Business Trip to Australia - July 1999

A map of the Melbourne transport system will be useful for understanding the following. Also, note that 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 depots at Epping and Bayswater, including time spent fault finding 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 third visit to Melbourne within a year, spare time was concentrated on "finishing off" the extensive tramway system.

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 4th July 1999

Timperley   07:55   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 08:05 09:30 SQ327 Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 Megatop 9V-SMF
Via Amsterdam (AMS)(12:00/13:15)
Singapore Airport (SIN) Terminal 2 07:45     (time 7 hours ahead of UK)

Monday 5th July 1999

Singapore Airport (SIN) Terminal 2   08:11 Skytrain Rubber-tyred peoplemover
SIN Terminal 1 08:12 08:17 Skytrain  
Singapore Airport (SIN) Terminal 2 08:18 09:55 SQ217 Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Jubilee 9V-SYB
Melbourne Airport (MEL) 19:05 19:15   Taxi (time 2 hours ahead of Singapore)
Melbourne Hotel 19:35      
Stayed each night at Duxton Hotel, Flinders Street (opposite Flinders Street railway station)

Tuesday 6th July 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 641M+T+674M+416M+T+415M working at Epping
Epping 08:00[2] 16:32[2] direct EMU 621M+T+622M+339M+T+340M
Flinders St 17:11[14]     arrived 7 minutes late - delayed at Clifton Hill

Wednesday 7th July 1999

Flinders St   07:35[6] CL EMU 502M+T+501M+369M+T+370M working at Clayton
Westall 08:00 16:11 CT EMU 532M+T+531M+354M+T+353M
Flinders St 16:41[6] 18:11[4] BV-BU EMU 669M+T+670M+528M+T+696M
Melbourne Central 18:18[4]      
Elizabeth St/La Trobe St   19:17[5] '57' tram 158
Elizabeth St/Flinders St 19:21[1]      
Flinders St   21:27[3] PV-PU EMU 637M+T+638M special due to engineering works
Flinders St 21:39[3]      
New track today: Parliament - City Circle Loop - Flinders Street

Thursday 8th July 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 655M+T+656M+570M+T+569M working at Epping
Epping 08:00[1]      
Epping depot   14:53[5] special EMU 322M+T+425M
Via depot line 14 - depot southern exit - Clifton Hill centre line (reverse 15:24/15:28) - Epping station[2] (reverse 15:50/15:52)
Epping   16:58[1] - EMU 643M+T+644M+627M+T+658M
Jolimont-MCG 17:45     heavily delayed - massive signalling fault at Flinders St
(Hilton Hotel)   17:58[11] '75' tram 2037
Flinders St/Elizabeth St 18:08      

Friday 9th July 1999

Flinders St   08:37[1] empty
BT
EMU 425M+T+322M+338M+T+484M
riding 322M in service
Blackburn 09:00 09:02 BL EMU 484M+T+338M+322M+T+425M
Flinders St 09:36[3] 09:36[3] direct EMU 425M+T+322M+338M+T+484M
Eltham 10:17[1] 10:23[1] - EMU 425M+T+322M
Hurstbridge 10:38 10:46 HU-PV EMU 322M+T+425M
Flinders St 11:53[1]     working in Melbourne
Flinders St   18:19[14] PV EMU 340M+T+339M+622M+T+621M
Spencer St 18:24[9] 18:42[9] PU-HU EMU ?M+T+344M+425M+T+325M
Hurstbridge 19:44 19:51 direct EMU 680M+T+679M
Flinders St 20:50[1]      

Saturday 10th July 1999

Flinders St/Market St   09:29[1] '55' tram 201
West Cobourg 10:03 10:07 '55' tram 201
Domain Interchange 10:47 10:45 '67' tram 102
Prahran 11:09[38] 11:26 '78' tram 9
North Richmond 12:03 12:05 '109' tram 253
Mont Albert 12:36 12:39 '109' tram 253
Kew Depot 12:59[28] 13:00[29] '48' tram 255
North Balwyn 13:18 13:29 '48' tram 255
Flinders St/Elizabeth St 14:11      
Flinders St   16:09[3] BV-BU EMU 322M+T+425M+?M+T+373M
Blackburn 16:47      
Nunawading   23:43 BT EMU 565M+T+561M
Flinders St 00:17[6]      

Sunday 11th July 1999

Collins St/Spencer St   10:10[1] '11' tram 2126
West Preston 10:48[47] 11:04[47] '11' tram 2126
St Georges Rd/Arthurton St 11:18[29]     walk to
East Brunswick   11:35[27] '96' tram 2038
St Kilda Beach 12:20[138] 12:31[32] '69' tram 110
Kew Cotham Road 13:10[80] 13:18[36] '109' tram 277
Camberwell Terminus 13:21[42] 13:26[69] '72' tram 70
Swanston St/La Trobe St 14:23[8] 14:54 '5' tram 92
Malvern Burke Road 15:33[52]     walk to
Glen Iris   15:48[53] '6' tram 96
Domain Interchange 16:15[20] 16:17[20] '8' tram 37
Malvern Town Hall 16:44[67] 16:44[67] '69' tram 86 changed between trams  at traffic lights
Hawthorn St/Inkermann St 16:52[50]     walk to
Balaclava Junction   17:08[51] '64' tram 115 Balaclava Junction is a "Grand Junction"
East Brighton 17:20[68] 17:31 '64' tram 115
Swanston St/Spencer St 18:12      

