Business Trip to Australia - January-February 1999

(via Hong Kong)

A map of the Melbourne transport system will be useful for understanding the following.

Business requirements often meant travelling around by car. My local colleague's home is near Blackburn and Nunawading stations, and ALSTOM offices are located at Clayton near Westall station and in Melbourne city centre. Visits were made to the depot at Epping and the workshops at Newport, including time spent on commissioning runs on vehicles such as 322M which has a new prototype traction system fitted. "New track today" is always "none" unless stated.

On this, the author's second visit to Melbourne, spare weekends were spent travelling on the sparsely served broad gauge "main line" branches. A full day was spent in Hong Kong on the outward journey finishing off train and tram routes not previously visited.

Special Notes:

Unless otherwise stated, all EMUs are operated by Hillside or Bayside Trains, subsidiaries of Melbourne Passenger Transport Corporation (PTC) and to be privatised in August 1999. Other services are operated as marked.

Platform numbers or tram stop numbers are added to times in [brackets].

Melbourne Area routing codes are listed separately.

Place Arrive Depart Train/Routing Traction details & notes

Sunday 17th January 1999

Timperley   08:00   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 08:12 10:00 CX260 Cathay Pacific 747-400 B-HHY
Via Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) (12:25/13:35)
Hong Kong (HKG)
[Chep Lap Kok]
08:00     (time 8 hours ahead of UK)

Monday 18th January 1999

Satellite   07:59 People-mover Rubber-tyred
Main Terminal 08:00      
Airport   09:00   MTRC Airport Express Line EMU
Kowloon 09:22 09:32 'K1' free bus
Hung Hom 09:50 10:06   KCRC Lo Wu Line EMU
Kowloon Tong 10:13 10:37   KCRC Lo Wu Line EMU
Lo Wu 11:08 11:20   KCRC Lo Wu Line EMU
Tai Po Market 11:35      
Walk to KCRC museum in old Tai Po Market station building - about 10 minutes
Tai Po Market   13:00   KCRC Lo Wu Line EMU
Kowloon Tong 13:19 13:27   MTRC Kwun Tong Line EMU
Prince Edward 13:31 13:32   MTRC Tsuen Wan Line EMU
Tsuen Wan 13:48 14:00   MTRC Tsuen Wan Line EMU
Lai King 14:18 14:24   MTRC Tung Chung Line EMU
Tung Chung 14:36 15:06   MTRC Tung Chung Line EMU
Hong Kong 15:30      
Central Pier   15:53   Star Ferry “Northern Star” in first class
Kowloon Pier 16:01 16:35   Star Ferry “Golden Star” in standard class
Central Pier 16:43      
Legislative Building   16:53   HKTL tram 7
just beyond Happy Valley triangle 17:13 17:20   HKTL tram 63
other side of Happy Valley triangle 17:25 17:31   HKTL tram ?
Happy Valley 17:35 17:39   HKTL tram 124
North Point 18:30 18:35   MTRC Island Line EMU
Central 18:47 18:58   MTRC Tung Chung Line EMU
Kowloon 19:01 19:15   MTRC Airport Express Line EMU
Airport 19:34      
Main Terminal   22:11 People-mover Rubber-tyred
Hong Kong (HKG) 22:12 22:50 CX105 Cathay Pacific A340
Melbourne (MEL) 10:50     (time 3 hours ahead of Hong Kong)
New track for the day: Fo Tan - Lo Wu, Prince Edward - Tsuen Wan, Lai King - Tung Chung, 

Tuesday 19th January 1999

        work at Epping depot
Flinders St   18:00[1] PV-HU EMU 631M+T+632M+640M+T+639M
Eltham 18:53 18:53 direct ?M+T+?M+?M+T+?M
Flinders St 19:38[1]      
Stayed each night at Duxton Hotel, Flinders Street (opposite Flinders Street railway station)

