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What PT did you get today? (2019-)

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triumph

In Sydney
Journey Hills Showground Metro Station to Watsons Bay and return with Pyrmont Bay side trip.
Metro set 10, car 3
'Waratah' B set 34, car N1634
'Waratah' B set 8, car T1408
'Emerald' ferry May Gibbs (infamously briefly Ferry McFerryface until public sentiment caused change)
'Emerald' ferry Catherine Hamlin
"Emerald' ferry May Gibbs (the Pyrmont Bay side trip)
'Waratah' B set 20, car N1920
'Waratah' A set 74. car T6674
Metro set 6, car 02
(Note: Remarkably a warm fine sunny day. But Cattai Creek flooding meant detour from Cattai area by severely rain damaged Halcrows Rd to Glenorie and on to the Metro. More rain forecast.)

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Still in Sydney
Mulgrave - Schofields - Liverpool - Leppington - Glenfield - Circular Quay
'Waratah' class A set 6, car N5306
'Waratah' cl A set 11, car N5511
'Waratah' cl B set 35, car N1635
'Waratah' cl A set 45, car N5645
'Waratah' cl A set 53, car N5453
'Emerald' cl ferry Fred Hollows Quay to Barangaroo via various wharves (Pyrmont Bay service)
'?' cl ferry Me-Mel (aboriginal for Goat) Barangaroo - Blackwattle Bay trial non-opal F10 ferry route. Me-Mel is a mini-ferry acquired for a trial 'on demand' service which coincided with pandemic onset. F10 is a brand new timetabled trial.
'Emerald' cl ferry Fred Hollows again back to Circular Quay over reverse route.
Rte L3 Alstom Light Rail vehicle 34 Module M2 led (coupled sets) by LRV 33 Circ Quay to China Town
Rte L1 Alstom LRV 52 Module M2 Capitol Sq to Dulwich Hill. This is the route that the CAF trams in use suffered cracks. After a service hiatus several Alstom trams were, together with the route infrastructure, adapted, and are now use for up to 1/4 hourly service until the CAF units return to service.
Back to Mulgrave via Lakemba, Cabramatta, Schofields.
'Waratah' cl B set 25, car D1225
'Waratah' cl B set 37, car D1237
'Millenium' cl M set 6, car D1011 (4 car set)
'Waratah' cl A set 27, car D6327

(Happily, Cattai Creek had gone down giving shorter access to the train network. There was a bus strike on Mon plus Cattai is very poorly served.)

triumph

Quote from: triumph on April 14, 2022, 10:59:38 PM'?' cl ferry Me-Mel (aboriginal for Goat) Barangaroo - Blackwattle Bay trial non-opal F10 ferry route. Me-Mel is a mini-ferry acquired for a trial 'on demand' service which coincided with pandemic onset. F10 is a brand new timetabled trial.


Update - 'Minicat' class.
Correction - Me-mel is the aboriginal name for Goat Island, not necessarily meaning 'goat'.

triumph

Still in Sydney
Travel to Mulgrave by car, thence public transport to NSW Art Gallery, followed by round trip to Mona Vale, and then back to Mulgrave. Some buses today.
'Waratah' class A set, car N5635 Mulgrave - Town Hall
Rte 441 Bus 2054 QVB (Queen Victoria Building) to Art Gallery
Rte 441 Bus 8383 Art Gallery to QVB. After a couple of blocks finally noticed, this bus is fully electric! It is a BYD D9RA with Gemilang Eco City Bus body, operated out of Leichardt Depot.
Rte 3 Alstom LRV 21 Module C1, led by LRV 22, QVB to Wynyard.
Rte B1 Express (limited stops) operated by a double decker fleet, Wynyard to Mona Vale. Great ride at front, top deck. Unsure of fleet number, but probably 2869. A several decades since a similar double deck ride to Brookvale.
Rte 199 Bus ???? Mona Vale - Manly. Damn, thought I had recorded bus number but apparently not. Older single deck.
'Freshwater' cl Freshwater Manly - Circular Quay. Noted the small Gen 2 'Emerald' cl catamaran vessels providing Manly services also.
'Waratah' cl B set 21, car N1821 Quay to Wynyard
'Waratah' cl A set 55, car T6555 Wynyard - Schofields (terminated here)
'Waratah' cl A set 12, car N5312 Schofields - Mulgrave

Highlights of public transport today scoring an unexpected electric bus, and the DD bus trip to Mona Vale.
 

triumph

Quote from: triumph on April 19, 2022, 11:04:09 PMRte 199 Bus ???? Mona Vale - Manly. Damn, thought I had recorded bus number but apparently not. Older single deck.
 
Did record it. 2824.

