Business Trip to Australia - November 1998

(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 first visit to Melbourne, spare time was spent travelling on the suburban network and also some of the "main line" network. A full day was spent in Hong Kong on the outward journey.

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

Monday 9th November 1998

Timperley   07:48 Taxi  
Manchester Airport T2 08:05      
Manchester (MAN)   10:00 CX270 Cathay Pacific 747-400 B-HOP
        time change: +1 hour
Amsterdam (AMS) 12:20 13:30   time change: +7 hours
Hong Kong (HKG) (Chep Lap Kok) 08:00      

Tuesday 10th November 1998

Satellite   07:43 People-mover rubber-tyred
Main Terminal 07:44      
Airport   08:41   EMU MTRC Airport Express Line train
Kowloon 08:59 09:26   EMU MTRC Tung Chung Line train
Hong Kong 09:31 09:47   EMU MTRC Tung Chung Line train
Kowloon 09:50 10:00   Transit bus tour (free)
via Wong Tai Sin temple, Kowloon Walled City Park
New World Centre 11:00      
walk to site of former terminus of Kowloon Canton Railway near ferry terminal - clock tower is all that remains
Hung Hom   11:54   EMU KCRC Lo Wu Line train
Fo Tan 12:08 12:18   EMU KCRC Lo Wu Line train
Kowloon Tong 12:28 12:37   EMU MTRC Kwun Tong Line train (photo available)
Kowloon Bay 12:47 12:50   EMU MTRC Kwun Tong Line train
Quarry Bay 13:00 13:26   HKTL tram 32
Shau Kei Wan 13:41 14:20   HKTL tram 37
Happy Valley 15:12 15:14   HKTL tram 37
City Hall 15:41      
Garden Road   16:02   Peak Tram funicular (altitude 25m)
Peak Tower 16:07 16:30   Peak Tram funicular (altitude 398m)
Garden Road 16:37      
City Hall   16:52   HKTL tram 104
Kennedy Town 17:24 17:30   HKTL tram 104
Western Market 17:49      
Sheung Wan   17:56   EMU MTRC Island Line train
Chai Wan 18:20 18:25   EMU MTRC Island Line train
Quarry Bay 18:34 19:02   EMU MTRC Kwun Tong Line train
Yau Ma Tei 19:04 19:13   EMU MTRC Tsuen Wan Line train
Central 19:04      
Hong Kong   19:30   EMU MTRC Tung Chung Line train
Tsing Yi 19:40 19:53   EMU MTRC Airport Express Line train
Airport 20:05      
Hong Kong (HKG)   22:50 CX105 Cathay Pacific B-HUA 747-400
Adelaide 09:20     through working HKG - MEL
New track for the day: Airport - Kowloon - Hong Kong/Central, Hung Hom - Fo Tan, Yau Ma Tei - Quarry Bay, Yau Ma Tei - Central, Sheung Wan - Chai Wan

Wednesday 11th November 1998

Adelaide   10:40 CX104 time: +2.5 hours
Melbourne (MEL) 12:25     time: +0.5 hour
Flinders St   18:10[9] TS EMU 311M+?T+400M
Williamstown 18:37 18:46 TS EMU 400M+?T+311M
Flinders St 19:12[7]      
New track for the day: Flinders St - Williamstown

Thursday 12th November 1998

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU  611M+?T+662M+310M+?T+302M
Epping 08:02     work at Epping depot on 322M
    17:13 PU - PV EMU ?M+?T+150M+58M+?T+?M
Flinders St 18:03 [1]      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   20:40 ‘00’ City Circle tram 1020 (anti-clockwise)
Spencer St/Collins St 21:13[121]      
Spencer St   21:31[11] NV - NU EMU 540M+?T+?M
Melbourne Central 21:41[3]      
Elizabeth St/La Trobe St   21:49 ‘19’ tram 2118
Elizabeth St/Flinders St 21:54      
New track for the day: Flinders St - Epping, Jolimont - Melbourne Central - Spencer St