Wednesday 20th January 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU ?M+T+150M+228M+T+17M working at Epping
Epping 08:02[1]      
Epping depot   11:56[24] special EMU 425M+T+322M+488M+T+694M
Ferry trip to Newport: 322M+425M for test train running, 488M for tyre turning there; via Epping station platform 1 (reverse 12:00/12:02) - Flinders St (track 1A 12:36) - Spencer St (track 8A) - Newport Workshops No.5 siding (13:03) , then shunt with 322M+T+425M alone
Newport Workshops 13:09[1]     by car to ALSTOM office at Clayton, then to colleague’s house
Nunawading   22:15 direct EMU 422M+T+?M
Flinders St 22:50[2]      

Thursday 21st January 1999

Flinders St   08:12[5] direct EMU 367M+T+368M+336M+T+335M
Newport 08:33      
Newport Workshops   09:48[1] special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: Newport (reverse) - Werribee (reverse 10:40/10:47) - Newport - into turnback siding (reverse) - Workshops (reverse 11:25/13:12) - Newport (reverse) - Werribee (reverse 14:05/14:13) - Newport (reverse)
Newport Workshops [Loop] 14:40     by car to Hotel
Elizabeth St/Flinders St   17:39 '57' tram 228
West Maribyrnong 18:21 18:26 '57' tram 229
Maribyrnong 18:29[45] 18:31[45] '82' tram 148
Footscray 18:48[1] 18:51 direct EMU 221M+T+166M+22M+T+46M
Flinders St 19:03[5]      

Friday 22nd January 1999

        by car from Hotel to Newport
Newport Workshops [Loop]   06:31 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: via TS - Spencer St (06:57) - CL - Pakenham Yard (08:14/08:28) - Bunyip (reverse 08:56/08:58) - Pakenham Yard (reverse 09:25/09:38) - Bunyip (reverse 09:58/10:00) - Pakenham Yard (reverse 10:25/10:57) - Bunyip (reverse 11:20/11:23) - Pakenham - CT - Flinders St (track 9A) - TS - Spencer St (12:56) - TS
Newport Workshops [Loop] 13:18     by car to Hotel
Flinders St/Queen St   14:56[3] '00' tram 856
Spencer St/Bourke St 15:05      
Spencer St   15:21[11 NV EMU 417M+T+418M+503M+T+504M
Flinders St 15:24[5] 16:06[1] PU-HU EMU 598M+T+597M+618M+T+617M
Eltham 16:57 17:56 direct EMU ?M+T+103M+134M+T+7M
Flinders St 18:39[2]      

Saturday 23rd January 1999

Spencer St   08:40[13 TS-CL V/Line DL N471+4C
Sale 11:20 14:00 CL-TS V/Line DL N471+4C
Spencer St 16:38[14      
Spencer St/Collins St   16:44 ‘00’ tram 925
Flinders St/Queen St 16:50      
New track for the day: Bunyip - Sale

Sunday 24th January 1999

Flinders St   08:46[1] PV EMU 665M+T+666M
Spencer St 08:49[9] 09:40[3]   V/Line DL N468+4C
Bendigo 11:45      
Central Deborah Mine   12:30   tram 275 (ex-Melbourne type W2)
via Museum visit (reverse 12:47/13:00) - Emu Point (reverse 13:07/13:09) - depot avoiding line
Central Deborah Mine 13:24      
Bendigo   14:30   V/Line DR 7003
Echuca 15:45 17:20   V/Line DR 7003
Bendigo 18:35 18:50   V/Line DL N462+4C
Spencer St 20:47[2]      
Spencer St/Bourke St   21:09 ‘48’ tram 246
Flinders St/Queen St 21:15      
New track for the day: St Albans - Bendigo - Echuca

Monday 25th January 1999

by car to and from Newport Workshops
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   18:24 ‘59’ tram 2092
Airport West 19:09 19:12 ‘59’ tram 2092
Moonee Ponds 19:28 19:30 ‘82’ tram 152
Mooney Valley 19:36[41]      
Murtle St   19:44 ‘57’ tram 168
Newmarket Station 19:57      
Newmarket   20:23 NV EMU 585M+T+586M+482M+T+481M
Flinders St 20:35[7]      

Tuesday 26th January 1999 (Australia Day holiday)

