Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Riding a bi

Bidirectional train line actually, but still interesting to me. I puzzled in my head about this express train line and how the system works, and I did work it out, later confirmed by Wikipedia.

It will be hard for left hand car drivers to imagine, but never mind. Here is my best effort.

I journeyed from South Yarra Station to Mordialloc Station on the Frankston line, in house known by a customary three letter abbreviation, in this case the FKN line. 

It was such a slow trip and not even vaguely competitive with car travel times and that makes me sad. Stations are close and the train stops at them all. Given there is a train every ten minutes, maybe every second train could only stop at major stations? But that would upset things as the line continues on from south eastern suburbs to western suburbs via the city.

While it made no difference to on time running, the older Comeng trains have such slow acceleration compared to the newer Siemens and Alstom trains. I was on a Comeng out and a Siemens in. 

So there are three tracks and in the middle of the day the far left on the outbound side is unused. In evening peak times when express trains operate, I would think it will be used by the express trains, overtaking the stopping all stations trains. 

But what about the morning peak when inbound express trains run? There isn't a separate track on the inbound side.

The outbound stopping all stations train uses the left hand outbound express track. The inbound stopping all stations uses its usual inbound track.

I was looking out the train window and sure enough, the centre track had signals in both directions, which confirmed what I was thinking. The inbound express train uses the centre track which during the day is the outbound stopping all stations tracks. The express line finishes at Moorabbin Station. 

Yes, your eyes are glazed over but it is good for me to write this down and so hopefully remember.

And hey, you get a couple of photos of Mordialloc, a town severely divided by the major Nepean Highway. To note, the road did not seem nearly as busy as it used to be, possibly because of the opening of the M11 freeway and of course you know what.

Cannons at the ready near the war memorial to defend the sovereignty of Mordialloc. 


Clocks like this are usually broken and don't tell the correct time, often not working at all. Well done to the local council for maintaining the clock well, accurate to the minute.


The Frankston line has a ten minute service, which is great. It is a busy train line. I checked the PTV app for the time of the next train and made the same mistake as I have in the past. I used 'Your Location' rather than entering the name of the station, so I was given walking time to the station added to the train time. I went for when I saw on the app a train was due and the time was wrong. It was a pleasant enough train trip home, even though so slow. 

19 comments:

  1. FKN line amused me no end. I have felt that way about many, many trains in my past.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. I know what you are saying WWW.

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  2. FKN line tickled my fancy too.
    You are so right about those community clocks. I have (nearly) given up checking them.
    I am glad that you had a pleasant albeit slow trip home.

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    1. I saw another accurate public clock in Footscray today EC. Sorry, no photo.

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  3. I thought FKN stood for something else and not Frankston. "Riding a bi" could also be misinterpreted by commenters with filthy minds. Whoever knew that the world of transport could be so coloured with luminous innuendo?

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    1. YP, I have no time for those who make double entendres and the like, nor turn things into smut. Utter filth!

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    2. That is because you are a man with high moral standards.

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    3. I have no such standards and enjoyed a good laugh. Smutty filth is the stuff of life!

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    4. Haha Darla. Nor me really.

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  4. Riding The Rails Like A HoBo - Really Enjoyed The Photos As Well - Pleased To Know That You Allowed Yourself Some Additional Time - Be Well And Travel On

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, I was well enough dressed, not looking like a hobo. Of time, I have plenty. Of time I use unwisely.

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  5. Once upon a time FKN was an accurate description of Frankston. It's a bit more gentrified now. There used to be a huge bottleneck at Mordi before they widened the bridge although the traffic coming off Beach Rd at the roundabout causes as much gnashing of teeth.

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    1. Caro, I remember how it was, and it wasn't good. I was surprised to see a roundabout mid area. Mordi looked a bit smarter than it used to.

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  6. You're right, my eyes were glazing over. but it's the outbound train using the middle line that confused me. If it stops at all stations, do people have to walk across that empty track to get on or off the train? or is there a loading dock between the lines? A chair lift maybe? Ship type gangplank?

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    1. River, there will be multiple platforms and a bridge or subway to connect them all. The new stations as level crossings are removed have lifts and escalators to get up and down. A chair lift between platforms sounds like fun.

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  7. From Mordialloc to Frankston are the nicest Melbourne suburbs... facing the beach, close to train stations and heaps of fun shops. But you must live on the beach side of the railway line.

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    1. Hels, for decades from the early 1900's Mordialloc Beach was the place for my maternal side of the family to journey to and have picnics and fun.

      Yes about beach side. The streets are short, maybe six houses long? They must cost now, but did not always.

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  8. A three track system really helps when something goes wrong, to have a bypass. A major flaw in some systems (like Washington DC.)

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    1. Yes, that too TP. The ideal is four tracks if there are fast express trains.

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