Friday 13th November 1998

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 653M+?T+654M+413M+?T+414M
Epping 08:02     work at Epping depot on 322M
Epping Depot sidings   12:55[9] special EMU 425M+?T+322M
Epping Depot sidings 12:57[12]      
322M etc. was supposed to go to Newport workshops today but there was no driver, so it went Saturday.
by car to ALSTOM office at Clayton, then colleague’s house at Blackburn
Nunawading   21:45 direct EMU 325M+?T+?M
Flinders St 22:17      
New track for the day: Nunawading - Flinders St

Saturday 14th November 1998

by car to photograph 3 x R-class SL on special at Footscray and Westall
Westall   09:56   EMU 512M+?T+511M+502M+?T+501M
Cranbourne 10:22 10:38   EMU same set
Dandenong 10:50 11:00   EMU 532M+?T+531M+545M+?T+546M
Caulfield 11:37 11:49   EMU 73M+?T+14M+206M+?T+120M
Frankston 12:34 13:00   V/Line DL A70+3 coaches
Stony Point 13:40 14:00   V/Line DL A70+3 coaches
Frankston 14:40 14:49 CL - CU - CV EMU 104M+?T+?M+?M+?T+?M
Flinders St 15:57[7] 16:52[8] S EMU 611M+?T+662M
Sandringham 17:21 17:34   EMU same set
Elsternwick 17:46      
Elsternwick Station [44]   17:50 ‘67’ tram 44
Carnegie [68] 18:02 18:02 ‘67’ tram 44
Glenhuntly [61] 18:06 18:24 ‘67’ tram 43
Lonsdale St [9] 19:05      
Melbourne Central   19:37 [3] NU - TS EMU 368M+?T+367M
Footscray 19:48 20:03 TS - NV EMU 324M+?T+342M
Flinders St 20:13 [5]      
New track for the day: Richmond - Dandenong - Cranbourne, Caulfield - Frankston - Stony Point, Richmond - Parliament, Flinders St - Sandringham, Flagstaff - North Melbourne

Sunday 15th November 1998

Flinders St   07:34 BV - BU - BL EMU 670M+?T+669M (via loop)
Lilydale 08:40 08:55   EMU same set
Ringwood 09:11 09:27   EMU same set
Belgrave 09:51 10:30   PBR SL 7A+8 coaches (760mm gauge)
Gembrook 12:15 13:15   PBR SL 7A+8 coaches
Belgrave 15:05 15:23   EMU 651M+?T+652M
Camberwell 16:12 16:34   EMU 625M+?T+626M
Alamein 16:45 16:49   EMU same set
Camberwell 17:00 17:12   EMU 658M+?T+657M
Burnley 17:20 17:24 BL EMU 638M+?T+637M
Richmond 17:29 17:40   EMU 657M+?T+658M
Glen Waverley 18:12 18:28 BL EMU same set
Flinders St 19:02[3] 19:09[5] NU - NV - MS EMU 318M+?T+317M
St Albans 19:38 19:59 MS - NV EMU same set
Flinders St 20:27[8]      
New track for the day: Nunawading - Ringwood - Lilydale, Ringwood - Belgrave - Gembrook, Camberwell - Alamein, Burnley - Glen Waverley

Monday 16th November 1998

Newport workshops No.1 siding   06:00 special EMU 322M+?T+425M
No.3 siding 06:10      
by car to ALSTOM office at Clayton
East Burwood   15:50[70] ‘75’ tram 2011
Flinders St/Swanston St 17:00      
Flinders St   17:19[5] NU - TS - direct EMU 1M+?T+232M+210M+?T+205M
Werribee 18:03 18:07  Altona - TS same set
Spencer St 18:54[13]      
Spencer St/Collins St   19:17[121] ‘75’ tram 2061
Flinders St/Swanston St 19:28      
Flinders St   19:40[6] NV EMU 408M+?T+407M
Spencer St 19:43[12] 19:47[11] NV EMU 471M+?T+472M+539M+?T+540M
Flinders St 19:50[9]      
New track for the day: Newport - Werribee direct, Laverton - Newport via Altona

