Now, I do not – and would not – pretend to understand the finer intricacies of the management of a fleet of trains, but I would like to think that some common sense would come into it – somewhere. Hopefully.
Alas, events at Southern Cross Station on Friday evening leave me wondering if “common sense” even appears in the V/Line Operations Manual. It does not appear to do so.
Service number 8235 (otherwise known as the 17:29 Southern Cross to Marshall) was once again found to be in disarray – alarming given that it (along with service number 8229, otherwise known as the 16:40 Southern Cross to Marshall) are supposed to be the “flagship services” on the Geelong line.
Here’s a quick rundown of the sequence last night. At approximately 5:00pm, a train arrived from Ballarat, consisting of a single 3VL DMU, number 32. Passengers alighted, and it seemed ready to form the rear of service 8235. Here it is at 5:10pm, still standing on the platform: