In my time 1987 to 1994 South Melbourne in the evenings had one standby driver, one conductor and one marmalade who could do both. I ended up with that last option from time to time. Other times of the day had similar coverage, sometimes by somebody who was tabled to have just half of their shift out on the road.
Nevertheless there were times when all these were sent out, and if another person went off sick, or never fronted, then a tram was off the road. On rare occasions somebody from another depot was borrowed but they technically had to ‘know the road’ before driving it, and that was a likely scenario, or a good excuse for not going to another depot for the lazy ones.
Typed on board tram 01 heading south, just arriving Main Beach dead on time, 7:51am
On 11 Feb 2019, at 7:34 am, Greg Sutherland gregsutherland@...> wrote:
Re crew shortages, where "Spares" provided across the roster to cover 'no shows?
> On 10/02/2019 9:41 pm, Tram Gunzle wrote:
> Kew Depot took care in re-rostering when crew (or sometimes tram) shortages occurred - the shared roads were the last to lose services (pity that certain other depots were not as considerate !). That meant that it was the Mont Albert line that suffered cuts, and it was Kew crews that consequently suffered. However, even the 42 shared part of their road, and one service that was "temporarily suspended" (management term for "permanently" - because they refused to employ sufficient staff) in this way was the first LaTrobe St shuttle, late in the morning peak; the next LaTrobe service was another Kew run - NOT Preston. It would have been so easy to cancel the latter tram rather than the former, thus saving Kew crews from the ire of waiting passengers which would then be vent upon those #@?!$ (LoL) from Preston.
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