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Accidents

Miscellaneous accidents from around the place: derailments, clueless passengers, and broken bits and pieces.

8114 derailed at South Dynon, August 2012

August 22, 2012

On August 22, 2012 Pacific National locomotive 8114 derailed outside the Melbourne Operations Terminal at South Dynon. Only a short distance off the rails, it was moved back onto the tracks with the use of timber blocks.

Accident damaged SW6.866

May 24, 2017

On 24 May 2017 a truck collided with tram SW6.866 at the corner of Flinders and Spencer Street.

Accidents and dimwits

April 29, 2017

Miscellaneous accidents from around the place: derailments, clueless passengers, and broken bits and pieces.

Adelaide's O-Bahn Busway recovery truck

December 01, 2011

With the O-Bahn Busway in Adelaide they need a special double ended tow truck to rescue buses stranded on the concrete guideway. It also seems to be used to move normal buses.

Body bag at Williamstown Beach - February 2012

February 15, 2012

A person died at Williamstown Beach platform 2 on February 15, 2012 sometime before 4pm. The body bag stayed on the platform for at least 30 minutes: trains towards Williamstown ran express through platform 2, but passengers for the city could still wait for trains on the opposite platform, looking over to the body bag.

Car crash and tram delays on Maribyrnong Road - December 2012

November 30, 2012

One downside of trams sharing road space with cars: when dimwit motorists get caught up in a three car pileup on a road with trams, everybody else gets held up.

Collins Street power failure - January 2013

January 30, 2013

Power went out in the section due to a truck taking out the overhead at Collins and King Street, with recovery vehicle R10 needing to rescue the stranded trams

Craigieburn collision, May 2010

May 05, 2010

Down Craigieburn service with 570M-T-M + 309M-T-M ran up the back of the down empty Apex train which was stopped at a signal outside Craigieburn station. 570M-T-M received most of the damage and needed to be cut apart; 309M-T-M was shunted off by T402 and taken to Broadmeadows as a complete train.

Crumbling station building at Newmarket

June 30, 2014

A look at the crumbling citybound station building at Newmarket station on the Craigieburn line, where everything is falling apart. The cantilevered platform verandah was reinforced with acrow props in 2012 and demolished in 2013. As for the piers holding everything up, even bigger acrow props have been installed to counteract the failing concrete piers and beams.

Damaged pantograph and overhead - April 2009

April 25, 2009

Comeng 532M-T-531M + 542M-T-M (the prototype seating set) became dewired from the overhead on the up side of South Kensington, destroying all 4 pantographs and pulling down a fair chunk of overhead. Passengers from the rear set had to be detrained via the tracks. An N class later picked up the damaged train.

Derailed tram on Elizabeth Street - May 2013

May 23, 2013

On May 18, 2013 tram works were underway on Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD, with a temporary crossover in used just north of La Trobe Street. Z3.229 was headed south over the crossover when the trailing bogie derailed, leaving the tram skewed across the tracks. Once the tram was rerailed the crossover stayed out of use for the rest of the day, while the bolts holding it down were adjusted.

Dudley Street H set collision - May 2006

June 19, 2006

In May 20006 VSH22 and FSH21 were involved in a shunting accident at the Dudley Street carriage yards. BCH122 was pushed into BCH121. The first pics are from about 10pm (the incident happened some time before then) and then the rest are later on at 1pm after the re-railing was complete. The final photos are after the collision repairs.

El Zorro derailment - March 2010

March 09, 2010

A down El Zorro grain derailed at West Footscray Junction, with T320 and S303 coming off the rails (third and fourth units), along with 12 wagons.

Evacuating a failed V/Line train at Albion

November 26, 2015

On November 26, 2015 a down Bendigo train failed outside Albion station, blocking the Sunbury line for hours. Eventually the V/Line train was limped into the platform at Albion, allowing passenger to wait for buses, with the suburban train behind being eventually evacuated as well

Failed Sprinter - June 2014

June 12, 2014

Around 7am outside North Melbourne V/Line service operated by Sprinter railcars and bound for Bacchus Marsh failed. Two Comeng trains ended up behind the failed consist, but didn't appear to assist in the recovery.

Fire damaged Sprinter 7012, December 2016

April 08, 2017

On December 2, 2016 Sprinter 7012 caught fire at Seymour station, with a fault in the electrical cabinet believed to be the cause. The damaged train was transferred to Melbourne the next day.

Galvin crash - August 2014

November 18, 2014

On August 22 2014 an empty VLocity train (VL05-12-39, 7 cars) ran into the rear of a Metro Trains service between Galvin and Paisley on the Werribee line.

Keep clear of the tram tracks! - October 2012

October 25, 2012

Where trams turn corners, there are yellow lines painted along the road so that cars know to keep clear. This bloke at the corner of Victoria and Errol Streets in North Melbourne didn't pay attention to them, which resulted in Z3.205 ripping off the rear quarter panel off his van.