Flinders St   10:15[9] SP - BS EMU 564M+T+563M+658M+T+657M
Showgrounds 10:27 10:36 BS - SP same set
Flinders St 10:48[9] 10:59[3] BV EMU 363M+T+364M
Spencer St 11:01[11] 11:19[12] CV EMU 412M+T+411M+394M+T+393M
Flinders St 11:21[6] 12:07[5] NL EMU 487M+T+427M
North Melbourne 12:17[2] 12:22[5] TS EMU 613M+T+614M+588M+T+587M
Flinders St 12:30[9]      
Flinders St/Swanston St   13:11 ‘00’ tram 728
departed westbound from eastbound stop, then over crossover (parade affecting operations)
Spencer St/Bourke St 13:20      
Spencer St   13:25[12] CV EMU 398M+T+397M
Flinders St 13:30[8] 15:49 BV-BT EMU 468M+467M+647M+590M
Nunawading 16:30 21:15 direct EMU 492M+T+491M+339M+T+340M
Flinders St 21:49[2]      
New track for the day: Newmarket - Showgrounds

Wednesday 27th January 1999

        by car from Hotel to Newport
Newport Workshops [Loop]   06:30 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: via TS - Spencer St (06:56) - CL - Pakenham Yard (08:14/??:??) - Bunyip (reverse ) - Pakenham Yard (reverse 09:25/09:37) - Bunyip (reverse 10:12/10:15) - Pakenham Yard (10:46/??:??) - CL - Spencer St (12:24) - TS
Newport Workshops [Loop] 12:43      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   16:10 ‘00’ tram 1000
Spencer St/Bourke St 16:18 16:20 ‘86’ tram 2041
Bundoora RMIT 17:40 17:43 ‘86’ tram 2041
Northcote 18:11[42]      
Miller St   18:24 ‘11' tram 133
West Preston 18:31[47] 18:33[47] ‘00’ tram 133 (via north curve near Preston works)
Preston 18:44[45]      
Bell   19:10 direct EMU 42M+T+110M+149M+T+100M
Flinders St 19:33      
Swanston St/La Trobe St   21:29 ‘08’ tram 132
Swanston St/Flinders St 21:33      

Thursday 28th January 1999

Flinders St   09:12[6] CL EMU 485M+T+486M+519M+T+520M
Westall 09:44     by car to ALSTOM office in Clayton
Laburnum   17:32   EMU 696M+T+528M+648M+T+627M
Box Hill 17:39[2] 17:48[3] BL 4DD EMU 6002T+5002M+5000M+6000T
Flinders St 18:18[2]      

Friday 29th January 1999

        by taxi to Newport
Newport Workshops [Loop]   06:35 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: via TS - Spencer St (06:58) - CL - Pakenham platform - Bunyip (reverse 08:50/08:55) - Pakenham Yard (reverse 09:18/10:05) - Bunyip (reverse 10:31/10:34) - Pakenham Yard (11:00/11:55)
Westall 11:38     Test train continued to Newport. By car to Clayton
Westall   14:32 CL EMU 345M+T+346M+544M+T+543M
Flinders St 15:04[7]      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   17:21 ‘19’ tram 2062
North Coburg 18:02 18:10 ‘19’ tram 2062
Moreland 18:16[28]      
Moreland depot   1834[133] ‘01’ tram 141 on route ‘22’
East Brunswick 1835[129] 18:49 ‘01’ tram 211
Swanston St/Lonsdale St 19:27      

Saturday 30th January 1999

Flinders St/Elizabeth St   08:26 ‘48’ tram 300
Spencer St/Bourke St 08:31      
Spencer St   09:10[4] ES DL N468+3C (operated by Hoys)
Shepparton 11:25 15:25 ES DL N468+3C (operated by Hoys)
Spencer St 17:45[8] 17:56[12] CV EMU 353M+T+354M
Flinders St 17:59[6] 18:26[2] BV EMU 491M+T+492M
Spencer St 18:29[10] 18:46[11] NV-NU EMU 545M+T+546M
North Melbourne 19:00[4] 19:03[3] NV EMU 547M+T+548M
Flinders St 19:28[5] 19:37[5] NU EMU 547M+T+548M
North Melbourne 19:28[3] 19:37[1] ES EMU 552M+T+551M
Spencer St 19:40[11] 19:46[11] NV EMU 441M+T+442M
Flinders St 19:51[6]      
New track for the day: Seymour - Shepparton

