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by John
Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Monitoring of Melbourne route bus driver performance
Replies: 22
Views: 2539

Re: Monitoring of Melbourne route bus driver performance

The fixed rosters are a good way to build that relationship and, in doing so, some drivers develop empathy for passengers and vice versa. I would expect it also may have benefits for developing intelligence around problem areas and individual services which might need more attention from AOs. All o...
by John
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: 2014 State Election Transport Promises
Replies: 86
Views: 15120

Re: 2014 State Election Transport Promises

krustyklo wrote:
bought new trams
I thought the E Class were ordered by the Brumby Government. IIRC, ordered September 2010.

Deliveries to date have been occurred under the Napthine Government, which could be spun in some creative way.
by John
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014
Replies: 283
Views: 40076

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014

Agreed totally Leyland B21 and Krustyklo.The strong visual and anecdotal evidence does suggest Transdev Melbourne underbid quite seriously to obtain the contract.Will be very interesting indeed to see how they manage ,or otherwise, the remaining years of the contract. Whoever wins the following con...
by John
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Route 96 Tram Project
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

Re: Route 96 Tram Project

No surprises. The Government will happily sign a contract for East West Link despite very public protests and court cases against it. Yet, when it comes to doing something good for a tram system that is experiencing record patronage but increasingly slower journey times, it is "put on hold" until fu...
by John
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Thoughts on the New Tram changes?
Replies: 44
Views: 6928

Re: Thoughts on the New Tram changes?

Is the plan for East Preston to only run the 86 and the new Preston Depot to only run the 11? If this is so would there be issues with driver fatigue running up and down the same track all day similar to the reason why Metro drivers can only do one return trip on each line in a day. I believe the p...
by John
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Thoughts on the New Tram changes?
Replies: 44
Views: 6928

Re: Thoughts on the New Tram changes?

I think the changes are good and over one month on, appear to be working as intended. I did notice on the weekend at the Victoria Gardens tram stop someone has written on the platform in chalk that Napthine has let people down regarding the abolition of route 24 and that it was unfair for Ikea to ge...
by John
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014
Replies: 134
Views: 9562

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014

Why are they splitting? One of the reasons is probably the differences in patronage on the two halves, with the north half being much busier, and during certain times of day experiences overcrowding, despite being 3-4 minutes in peak. Splitting it means can use the B class trams just on route 11. W...
by John
Thu May 01, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: A Wednesday in the outer suburbs
Replies: 8
Views: 2811

Re: A Wednesday in the outer suburbs

Great photos as always Craig.

I saw one of those ex National Mercs out and about back in March when there was an issue on the Glen Waverley line. I am surprised they still carry National Bus signage, but then do Ventura still 'own' the brand?
by John
Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014
Replies: 134
Views: 9562

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014

mattylovesB1.2001 wrote:Some very unusual things happened today:
- B2.2004 and B2.2041 were both sighted on route 48a services
- route 70a was operated by Ws this morning
This may have been due to the ANZAC Day parade which saw numerous service changes in place from 7:00am to 1:00pm on 25/4.
by John
Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014
Replies: 134
Views: 9562

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014



The above clip is of a Comeng fitted with chopper control.
by John
Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014
Replies: 134
Views: 9562

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2014

I would not expect much to change until the next roster change which is scheduled for the middle of the year. It is then that trams are likely to move around in line to meet the operational requirements of the new roster. One of the key changes I have seen discussed in other circles is the return of...
by John
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news January - June 2014
Replies: 407
Views: 37979

Re: Transdev Melbourne news January - June 2014

Maybe MAN engines generate more heat than others and the engine bays are too small and are badly ventilated, or the radiators may be too small. I have been told in the past that the CB30 MANs, namely the earlier yellow ones delivered under National Express, have small radiators which tends to cause...
by John
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Melbournes New Genrations Of Trams
Replies: 7
Views: 2314

Re: Melbournes New Genrations Of Trams

I also spotted both 6001 and 6002 in Flinders Street yesterday. They soon disappeared off in to the distance, but I did read a sighting on another site putting them at Vermont South sometime in the afternoon.
by John
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

I was following a Scania tonight, the number escaped me, but it was showing "279 Centro Box Hill" complete with a Centro logo. Is this a Transdev thing? Not sure whether it is a Transdev thing, but doesn't seem terribly appropriate to me. I suspect I was following the same bus last week down in Por...
by John
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

I was following a Scania tonight, the number escaped me, but it was showing "279 Centro Box Hill" complete with a Centro logo.

Is this a Transdev thing?
by John
Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

Unknown Designline "bubble" seen on route 280 (Manningham Mover) this afternoon turning out of Daly Street on to Wetherby Road in Doncaster.

I cannot recall seeing a maxi bus on the Manningham Mover before.
by John
Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

Noticed today that High floor Scanias are still doing some 270/271 trips (339,340) do these buses now belong to Transdev or are they just there temporarily in the change over period? , the reason I ask as they were not part of the fleet in the tender documents. One of them is still on the 271. Just...
by John
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

I am really surprised that a process has not been set up to promptly remove Ventura logos at a minimum and fit Transdev decals. For those who can remember back to April 2004, Yarra Trams (then a partnership between Transdev and Transfield) organised for all M>Tram and Met Tram logos to at least be c...
by John
Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: The Motoring Thread- for the motoring enthusiasts here
Replies: 596
Views: 153329

Re: The Motoring Thread- for the motoring enthusiasts here

Opel are pulling out of Australia after less than a year. http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/opel-abandons-australian-arm-after-less-than-a-year-after-poor-sales/story-fnda1bsz-1226690333291 The Opel dealer in Nunawading (Eastside Opel) has just recently completed building it's showroom!!!! ...
by John
Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013
Replies: 472
Views: 43203

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2013

Saw a convoy of Smart Buses on the Eastern Freeway this morning around 11:00am lead by the Designline Scania based at Lilydale. I assume the Scania was the transport back to wherever the buses originated from. All of the Smart Buses buses had their Ventura logos removed and the destinations were sho...
by John
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Route 96 Tram Project
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

Re: Route 96 Tram Project

I am pleased that the project plans to address the issues with the current terminii at both ends of the line as well as the hold up of passenger services caused by the loading and unloading of Restaurant trams. I have seen this take up to 10 minutes when all three trams are running and you have patr...
by John
Fri May 24, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Ford to cease production in Australia
Replies: 57
Views: 2311

Re: Ford to cease production in Australia

I've heard that Ford may apply the Falcon name to the Taurus. I hope they do this-it will never sell, people will see through the ruse and they'll be worse off than if they kept the plant open. Likewise I hope they try and redefine themselves as a seller of "premium" Eurotrash-People who want that ...
by John
Thu May 23, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Ford to cease production in Australia
Replies: 57
Views: 2311

Re: Ford to cease production in Australia

The writing has been on the wall for sometime and today's announcement was inevitable in my opinion. I am surprised they made an announcement so early as Mitsubishi announced their closure about two months out from the actual closure date. What will be interesting now is to see whether they last unt...
by John
Tue May 21, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: SCOOP - DRIVER GROUP SELLS ROUTE SERVICE
Replies: 35
Views: 4703

Re: SCOOP - DRIVER GROUP SELLS ROUTE SERVICE

Wonder if we will see the 'backlog of takeovers' now be cleared. How many more smaller operators are going to be purchased by the big boys in the weeks or month ahead. So, I know Drivers where against the 'standard PTV livery (Years ago when it was whatever else)' on their buses. Wonder if that did...

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