.


It is so good to see that Koornang Road traffic congestion has been eliminated. Ah, well...


The are under the train flyover has been quite well down. Rosstown is an old name for Carnegie.


Lads shooting a few hoops. 


I think the original station.


Here comes my HCMT to get back to South Yarra.



The distant orange like seats are for people like me. Old and infirm and close to doors.


Departing South Yarra Station. The arse end of the train if you like. 


Speaking of stickers, train windows are now being plastered over, in some cases right at eye level where you look out the train window.


Oh dear, before my eyes this sticker fell off the window. I know some are stickers, but this one seemed to be just a cling on type sticker. It must be as it just fell off so easily, which was great for me as I could properly see out the window. 


22 comments:

  1. Knowing your interest in trains; you might find this amusing.

    I had an Uncle who was in charge of all UK train times. I believe all train times were based on a certain train leaving Crewe (where my uncle worked), and spread out from there so that nothing crashed, and interconnecting trains arrived on time, etc. My uncle was offered early retirement, and his position was filled by "Two University Graduates". About two weeks after he left, he was contacted by the people at Crewe, and told that the two UG's couldn't work-out how everything worked. My uncle negotiated a better salary, returned for a couple of months to teach the two UG's, then retired again on a much higher pension! He laughed his head off!

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    1. I am very amused Cro and well done that uncle. It is oft complained here of the lack of knowledge with the inexperienced fresh from university who don't have a clue about the practicalities of operating in a real workplace.

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    2. Book learning is always trumped by practical experience.

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  2. It does look lovely the new train.

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    1. I was impressed Margaret. I am probably too old to see a high speed train between your town and Hobart, but I expect it will happen one day.

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  3. So I take it they won't be coming out our way on the Lilydale line

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    1. Sadly for you Cathy, no. But the arrival of these trains means you won't see many, if any older Comeng trains but the two newer models which are pretty good.

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  4. It does look good. I am pleased that you were able to ride in. Some day I will travel on our no longer very new tram. Some day - it doesn't currently go anywhere I want to go.

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    1. EC, you want to go somewhere on the tram rather than ride it for the pleasure! You should before the trams start breaking up like the Sydney trams have.

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  5. I have never heard of a clear vision through seven carriages being called an infinity view, but you are spot on! Bloody impressive.

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    1. Hels, I first noticed infinity inside a train earlier this year when on the new driverless Metro train in Sydney. It is quite strange to not to be able to see the end of a train carriage.

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  6. Nice, Seattle has the infinity trains

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    1. TP, I like the ability to see through.

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  7. Lovely train, futuristic. I meant to send you this famous old Irish song about a train before and forgot. Here it is:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w7eH6JuL50
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, thanks. It is a sweet and catchy little song story.

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  8. That I call a train ! Looks to me like the future ! If you want to get a nervous breakdown come to Belgium and see our modern trains and the schedules then you would always take your car ! Public transport is a nightmare here !

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    1. Gattina, there are certainly some very slick looking trams in Brussels.

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  9. I missed this post yesterday. I remember getting stuck at Murrumbeena crossing taking the kids to school. Sometimes 20 minutes or more. They have done a great job with the area under the overflies.

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    1. Caro, it became worse than that before the flyover was built. The traffic is still congested but not delayed like it once was.

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  10. Your train tour was delightful for all its ups and downs. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm pleased you liked it Darla. Thanks.

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  11. It's a very nice looking train. I won't be holding my breath waiting to get them here.

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