Tuesday 17th November 1998

Flinders St   07:10[5] NV - TS EMU 514M+?T+513M+328M+?T+464M
Newport 07:27      
Newport workshops No.3 siding   08:46 special EMU 322M+?T+425M test train
via shunt to No.1 siding - Newport (rev) (09:32/09:35) - Werribee (rev) (10:00/10:11) - Newport (rev) (10:36/10:39) - workshops No. 8 siding - shunt to No.1 siding
Newport workshops 10:55      
by car to Epping depot
Epping   18:14 PU - PV EMU 165M+?T+91M+228M+?T+17M
Flinders St 19:00[1]      
Elizabeth St/La Trobe St   21:32[5] ‘19’ tram 2017
Elizabeth St/Flinders St 21:38[1]      

Wednesday 18th November 1998

Newport workshops No.5 siding   06:30 special EMU 322M+?T+425M
via Spencer St (06:55) - Richmond - Westall (07:33) - Pakenham yard (08:15/08:52) - Bunyip (rev) - Pakenham yard (rev) (09:54/10:00) - Bunyip (rev) (10:15/10:20) - Pakenham yard (rev) (10:45/10:50) - Bunyip (rev, pie stop) (11:08/11:44) - Pakenham yard (12:02) - Richmond - Spencer St - Newport workshops No.5 siding - shunt to No.1 siding
Newport workshops 13:30      
work at Newport workshops then by car to Melbourne
Spencer St/La Trobe St   16:35 ‘00’ City circle tram (anti-clockwise)
Flinders St/Queen St 16:45      
Flinders St   17:16[5] NU EMU 405M+?T+406M
Upfield 17:59 18:00   same set
North Melbourne 18:29[1] 18:42[2]   EMU 545M+?T+546M+309M+?T+310M
Broadmeadows 19:08 19:32 NV EMU 310M+?T+309M
Flinders St 20:03 [5]      
Flinders St/Queen St   20:27 ‘48’ tram 279
Spencer St/Collins St 20:33      
Swanston St/La Trobe St   21:22[8] ‘67’ tram 67
Swanston St/Flinders St 21:27      
New track for the day: Dandenong - Pakenham - Bunyip, North Melbourne - Upfield, North Melbourne - Broadmeadows

Thursday 19th November 1998

Flinders St   07:35 CL EMU 554M+?T+553M+310M+?T+302M
Westall 08:00      
by car to and from ALSTOM office at Clayton
Glen Waverley   17:06 BL - BT EMU 32M+?T+33M+98M+?T+78M
Flinders St 17:41[2] 18:09[1] direct EMU 635M+?T+636M+465M+?T+466M
Hurstbridge 19:05 19:11   EMU 466M+?T+465M
Eltham 19:25 20:06 PU - PV EMU 403M+?T+404M
Flinders St 20:58[1]      
New track for the day: Clifton Hill - Hurstbridge

Friday 20th November 1998

Flinders St   07:19 direct EMU 611M+?T+?M+?M+?T+?M
Epping 08:02      
Epping depot sidings   13:44[6] special EMU 697M+?T+?M
via No.20 siding (rev) - Epping platform 2 (rev) - Lalor (rev) - Epping depot No.17 siding (wash road)
Epping depot sidings 14:08[6]      
Epping   16:32 [2] PU - PV EMU 572M+?T+571M+374M+?T+373M
Flinders St 17:24[1] 17:58[7] CV EMU 333M+?T+?M
Spencer St 18:03 [12] 18:18 CU - CT - C EMU 554M+?T+553M+301M+?T+302M
Glenhuntly 18:40 18:54 CT EMU 365M+?T+?M
Flinders St 19:20[7]      
Flinders St/Elizabeth St   20:05 ‘75’ tram 2108
Spencer St/Collins St 20:10 20:36 ‘75’ tram 2026
Flinders St/Swanston St 20:41      