Sunday 31st January 1999

Flinders St   08:59[3] BV EMU 594M+T+593M
Spencer St 09:03[10] 09:40[3]   V/Line DL N451+4C
retimed to 09:50 to allow for path through eng wks beyond Gisbourne (6 late, dep 36 late, opposite train very late)
Bendigo 11:45     arr 30 late
    12:15   Sunlink bus registration NNV 001 (for V/Line) dep 15 late
Swan Hill station 14:32     arr 10 late
Swan Hill   16:40   V/Line DL N456+4C
Spencer St 20:47[2] 21:04[13] TS EMU 344M+T+390M
Flinders St 21:07[5]      
New track for the day: Bendigo - Swan Hill

Monday 1st February 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 35M+T+170M+172M+T+135M
Epping 08:02[2]     work at Epping depot on 697M
Epping   17:18[2] direct EMU 668M+T+667M+657M+T+658M
(due to earlier fatality at Reservoir) reversed at Lalor (17:20/17:28) - Epping[1] (reverse 17:30/17:41)
Flinders St 18:26[2] 18:43[5] NU EMU ?M+T+62M+213M+T+217M
North Melbourne 18:53[4] 18:57[3] MS-TS EMU 332M+T+399M+530M+T+552M
Spencer St 19:00[13] 19:09[10] CU EMU 564M+T+563M
Flagstaff 19:11[4] 19:17[3] NU EMU 1M+T+232M+127M+T+202M
North Melbourne 19:20[2] 19:28[5] TS EMU 57M+T+184M+149M+T+?M
Flinders St 19:35[7]      

Tuesday 2nd February 1999

        working in Melbourne, then at Epping depot
Epping depot   16:16[8] shunt EMU 529M+T+697M
Epping depot 16:18[11 16:22[13] shunt EMU 694M+T+488M
Epping depot 16:24[8]      
Epping   17:15[2] direct EMU 468M+T+467M+650M+T+649M
Flinders St 17:55[1] 18:35[4] direct EMU 624M+T+623M
Richmond 18:39[10] 18:49[5] direct EMU 26M+T+227M+164M+T+156M
Flinders St 18:53[4] 18:55[4] NU (reversed) same set
North Melbourne 19:03[2] 19:06[3] NV EMU 337M+T+438M+450M+T+449M
Flinders St 19:11[6]      

Wednesday 3rd February 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 681M+T+582M+326M+T+325M
Epping 08:02[1]     work at Epping depot on 695M
Epping depot   10:31[8] testing EMU 695M+T+529M
via 16 road - Keon Park (reverse 10:36/10:40) - washer road
Epping depot 10:52[8]      
Nunawading   22:15 direct EMU 583M+T+?M
Flinders St 22:49[4]      

Thursday 4th February 1999

        by car to Newport
Newport Workshops sdg 5   06:32 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: via TS - Spencer St (06:54) - CL - Pakenham yard (08:15/08:58) - Bunyip (reverse 09:26/09:28) - Pakenham Yard (reverse 09:51/09:57) - Bunyip (reverse 10:21/10:23) - Pakenham Yard (10:51/11:40) - Caulfield - CL - Flinders St[12 then 9A] (12:18) - TS
Newport Workshops [loop] 12:42     by car to Melbourne
Flinders St/Swanston St   17:21 '22' tram 143
Moreland 18:00 18:15 direct EMU 466M+T+465M
Spencer St 18:31[11]      
Spencer St/Bourke St   18:46 '00' tram 1020
Flinders St/Queen St 18:51      
Flinders St   20:35[3] BV EMU 361M+T+362M
Spencer St 20:39[10]      
La Trobe St/Spencer St   21:30 '08' tram 204
La Trobe St/Swanston St 21:34      

Friday 5th February 1999

Flinders St   07:35[6] CL EMU 522M+T+521M+417M+T+418M
Westall 08:00      
Glen Waverley   14:41 BL EMU 585M+T+586M+524M+T+523M
Flinders St 15:15[2]      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   15:37 '00' tram 1020
Spencer St/Bourke St 15:41      
Spencer St   16:08[5] MS V/Line DR 7009+7010
Ballarat 17:33 19:15 MS V/Line DR 7020+7003+7010+7009
Spencer St 20:41[6]      
Spencer St/Bourke St   21:02 '48' tram 288
Flinders St/Queen St 21:07      
New track for the day: Sunshine - Ballarat

