Thursday, February 01, 2007

And it just gets better

A week or two ago young Chris, AKA The Met, took me to task over what he considered to be conflicting comments on my view of the old silver trains (apparently they're Hitachi's - not sure of the purpose of that apostrophe, but it seems to be a requisite when referring to those old rattlers). Anyway, The Met was confused by my dislike of them due to their lack of air-con and my statement that they were reliable.

The fact that they are still running and get dragged back into service when the new ones fail does seem to suggest that they are reliable. However only to a point. Like today when I'm on the 06:59 and the doors work fine at Ripponlea but refuse to open after that. At each station passengers stand there awaiting the door release that never comes. Eventually they wrestle the doors open, and with the springs on those you have to be pretty fit. Release them and they close with a bang, so don't get caught!

Needless to say that Hitachi was (temporarily?) removed from service after we all fought our way out at Flinders Street.

How long before the old blue ones are resurrected?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why open the doors? You are late anyway, so stay on board and enjoy the ride. For those that want to get on board: You are better of to find other means of transport as the train will be late, overcrowded, hot and sweaty and you may not be able to get off by either non working doors or overshooting trains that stop past the platform with brake problems.

01 February, 2007 09:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minister away on holidays during the one of the worst problems of melb train transport in history:,21811,21150865-2862,00.html

Thats gold!

Bracksy and his team of half wits!

01 February, 2007 11:09  
Anonymous lkosky said...

Would the last one please turn off the lights?
And bring me some sun blocker and tim tams please!

01 February, 2007 12:23  
Blogger Interface said...

I remember, with some fondness, the old red rattlers (or should that be rattler's?).

They stopped at platforms, ran pretty much on time, and you could open the windows on hot days.

01 February, 2007 19:05  
Blogger Sharon Carpenter said...

Well my train ran today, but I'm not sure how lucky I really was.

The 5:25pm from FS to Werriby hitachi last night stank to high hell thanks to some f&%#$ muppets who tagged it from top to bottom inside and out with blue graffiti. It was very fresh so someone had to have seen it. I guess Connex are so desperate for trains, that they ran it anyway. Too bad for us who had bad headaches by the time we got to out destinations.

Took a good vid with my phone. Might post it on YouTube.

01 February, 2007 19:55  
Blogger The Met said...

Harris's you speak of... They, well, most have gone to V/Line... (long story short, they're were actually converted to some V/Line carriages)

Wonder if we'll get the Dogboxes/Taits/Rattlers back...

Wouldn't mind so much having natural air-condition, let alone brakes that seem to work.



Mr Whinger - How about some simple mathematics.

?/18th of the doors were'nt working on the train. But there is still is 100% of a service. (or around 80% if you think about it. Was it delayed?? Have a tissue)

Compare, that if there wasn't a Hitachi.

0/0 doors that need to be working and 0% of a service.

And anyway, moreover to my other point, I believe people have legs for a reason. So, in theory people should have the ability to 'walk' to the next door.

Consider yourself lucky, that you get an actual train, instead of another wait of perhaps at least another 15 minutes only to see another, packed - uncomfortable train.

I'd find it rather amusing myself to watch people, as the trains fight back.


But hey, a 30 year old train; still operationally strong. Not too bad.

But note that nothing much prevents doors on trains from not operating properly. Damage is sustained from (usually) from passengers - attempting to catch a train they're clearly going to miss, or those slow enough, to consider getting of the train just as it starts to leave the platform.

The trains are old. You wouldn't expect a 90 year old, to complete a marathon as someone aged 20.

06 February, 2007 21:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Met, you said: "Consider yourself lucky, that you get an actual train..." lucky? its what we pay for (both by tickets & taxes).

Once you finish school and actually get a life (and resposibility) you will realise in the real world you should get what your hard earned dollars pay for!

ps. you are a moron!

07 February, 2007 08:39  
Blogger Connex Whinger said...

Umm Chris, that was EVERY DOOR IN THE TRAIN not opening. Not just not opening, but with a bloody great spring doing its best to hold them closed. Five stations where the young, the fit and the elderly all wrestled to get on and off the train. You think that's fine, so be it.

And don't tell me that I should feel lucky when a bunch of sub-standard trains is deployed because the numbnuts can't manage the new fleet.

07 February, 2007 22:06  

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