Saturday 21st November 1998

Flinders St   08:09[4] BV EMU 663M+?T+664M
Spencer St 08:12 08:43[7]   WCR SL R711+ DL B76+9 coaches
Warrnambool 11:53     arr 47 late (first day of steam operation)
    13:05   WCR DL S311+5 coaches 21 late
Spencer St 16:10[7]     arr 10 late
    16:26[11] NV EMU 343M+?T+384M
Flinders St 16:31[4] 16:49[3] BV - BU - BL EMU ?M+?T+637M
Nunawading 17:30      
to colleague’s house at Blackburn
Nunawading   22:45 BL EMU ?M+?T+?M
Flinders St 23:21[3]      
New track for the day: Werribee - Geelong - Warrnambool

Sunday 22nd November 1998

Flinders St   07:59[3 ] BV EMU 625M+?T+626M
Spencer St 08:02[10] 08:30[1] SG Countrylink XPT 2005+7 coaches +2017 (standard gauge)
Albury 11:36 14:40 ES V/Line DL N358+3 coaches (broad gauge)
Spencer St 18:07[8]     should have run via Essendon line flyover (BS), but didn't due to re-platforming due to engineering works
Spencer St/Collins St   18:14 ‘75’ tram 2065
Flinders St/Queen St 18:19      
Flinders St/Swanston St   18:53 ‘1’ tram 147
South Melbourne Beach 19:08 19:14 ‘1’ tram 147
South Melbourne 19:18      
Albert Park   19:37 ‘96’ tram 2107
St Kilda Beach Terminus 19:55 20:08 ‘96’ tram 2107
Bourke St/Queen St 20:34      
New track for the day: Standard gauge Spencer St - Albury; broad gauge Albury - Broadmeadows

Monday 23rd November 1998

Flinders St   07:19[1] direct EMU 376M+?T+362M+697M+?T+529M
Epping 08:02      
Flinders St/Queen St   17:57 ‘48’ tram 281
Spencer St/Collins St 18:01      
Collins St/Spencer St   18:08 ‘109’ tram 293
Port Melbourne 18:19 18:30 ‘109’ tram 274
Collins St/Queen St 18:45      

Tuesday 24th November 1998

to ALSTOM office in Melbourne, then to Epping to work on 322M
Epping   15:42 PU - PV EMU 674M+?T+641M+680M+?T+679M
Flinders St 16:32[1] 17:08[5] NU - ES EMU 371M+?T+372M+403M+?T+404M
Kensington 17:21 17:46 BS - NV EMU 380M+?T+379M+451M+?T+452M
via Essendon line flyover (only 4 passenger workings)
Flinders St 17:54[7] 18:14[4] BL EMU 145M+?T+224M+34M+?T+82M
via flyover to Richmond then flyover at Camberwell
Riversdale 18:34      
Wardin Road   18:39[45] ‘70’ tram 252
Wattle Park 18:51[61] 18:53[61] ‘00’ tram 252
Camberwell depot 19:03[40]     tram continued into depot
    19:04[40] ‘70’ tram 271
Princes Bridge 19:27      
Collins St/Swanston St   19:53[6] ‘11’ tram 170
Collins St/Spencer St 19:58[1] 20:03[1] ‘75’ tram 2093
Flinders St/Queen St 20:08[122]      
New track for the day: Kensington - North Melbourne via flyover

Wednesday 25th November 1998

Flinders St   07:35[6] CL EMU 40M+?T+11M+208M+?T+109M
Westall 08:00      
to ALSTOM office at Clayton, then colleague's house at Blackburn
Blackburn   18:16 BT EMU 122M+?T+?M+?M+?T+?M
Flinders St 18:42[2]      

Thursday 26th November 1998

Melbourne (MEL)   13:40 CX104 Cathay Pacific A340 B-GXI
Hong Kong (HKG) 19:40     time change: -3 hours
Satellite   19:51   rubber-tyred people-mover
Main Terminal 19:52      

Friday 27th November 1998

Hong Kong (HKG)   0040 CX271 Cathay Pacific 747-400 B-HOU
Amsterdam (AMS) 06:30 07:30   time change: -7 hours
Manchester (MAN) 07:30     time change: -1 hour
Manchester Airport T2   08:00   Taxi
Timperley 08:20      

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