Saturday 5th February 1999

Flinders St 06:24 CL EMU 427M+T+428M. Via Caulfield [2] CT
Westall 06:56 07:04 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Test train run: - Pakenham yard (07:46/08:02) - shunt - Pakenham - Bunyip (reverse 08:48/08:50) - Pakenham yard (reverse 09:20/09:45) - Bunyip (reverse 10:10/10:12) - Oakleigh (10:57) - Caulfield [1] - CT
Flinders St 11:14[10] 11:49[3] BT EMU 476M+T+475M
Lilydale12:5413:40'685' bus PCI 047
Healesville Sanctuary14:2517:05'685' bus PCI 047
Lilydale17:5017:58BT EMU 659M+T+660M
Flinders St18:56[3]  

Sunday 6th February 1999

        by car to Newport
Newport Workshops [Loop]   08:30 special EMU 425M+T+322M
Final pre-approval test train around the steepest parts of the system: via TS - Spencer St [10] (08:47) - NV - Flinders St [2] (08:49) -  BT - Richmond Junction - BL - Burnley (08:56) - C - Box Hill [3] (09:09) - Ringwood [2] (09:26) - Bayswater (09:32) - Belgrave (reverse 09:44/09:46) - Upper Ferntree Gully (reverse 09:56/09:59) - Belgrave (reverse 10:10/10:12) - photograph available - Upper Ferntree Gully (reverse 10:16/10:23) - Upwey (10:27/10:34) Belgrave (reverse 10:39/10:40) [by now running 90 minutes early] - Upper Ferntree Gully (10:49) - Ringwood (11:01) - Blackburn - U - Camberwell (11:24) - U - Burnley [Up BT] - onto Up BL (reverse 11:32/11:34) - Down BT (reverse) - Burnley [Down BT] (reverse) - Kooyong (11:41) - Glen Waverley [1] (reverse 11:57/12:01) - Darling (12:16) - Burnley [BL] (12:30) - BT - Richmond (12:32) - Flinders St [1] (12:38) - CV - Spencer St [10] - South Kensington (12:46) - Newport Workshops (13:00) - shunt
Newport Workshops [1] 13:05     by car to Melbourne
Flinders St   16:17[9] TS - BS EMU 694M+T+488M
Flemington Racecourse 16:30 16:40 BS - TS EMU 488M + T + 694M
Flinders St 16:57[9] 17:15[5] NU EMU 369M+T+370M
Royal Park 17:30     walk via closed line to Rushall and Fitzroy
Brunswick St/ Alexandra Parade   18:59[18] '11' tram
Collins St/Elizabeth St 19:16      
New track for the day: Showgrounds - Flemington Racecourse

Monday 8th February 1999

Working in Melbourne then to colleague's house
Nunawading   22:15 - EMU 611M+T+612M
Flinders St 22:48[2]      

Tuesday 9th February 1999

Flinders St   07:35[6] - EMU 317M+T+318M+487M+T+427M
Westall 08:00     Working at Clayton, then visit to Preston tram works
Thornbury   15:08   EMU 77M+T+96M+171M+T+6M
Flinders St 15:36[1]      

Wednesday 10th February 1999

Working in Melbourne then Clayton
Glen Waverley   16:26 BL EMU 125M+T+43M+158M+T+70M
Flinders St 17:05[3]      

Thursday 11th February 1999

Working in Melbourne then Epping then lift to Airport
Melbourne Airport (MEL)   13:40 CX104 Cathay Pacific Airbus A340 B-HXD
Hong Kong (HKG)
[Chep Lap Kok]
19:40     (time 3 hours behind Victoria)

Friday 12th February 1999

Hong Kong (HKG)
[Chep Lap Kok]
  00:40 CX271 Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400
Via Amsterdam (AMS) (06:20/09:34) fault detected in Inertial Navigation System before departure
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 09:30     (time 8 hours behind Hong Kong)
    09:50   Taxi
Timperley 10:03      

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