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Sydney still
Metro Set 13 car 2 Tallawong - Chatswood
'Waratah' class, A set 42, car D6442 Chatswood - Town Hall
Alstom LRV 32 Module M2 in lead, coupled to LRV 31 rte L3 Town Hall - Circular Quay
'Emerald' 2nd gen cl ferry Balmoral Circular Quay to Manly
"Emerald' 2nd gen cl ferry Clontarf Manly to Circular Quay. Took close to 15 min to let passengers off and board waiting throng at Manly. Narrow gangplanks. Due wet weather all inside with many standing. Social distancing? Ignored. Likewise mask mandate. Actual trip time wharf to wharf over 20min. Ride noticeably more responsive to waves. I am not impressed, clearly not a suitable alternative to the Freshwater class. Freshwater was in use but no sign of Collaroy (Narrabeen is getting a major engine overhaul/renewal and Queenscliff was retired last October).
It also seemed that Fred Hollows, an original Emerald class was also on the Manly run.
"Emerald' cl ferry Bungaree Circular Quay to Balmain East (Pyrmont Bay service) with calls at Milsons Pt and McMahons Pt.
Rte 442 bus 8403, another BYD electric type, Balmain East to Queen Victoria Building (Market St set down).
Alstom LRV 46, Module M1 in lead, coupled to LRV 45 rte L3 QVB - Central Chalmers St
Alstom LRV 17 Module M2 in lead rte L1 Central to Rozelle Bay
Alstom LRV 51 Mondule M2 in lead rte L1 Rozelle Bay to Central (See note in post 795 re Alstom LRVs in use for L1)
'Waratah' cl, A set 75, car D6375 Central to Town Hall
Rte 610X Double deck bus 6886 QVB to Castle Hill
Metro set 21 car 3 Castle Hill to Tallawong 

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Additional information/comment re double deckers
The B1 route to Mona Vale is operated by MAN ND323F units with Gemilang Eco Double Deck bodies.
Rte 610X to Castle Hill (and 607X to Bella Vista) are operated by a mixture of buses, but Bustech CDi bodied Cummins ISL double deckers operate quite a few of the services.
Both double decker types are 3 axle units but the Mona Vale buses have 2 axles at the rear, whereas in contrast the Castle Hill/Bella Vista buses have the 2 axles at the steering end. The mass carried at each end must vary accordingly - and have quite subtle mass distributions involved.
They appear to be particularly suited to limited stops/express services (but note use in ordinary multi stop services in Britain).
If you have the opportunity, try one out.

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Still more Sydney
Another Art Gallery outing, this time parking again at Tallawong.
Metro set 13, car3 Tallawong to Chatswood
'Waratah' class A set 58, car N5358 Chatswood to Town Hall
Rte 441 bus 1941 QVB to Art Gallery. This bus is also less common, a Mercedes O500 LE CNG, powered by natural gas.
Rte 441 bus 8400, a BYD electric (saw quite a few so there must be a small fleet), Art Gallery to QVB
Alstom LRV 41, no 2 end leading, Module NP. LRV 42 in trail. QVB to Circular Quay
'Emerald' cl ferry Pemulwuy Circular Quay to Watsons Bay return calling at Rose Bay both ways.
(Noted 2nd gen 'Emerald' types Clontarf and Balmoral, with Freshwater close behind approaching the Quay - wondered which other vessel was at Manly end.)
'Waratah' cl (near inevitable it seems) A set 43, car N5543 Quay to Wynyard
'Waratah' cl A set 50, car T6550 Wynyard to Chatswood
Metro set 4, car 5 Chatswood to Tallawong. 

triumph

Back to normal - in Canberra.

599 (R3)
630 (57)
355 (57)
649 (R5)
006, 010, 014, 004 (R1)
421 (R8)
583 (R1)
486 (R3)

Sylvan Loves Buses

After recovering from being sick again for a week I decided to attend the premire of the Doctor Strange movie at Limelight this evening. I've known since the start of the 'School Interim Bus Timetable' that the final R4N of the weeknights was supposedly a Renault, but each time I think I've seen it, it hasn't been one.

Tonight it was one ;D - what a way to lift my spirits.

Snorzac

Quote from: triumph on May 04, 2022, 09:24:27 PMBack to normal - in Canberra.

599 (R3)

My condolences, the driver of that bus was in a foul mood that morning having been allocated an inferior bus 😬

triumph

May 08, 2022, 02:36:00 PM #561 Last Edit: May 09, 2022, 10:40:31 AM by Barry Drive
Quote from: Snorzac on May 08, 2022, 01:00:14 AMMy condolences, the driver of that bus was in a foul mood that morning having been allocated an inferior bus 😬
Well, I didn't notice. In fact I noted what seemed to be pause(s) to match the TT and a prompt arrival in the City after a smooth trip. What I did notice was that there were not many passengers despite it being what I thought would be a busy time, and certainly the road traffic was busy.

But, a later trip featured a cheerful mature lady driver with a surprisingly leaden foot. Skillful, so quite OK.

Snorzac

I can certainly confirm that the trip departed on time for the reasons you outline and certainly required enroute stops to not run early as the driver had the same thoughts regarding patronage

Sylvan Loves Buses

Think most thursdays will look like this for now on. 12-18 buses a week with around half being Renault's for the next 6 months still, what a joy.

972 (72N)
978 (60S)
970 (73S)
969 (72N)
648 (R4N)
397 (R2S)
703 (R2S)
525 (R2N)
971 (R5S)
463 (R4S)
932 (71N)
932 (R6E)