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Well something wierd **DID** happen at North Sydney station [Jan. 31st, 2009|02:17 pm]
Stephan
Read my LJ post here first: http://scottrell001.livejournal.com/40022.html

Coming home yesterday, the train pulled into North Sydney station at 5:20pm as normal (except that I actually got out of work 30 minutes earlier than usual), doors opened to allow passengers in & out, and then the doors closed as the train was due to leave.

However the lights on the train kept going on & off, the doors were re-opened, then closed... twice. The air-conditioning conked out a couple of times. Finally after about ten minutes of this there was an announcement that the crew were having difficulty resetting the train's circuit breakers.

Meanwhile unbeknowns to we on board, CTC surrepticiously allowed the train behind us to sneak in on the adjacent platform. This is not normally the way things are done. Only after it had arrived and taken on passengers from the platform did we receive an announcement that our own train was being declared a no-go and the next northbound train would be the one adjacent.

What happened next deserves to be in a cartoon. Our air-conditioned Tangara class train (8 carriages) was vacated with considerable haste and people hurred to the adjacent platform to find one of the old R-class dinosaurs parked there... R-class = no air-conditioning and only 6 cars instead of 8. Nevertheless people sqeezed, edged and forced their way on board even after the "stand-clear" announcement was given. Idiots risking their lives when there would be a better train just behind in the queue that had formed.

I waited 2 minutes and the following train turned out to be an Oscar-class (Outer-suburban cars); one of the newest trains on the Cityrail system with 8 carriages and decent air-conditioning. It was standing room only of course, but no complaints from me. I was just glad to get home.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-31 05:58 am (UTC)
Wise choice on your part. Paid off.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-31 10:49 am (UTC)
I guess so... but it wasn't a difficult decision, watching all those people trying to push their way into a train that was packed to the doors. If someone looses their footing and slips down between the train and the platform edge, the train might start to move and nobody would be able to hear them screaming. I'd call it the day of a dozen Darwin award contenders.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-01-31 10:35 am (UTC)
you got the cool ride :)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-31 10:50 am (UTC)
LOL! :)
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-01-31 09:58 pm (UTC)
Uncanny, eh?
I wonder if the heat was causing some of the problems...

Any idea if there are any clouds nearby for seeding to work on?
Heaven knows you guys need the rain.

When I've take classes at the farther campus from me, I've needed to take the SkyTrain to and from, and we have two classes of cars as well.
(you know, ones with and without air conditioning. Remind me never to take summer courses on the farther campus... >.<)

The older cars are from Expo 86 and while they've held up quite well for being this old, they're less well liked around here.
(they're also more likely to be the ones at fault when a train malfunctions, forcing all other trains to wait at stations thrice as long...)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-01 04:12 am (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"I wonder if the heat was causing some of the problems...",
Very likely yes. It's blowing whole power substations apart in South Australia. Now I'm glad I didn't move to Adelaide when I wanted to in 2006-7. Melbourne is also having difficulty; their whole railway network has shut down at least once during this heatwave.

A train-enthusiast friend a few months ago posed the question about how brownouts would affect an electric railway. Well we have them happen on occasion here. Lights & air-conditioner go out and the train rolls to a standstill until the circuit breakers are restored. The North Shore line had an especially dilapadated power supply, and hence the millenium trains are still banned from here (they're thirsty beasts when it comes to electricity). A whole new power substation has been installed at Waverton, and it has ventilation ducts twice as big as I've ever seen in my life. The Tangara train failed on platform #4 which is the main northbound platform, and then they opened platform #3 as a substitute. Whether it was the Tangara class itself or the overhead power supply I couldn't say, but I'm fairly confident the heat was a factor.

It's killing ME. This is my last weekend to clean up the apartment before my shoulder operation, but the heat in here is unbearable. I have a monster headache, mostly from being unable to sleep last night.

carlfoxmarten said:"Any idea if there are any clouds nearby for seeding to work on? Heaven knows you guys need the rain.",


Good question, I haven't checked the dam levels recently. Here: (http://www.sca.nsw.gov.au/dams-and-water/weekly-storage-and-supply-reports/2009/water-storage-and-supply-report---29-january-2009). We've enjoyed some good rainfall up until near the end of November. Now the clouds are appearing but drifting away without any precipitation. The dams are at roughly 50%. We can manage for a while, but there is still a desire by the State Government to build a desalinisation plant. Adelaide is screaming for one. They're probably bringing water into that city via road & rail.

carlfoxmarten said:"When I've take classes at the farther campus from me, I've needed to take the SkyTrain to and from, and we have two classes of cars as well.
(you know, ones with and without air conditioning. Remind me never to take summer courses on the farther campus... >.<)",
Done! Ask your expert (me) on what NOT to do in summer :P Basically anything! I'm regretting that I agreed to have my shoulder operation in February.

