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Gavin captured Leo (rear) and myself (nearest camera) shunting our respective trains at Anunaka on the first operating session on the reopened tramway, October 30,2002
Now that the DBT is moving towards completion - at least of this
particular stage - with the addition of Wirrandra, operations resumed
in late October 2002. The first operating session was attended by Leo
Kennedy and Gavin Hince and ran to the sequence used at Hobsons
Bay and Adelaide exhibitions, suitably modified for the extra station|
The previous sequence and "timetable" used at Liverpool in 1998, can be seen on the Exhibition Operations page.
At the moment we are running to a sequence, although ultimately we would like to run to a version of "Permissive Block", and fast clocks have been purchased to equip each of the stations with necessary and vital piece of equipment in this form of operation - the station clock.
The timetable used in the first session after reopening is shown here: It represents the four localities which exist: Anunaka, Wirrandra, Kelvin and FidYard (the Fiddle Yard), and no attempt has been made to schedule any trains beyond these stations. As the layout progresses a timetable may be created which has all stations shown on the map listed, although the current arrangement does not match the map, which makes such an idea a little tricky!
Above right the Yard Master working sheet for Anunaka is displayed - click on the image for a larger image. This shows the work needed to be performed by the Anunaka operator, and clipped to the sheet is a slip showing the wagons needed for the outbound goods train, and those expected to arrive on the inbound goods, along with their destination in the yard.
Time will tell whether this is the best way to run a session on the Dutton Bay, but feedback from the first session was positive, and work is underway to expand the movement generator to cater for the next timetable revision.
The next step now is to revise the timetable to drop a few minutes off the sectional running time so there is less time spent "waiting for the clock". This will also allow for paths for a couple of extra or conditional trains to be included in the schedule.
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Last Modified August 1, 2003