Motorists delaying trams

March 03, 2017

Wherever you go in Melbourne you are certain to find some moron who doesn't know how to drive, either queuing through an intersection or overhanging a tram lane, resulting in delays to dozens of tram passengers.

Napier Street bridge strike - October 2015

October 01, 2015

The railway bridge that carries the Williamstown and Werribee lines over Napier Street has a long history of being struck by high vehicles - October 1st 2015 was yet another example.

Newmarket blackout - September 2013

September 26, 2013

On September 26, 2013 a tree took out the mains power supply to Newmarket station, plunging the platforms into darkness, but not affecting traction power to trains or signalling systems.

Rescuing a failed D2 class tram, September 2012

September 25, 2011

On September 24, 2011 D2.5002 damaged it's pantograph at Showgrounds Loop, with D2.5017 being sent out to rescue it. After the pantograph couldn't be tied down low enough, the mechanics cut it off with an angle grinder.

Rescuing a failed D2 class tram - October 2012

October 07, 2013

D2.2009 failed somewhere on the route 986, so classmate D2.5020 was sent out on a rescue mission to drag the tram home to Southbank Depot.

Rescuing a failed W class tram - July 2015

July 26, 2015

On July 26 tram W6.983 failed while running a City Circle service, and had to be rescued by classmate SW6.961

Siemens train static inverter issues

August 17, 2015

In December 2014 it was discovered that Melbourne's fleet of Siemens trains had been fitted with defective capacitors in the static inverter unit found beneath the train floor, resuling in a number of explosions. As an interim workaround fire blankets and tie down straps were fitted around the equipment boxes to reduce the risk.

Stonyford derailment -September 2009

September 21, 2009

On the night of Saturday 12 September 2009 the evening down Warrnambool service hat a pine tree that had fallen over the line, lead loco N452 ended up on it's side and at a 90 degree angle to the line, second loco N456 managed to stay coupled even through it came off the rails. Four out of the five cars came off the rails, the rear two were removed on the Monday, the other three were lifted on Tuesday then taken away by rail on Wednesday.

Trams stalled on section insulator

November 05, 2015

The network of overhead wires used to power trams are divided into multiple electrical sections, so that faults can be isolated and maintenance work completed in safety. However if a tram stops with the pantograph resting in the middle of a section insulator, getting the tram moving again is hard work!

Tram vs car on Nicholson Street - February 2012

February 08, 2012

On February 8, 2012 a Mercedes headed southbound on Nicholson Street near Elgin Street managed to find it's way onto the tram tracks, with D2.5009 bashing in the entire drivers side of the car. More details at the Herald Sun - "Man, 60, in hospital after car-tram crash"

Unsafe 'safety' zone in Ascot Vale

October 14, 2014

Located on Epsom Road at Flemington Drive in Ascot Vale, stop 30 on route 57 seems to get wiped out by dimwitted drivers a few times a year. Southbound traffic is required to slew sideways to avoid a right turn lane, which seems to be too hard for some drivers, who plow straight into the safety zone fence.

V/Line - Failed H set doors

April 26, 2013

V/Line's fleet of H set carriages have power operated doors - closed and held shut by a compressed air powered door motor, and manually opened by passengers. In August 2014 special instructions were issued after a spate of trains having the doors open while in transit.

V/Line - West Footscray derailment 2011

December 12, 2011

November 26, 2011 locomotive N470 and carriage set SN1 derailed at West Footscray when passing through a crossover. The loco ended up split between two tracks, but everything stayed upright.

V/Line splitting the points - June 2009

June 23, 2009

Sometime on the afternoon of June 23, 2009 carriage set VN12 was being shunted around at Southern Cross, and the BTN carriage managed to split the points. The ACN and BRN were taken off the east end, leaving the other three cars there this evening

VLocity transfer to Bendigo, November 2014

November 04, 2014

B75 and T386 transferred an accident damaged VLocity set VL12 to Bendigo on November 4, 2014. The set was involved in an incident on August 22 2014, when empty VLocity train (VL05-12-39, 7 cars) ran into the rear of a Metro Trains service between Galvin and Paisley on the Werribee line.

Wild winds - October 2013

October 01, 2013

On the night of September 30 strong winds blew the roof from an apartment block in Maribyrnong Road in Ascot Vale, blocking trams on routes 57 and 82 until the wreckage was removed.

XPT derailment - July 2014

May 01, 2017

On the morning of July 11, 2014 the Sydney-bound XPT derailed just outside Southern Cross Station, where the dual gauge tracks over the North Melbourne flyover split into separate standard and broad gauge tracks. The newly rebuilt tracks has just opened for service that morning.

Y129 derailment at Southern Cross, January 2017

January 10, 2017

On January 3, 2017 Y129 derailed Southern Cross Station, while shunting around with the carriage yards with an N class locomotive. It was rerailed with the assistance of a heavy lift crane.

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