Tell me about the skyTrain. :)

carlfoxmarten said:"The older cars are from Expo 86 and while they've held up quite well for being this old, they're less well liked around here.
(they're also more likely to be the ones at fault when a train malfunctions, forcing all other trains to wait at stations thrice as long...)",
That article on the Expo 86 looks fascinating. I like the monorail - it might be similar to the one that was built in Sydney. Remind me to look through the article properly when the weather here has cooled down and I can think clearly.

Nowadays we're rather fortunate in that at least 75% of our trains are air-conditioned, although only the very new trains have air-conditioning that works properly. Trains like the Tangara class and inter-city V-Class often have air-conditioning that barely works and can smell like somone stuffed a wet cardboard box of decaying fruit into the vents.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-02-02 09:12 am (UTC)
Good question, I haven't checked the dam levels recently. Here: (http://www.sca.nsw.gov.au/dams-and-water/weekly-storage-and-supply-reports/2009/water-storage-and-supply-report---29-january-2009). We've enjoyed some good rainfall up until near the end of November. Now the clouds are appearing but drifting away without any precipitation. The dams are at roughly 50%. We can manage for a while, but there is still a desire by the State Government to build a desalinisation plant. Adelaide is screaming for one. They're probably bringing water into that city via road & rail.

I'd been thinking of how a good rainfall might bring temperatures down, but I suppose the extra humidity wouldn't help too much either...

Done! Ask your expert (me) on what NOT to do in summer :P Basically anything! I'm regretting that I agreed to have my shoulder operation in February.

We're kind of fortunate around here, the extremely hot part of our summer doesn't last quite as long as yours does, so our period of less activity is shorter.

However, with the cold weather we're having right now, I'm wondering just how hot next summer will be...

Tell me about the skyTrain. :)

SkyTrain is a "heavy" rail system that runs on two rails with a third rail used for magnetic propulsion and a set of other rails on one side for power and communication.

Most of the rail runs elevated rather high up off the ground for minimal traffic disruption, though some parts of the track are at ground level and other parts are even below-ground.

The entire transit system is divided into three zones, so you can buy a one-, two-, or three-zone pass at different prices depending on where you're going.
Daypasses are a little trickier to get, though, because you can't buy them on the buses.

As a student at a participating university, I pay almost $100 for a four month, all-zone transit pass, which I then use to get around for all my classes and also for any personal travel I may have.

That article on the Expo 86 looks fascinating.

I've been told that I was actually there, though I can't remember anything about it, only being one year old at the time...

I like the monorail - it might be similar to the one that was built in Sydney. Remind me to look through the article properly when the weather here has cooled down and I can think clearly.

"Remember to have another look through the article when the weather's cooler!"

Seriously, though, there's not much of interest there.
I'm sure there should be a more descriptive site somewhere, but I haven't looked for it.

Nowadays we're rather fortunate in that at least 75% of our trains are air-conditioned, although only the very new trains have air-conditioning that works properly. Trains like the Tangara class and inter-city V-Class often have air-conditioning that barely works and can smell like somone stuffed a wet cardboard box of decaying fruit into the vents.

Heh, the Mark I trains in use around here don't have air conditioning, they just blow the air around, which doesn't really help when it's over 25°C.

And some days there just don't seem to be any Mark II trains running at all...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-02 12:07 pm (UTC)
Hey! You have a new border box style! :D

carlfoxmarten said:"I'd been thinking of how a good rainfall might bring temperatures down, but I suppose the extra humidity wouldn't help too much either...
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Oh the humidity comes from the Harbour. There's not a great deal of difference when the rain comes. A decent downpour WOULD cool things, especially the brickwork of my apartment building.

carlfoxmarten said:"However, with the cold weather we're having right now, I'm wondering just how hot next summer will be...",
Probably not so severe. I've noticed that the weather tends not to be able to swing completely from one extreme to the other. We've had stinking hot summers lately, and especially mild winters.

carlfoxmarten said:"SkyTrain is a "heavy" rail system that runs on two rails with a third rail used for magnetic propulsion and a set of other rails on one side for power and communication.

