Re: Sydney Light Rail Outage: Overhead Wiring Issues Cause Commuter Chaos In Sydney
  Malcolm Rowe

Five and a half hours to fix a broken span wire!

Mal Rowe - shaking head in disbelief.

On Sun, Mar 12, 2023 at 10:03 AM Matthew Geier matthew@...>
wrote:

> I've been sent a photo of the failed bit of overhead - not at liberty to

> repost so don't ask.

>

> Looks like a piece of parafil or it's attachment gave way resulting in a

> dropper arm hanging below the contact wire in the Chinatown area.

>

> Had the failure not been noticed it could have easily ripped a pantograph

> off making the incident much more complex.

>

> After they started turning back cars at Central Chalmers, apparently one

> of the points at Central decided to die adding to their challenges.

>

> Points failures are happening so often there is a 'points reliability

> enhancement' project underway. Seems the mechanisms are too easily clogged

> up with dirt and sand.

>

>

> The Panania incident ripped off a pantograph AND a hatch cover. Not clear

> what order it happened, but they managed to pull down the catenary as well

> as the contact wire.

>

> As passengers couldn't be trusted not to 'self evacuate' into a space that

> had potentially live wires in reach, the passengers had to wait over an

> hour in a train with no ventilation, non openable windows and closed doors,

> till overhead crews could 'safe isolate' the accident site.

>

> It took them most of Saturday to repair the damage.

>

>

> On 12/3/23 10:09, Greg Sutherland wrote:

>

>

>

> https://vervetimes.com/sydney-light-rail-outage-overhead-wiring-issues-cause-commuter-chaos-in-sydney/

>

> L2/L3 CBD and South East Lines between Central and Circular Quay closed

> for 5 hours 30!

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