Monday 12th July 1999

working in Melbourne
Flinders St   16:56[2] BT EMU 528M+T+696M+322M+T+425M
Richmond 16:59[9] 17:08[7E] '70' tram 232
Spencer St/Bourke St 17:33[121] 17:35 '48' tram 278
Spencer St/Lonsdale St 17:36      
La Trobe St/Spencer St   17:43 '34' tram 192
North Richmond 18:06[21] 18:17[21] '109' tram 299
Collins St/Elizabeth St 18:35[5]      

Tuesday 13th July 1999

Flinders St   07:19 direct EMU 78M+T+98M+130M+T+117M
Epping 08:00     working at Epping and Bayswater
Blackburn   17:52 direct EMU 564M+?
Flinders St 18:19      

Wednesday 14th July 1999

working in Melbourne
Flinders St   11:27[1] direct EMU 538M+T+537M
Epping 12:05[2]     working at Epping
Mitcham   16:29 direct EMU ?
Flinders St 17:23[2]      
Bourke St/Queen St   19:35[4] '96' tram 2117
Bourke St/Spencer St 19:38      
Spencer St/Bourke St   19:51 '48' tram 280
Flinders St/Queen St 19:56      

Thursday 15th July 1999

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 182M+T+150M+222M+T+44M
Epping 08:00[1]     working at Epping
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   17:49 '48' tram 190 to watch Manchester Utd v. Australia soccer match
Jolimont (MCG) 17:58 22:15 special tram 2083
Flinders St/Elizabeth St 22:25      

Friday 16th July 1999

Flinders St   07:36[1] direct EMU 118M+ ? 07:19 was cancelled due to broken window
Epping 08:14     working at Epping
Epping depot   09:32[4] special EMU 415M+T+416M+322M+T+425M
Via depot line 13 - depot southern exit - Clifton Hill centre line - HU - Spencer St (pass 10:13) - PV - Flinders St (pass 10:19)  - Epping depot southern exit - wash road - propel 415M+T+416M into depot line 9 (reverse 10:52/10:57) - wash road (reverse 10:59/11:01)
Epping depot 11:03[4]      
Epping   15:51[2] direct EMU 644M+T+643M+340M+T+339M
Flinders St 16:40[14]      

Saturday 17th July 1999

Flinders St/William St   11:32 '70' tram 233
Flinders St/Spencer St 11:33[123 11:35 '75' tram 2011
Spencer St/Bourke St 11:37      
Spencer St   11:46[13] TS EMU 338M+T+?
Flinders St 11:51[10]      
St Kilda Rd   13:16[13] '5' tram 110
Swanston St/Bourke St 13:19      
Collins St/Swanston St   13:23[6] '12' tram 2073
St Kilda Fitzroy St 13:53[143] 14:00[134] '96' tram 2020
St Kilda Station 14:01[132]      
St Kilda   14:16[135] '3' tram 78
St Kilda Junction 14:23[30] 14:28[30] '3' tram 78
East Malvern Terminus 15:00[64] 15:10 '3' tram 78
Balaclava 15:29[37] 15:43[37] '79' tram 30 via north-to-west curve
St Kilda Beach 15:50 15:57[138] '96' tram 2020
St Kilda Fitzroy St 16:01[194] 16:10[143] '12' tram 2075
Spencer St/Collins St 16:33[122]      
Spencer St   17:30[9] PU-HU EMU ?M+T+53?M+425M+T+322M
Jolimont-MCG 17:36 17:39 direct EMU 340M+T+349M+420M+T+419M
Flinders St 17:42[1]      

Sunday 18th July 1999

Bourke St/Elizabeth St   10:20[5] '86' tram 2109
Preston Bell St 10:57[45] 11:01 '11' tram 2095 from outside East Preston depot; via Miller St and east-to-south curve
Collins St/Elizabeth St 11:33[5]      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   12:54[4] '28' tram 2026
Richmond Burnley St 13:12[21] 13:20[21] '75' tram 2129
Hartwell 13:39[51] 13:59 - EMU 680M+T+679M
Alamein 14:06      
walk via closed railway line
East Malvern   14:41 BL EMU 581M+T+584M+658M+T+?M
Flinders St 15:04[3] 15:38 PV-HU EMU 645M+T+646M+595M+T+596M
Epping 16:26[2] 16:31[2] - EMU 596M+T+595M+646M+T+645M
Preston 16:46 17:06 direct EMU 461M+T+462M+463M+T+361M
Flinders St 17:31[2]      

Monday 19th July 1999

working in Melbourne
Flinders St   17:53[2] BV-BT EMU 625M+T+626M+660M+T+659M
Blackburn 18:26 22:16 BT EMU 692M+T+?M
Flinders St 22:46[2]      

Tuesday 20th July 1999

working in Melbourne
(North Melbourne)   16:18 '57' tram 116
Elizabeth St/Flinders St 16:38      
Flinders St/Queen St   18:46 '70' tram 2061
Flinders St/Spencer St 18:49      
Convention Centre   18:55 '96' tram 2060
St Kilda 19:10[136]      

Wednesday 21th July 1999

working in Melbourne
Queen St   13:45   Taxi
Melbourne Airport (MEL) 14:25 16:05 SQ228 Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 Megatop 9V-SMS
Singapore Airport (SIN) Terminal 2 21:45 23:25 SQ328 (time 2 hours behind Victoria)
Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 Megatop 9V-SMS (!)
Via Amsterdam (AMS)(07:05/08:23)
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 08:25     (time 7 hours behind Singapore)

Thursday 22nd July 1999

Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2   08:43   Taxi
Timperley 08:57      

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