Most of the rail runs elevated rather high up off the ground for minimal traffic disruption, though some parts of the track are at ground level and other parts are even below-ground.",
That sounds especially interesting. It looks like a more serious version of our monorail!

Pity wikipedia doesn't show what the track looks like.

Catch you later! I need to get everything ready for Friday.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-02-02 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hey! You have a new border box style! :D

I've forgotten what the code was for the other one, so I just made something up, and I like blue right now...
(maybe I'll use green sometime, it's very flexible)

Oh the humidity comes from the Harbour. There's not a great deal of difference when the rain comes. A decent downpour WOULD cool things, especially the brickwork of my apartment building.

The other two thirds of the question is whether cloud seeding is permitted in your area and if so, is anybody equipped to do so.

Probably not so severe. I've noticed that the weather tends not to be able to swing completely from one extreme to the other. We've had stinking hot summers lately, and especially mild winters.

I'm kind of hoping that this cold weather will help keep the mountain pine beetle population down, though I haven't heard anything about them recently.

That sounds especially interesting. It looks like a more serious version of our monorail!

Pity wikipedia doesn't show what the track looks like.

You can see some track in these pictures:
http://sjconnor.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/chinatown-skytrain-wp.jpg
http://k41.pbase.com/o6/81/715781/1/74688846.PSQEXQG7.skytrain.jpg
http://www.tc.gc.ca/programs/Environment/utsp/images/imagebank/lowrez/eric_skytrain3_lowrez.jpg

Let me know if you have problems viewing the pages due to hotlinking and I'll send links to the original pages.

Catch you later! I need to get everything ready for Friday.

Anything special I might want to know about? ;)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-02 08:56 pm (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"I've forgotten what the code was for the other one, so I just made something up, and I like blue right now... (maybe I'll use green sometime, it's very flexible)",
I like the blue! LiveJournal changed their format a few months ago and the old code isn't as attractive now (you can see what I mean; I'm still relying on it). Can you E-mail me the new code? Pwease!

carlfoxmarten said:"The other two thirds of the question is whether cloud seeding is permitted in your area and if so, is anybody equipped to do so.",
No idea sorry. I think something like that would need to be done by either the State Government or Sydney City Council, and BOTH are in dire financial constraingts thanks to former Premier Bob Carr.

carlfoxmarten said:"You can see some track in these pictures:
http://sjconnor.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/chinatown-skytrain-wp.jpg
http://k41.pbase.com/o6/81/715781/1/74688846.PSQEXQG7.skytrain.jpg
http://www.tc.gc.ca/programs/Environment/utsp/images/imagebank/lowrez/eric_skytrain3_lowrez.jpg

Let me know if you have problems viewing the pages due to hotlinking and I'll send links to the original pages.",
I was able to see pictures 1 & 3, but picture 2's page said "You do not have permission to view this website." It's OK - I got to see what the track looks like. Very interesting. There was an episode of the real Doctor Who series entitiled "The Pirate Planet" which (to cut a long story short) played with the concept of linear induction to move a person at high speed through a long corridor (it turned out to be a different technology, but like I said; long story).

carlfoxmarten said:"Anything special I might want to know about? ;)",
Yeah, it's this Friday that the arthriscopy on my shoulder is scheduled. After that I'll have my arm in a sling for 6 weeks (the latter 3 of which I still have to come to work) and I'll be completely off the internet for the first 3 weeks. I'll be posting and E-mailing to all my friends later in the week. I was hoping to have an illustration ready of Michael with his arm in a sling, but it doesn't look like I'll have time to draw it now.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-02-28 07:52 pm (UTC)
thefoxaroo said:
I like the blue! LiveJournal changed their format a few months ago and the old code isn't as attractive now (you can see what I mean; I'm still relying on it). Can you E-mail me the new code? Pwease!

I can't believe that I forgot to send you this...

Basically, the only thing I've changed is the colours.
In the code you have, there are two values you can change (#555 and #eee, border and background, respectively).

So far I have three colour sets:
  • Gray: #555 and #eee (which you already have)
  • Blue: #789 and #cde (which you seem to like a fair bit)
  • Green #5d5 and #cfc (which I've only used recently)


To use one of these three, just copy your current quotebox a two more times in the same text file you've been using (this way you can grab whichever one you want to use) and replace the values #555 and #eee with the values above.

The green one looks like this:
thefoxaroo said:
Stuff you said...
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