A somewhat circuitous commute this morning.
9:05. Get to Glenhuntly station. Note large crowd on platform — never a good sign that late in the morning.
9:10. Connex lady is leaving for the day, but mumbles something about problems. Green button for latest info refuses to talk to me. I hang about at the front of the station looking out for a tram. By this point four have gone down towards the terminus, so surely some must eventually come back.
9:15. PA announcement about trees over tracks, overhead wire down, and general train mayhem. And it uses the phrase “Expect massive late running.” A bloke gets off yet another tram going the wrong way and tells me the Sandringham line is out too. I wonder about the nearby Dandenong line, but given no SMSs are coming through about any of this, figure Connex’s SMS machine has suffered from meltdown. (I heard a figure of 114 train cancellations between 5am and 10am.)
9:20. Two trams arrive. I board the first one, and note the driver’s frustration at the doors not entirely behaving. We proceed at a snail’s pace.
9:25. Get to the tram depot whereupon they boot everybody out onto the second tram. PA announcement about trams disrupted further up the line. Uh oh.
9:30. We get to South Caulfield Junction (aka Glenhuntly Road and Hawthorn Road). Some consultation between staff at the front of the tram. Looks like they’re diverting onto Hawthorn Road, which involves first turning in the wrong direction, then reversing at the crossover. They do this, partially confusing some people who didn’t overhear what the plan was.
9:40. Tram pauses a couple of times as we lose power momentarily. Perhaps because of diversions, too many trams in the area sucking out all the juice?
I try to ring 131-MET to find out if I should get out at Malvern to catch a train, but can’t get through, so decide to stay on the tram, which at least I know is moving. Ring my sister, get her to check some web sites. No info on them.
9:45. Rolling along Dandenong Road. Consolation: the cars are moving much slower than we are.
9:55. St Kilda Road. Mostly a smooth ride, plenty of cars banked up. One noted broken down in the middle of a traffic lane.
10:15. Get off tram in city, only about 35 minutes later than usual. Thank the tram driver, who after all had got me to work.
Not too bad in the grand scheme of things.
Who else has storm stories?