Petone Timetable

Here is a copy of the Petone pre-printed train register for September 2007, listing the trains signalled by the Petone signalman from Monday to Friday. Information on additional trains is also provided.

I also provide an example of an interesting morning - some variety but everything running nearly to schedule so that the job does not become hectic or stressful.




Trains Signalled By The Petone Signalman

These are the trains listed in the pre-printed register. Additional trains run as notified by A-Box, Taita Box or Train Control.

UP MAIN

DOWN MAIN

Train

Arrives

Departs

Train

Arrives

Departs

4608

==

0602

2603

0602

0603

4610

0614

0615

2605

==

0629

2610

==

0623

4609

0635

0636

5612

0635

0636

2607

==

0649

2614

0639

0640

5613

0652

0653

4612

==

0646

4611

0655

0656

4614

0651

0652

2609

==

0710

5616

0701

0702

1601

0711

0712

4616

0717

0718

5617

0717

0718

2618

==

0726

4613

0721

0722

5618

0728

0729

2611

==

0729

4618

0738

0739

4615

0735

0736

5620

0749

0750

5619

0743

0744

2620

==

0756

2613

==

0749

4620

==

0804

1603

0751

0752

5624

0816

0817

4617

0801

0802

2624

0818

0819

2615

==

0809

1602

0837

0838

5621

0808

0809

5626

0841

0842

4619

0816

0817

2626

0846

0847

1605

0818

0819

5628

0905

0906

2619

==

0829

2628

0916

0917

5625

0832

0833

5630

0920

0921

4621

0839

0840

2630

0946

0947

5627

0857

0858

2621

0902

0903

5629

0919

0920

2625

0932

0933

5631

0934

0935

2632

1016

1017

2627

1002

1003

5632

1020

1021

2629

1032

1033

2634

1046

1047

5633

1034

1035

2636

1116

1117

2631

1102

1103

5636

1120

1121

2633

1132

1133

2638

1146

1147

5637

1134

1135

2640

1216

1217

1607

1145

1146

5640

1220

1221

2635

1202

1203

2642

1246

1247

2637

1232

1233

1604

1307

1308

5641

1234

1235

2644

1316

1317

2639

1302

1303

5644

1320

1321

2641

1332

1333

2646

1346

1347

5645

1334

1335

2648

1416

1417

2643

1402

1403

5648

1420

1421

2645

1432

1433

2650

1446

1447

5649

1434

1435

2652

1511

1512

2647

1502

1503

5652

1520

1521

2649

1532

1533

2654

==

1536

5653

1534

1535

4654

1547

1548

2651

1607

1608

2656

==

1556

2653

==

1612

5656

1600

1601

5657

==

1614

4656

1607

1608

4655

==

1617

2658

==

1616

4657

==

1635

4658

1627

1628

2620

==

1636

5660

1640

1641

2655

1642

1643

1606

1645

1646

5661

==

1653

4660

1647

1648

4659

==

1655

2662

==

1656

2657

1702

1703

5662

1700

1701

1609

1704

1705

4662

1707

1708

2659

==

1713

2666

==

1716

5663

==

1713

5666

1720

1721

4661

==

1715

4666

1727

1728

5667

==

1733

2668

==

1738

4663

==

1735

5668

1740

1741

2661

1742

1743

1608

1745

1746

5669

==

1753

4668

1747

1748

4667

==

1755

2670

==

1756

3663

1802

1803

5672

1800

1801

5673

==

1813

4672

1807

1808

4669

==

1815

2672

==

1816

2667

1822

1823

5674

1820

1821

5675

==

1833

1610

1830

1831

4673

==

1835

4674

1832

1833

2669

1842

1843

2674

1846

1847



Key:

2XXX  Upper Hutt

4XXX  Taita

5XXX  Melling

16XX  Wairarapa Service

==  Express, but note that Melling services stop at Petone.




Timetable Comments

....

634 Wellington-Napier Freight runs Monday - Friday, usually either before or after 5616. It sometimes runs after 5618. On rare occasions it runs even later. It shunts at Upper Hutt. 634 ceased running in mid 2008 after the Manawatu Gorge tunnels were daylighted.

633 Napier-Wellington freight usually passes through Petone before the signalman arrives for work. However, sometimes this train is late and may be seen sometime after 0600. 633 ceased running in mid 2008 after the Manawatu Gorge tunnels were daylighted.

Q4 shunts Woburn, usually between 0930 and 1030 Mon-Wed-Fri. On Mondays, when 634 does not run, Q4 also makes a journey to Upper Hutt during the morning peak. Now that 634 has been cancelled Q4 can run any day Monday to Friday, often shunting both Eurocell at Upper Hutt and Hutt Shops.

Test Trains. From time to time test EMUs run from Wellington to Petone and reverse at 38 points.

Video Test Train. From time to time the overhead video recording EMU runs from Wellington to Melling, then leaves the branch onto the Up Main and continues to Upper Hutt.

Training MU. From time to time one or two training EMUs run to Upper Hutt. Other times the training trains operate on the Branch during the off-peak. Scheduled services are replaced by buses.

Light Locos. Sometimes light locos run to the Wairarapa for no obvious reason (a break down?).

SE Train  In 2008 the SE train (or Eo Train as it is more popularly known) began running. This is six refurbished (but not re-built) BR MK2 cars, classed SE, top and tailed by Eo electric locos ex the Otira tunnel. 2613, the down service, is scheduled through Petone at 0740. 2666, the up service, is scheduled through Petone at 1723. Several existing trains were renumbered when these services were introduced.

EM80  The track evaluation car checks the track every six months or so. Usually EM80 will run from Wellington to Melling, leave the Branch onto the up main and continue to Upper Hutt. Because EM80 cannot be relied on to operate track circuits special procedures must be followed to provide protection (Rule 914).

Hi-Rail Vehicles usually run within a Compulsory Stop Board work area. However, they can be authorised outside such areas by the issue of a mis 71 Track Occupancy form. I issued a mis 71 for a hi-rail vehicle to run on the Melling Branch on my very first day solo!

Headways   The minimum headway from Wellington to Taita is two minutes and from Petone to Taita two and a half minutes. (Obviously an error here which I will have to correct.) This is for trains travelling at the same speed. As the speed difference increases so does the headway. If a down express is running late an estimated margin of six minutes is necessary at Petone to run a down Melling out of order in front of the express. Anything less and the express will be checked.

Wairarapas Retimed  

0809, 0753 time etc..pinch points...pm expresses..old and new registers...




An Interesting Day

An interesting day is one in which trains run more or less to schedule but where there are a few extra events to add variety. Here are the extras on one such day in September 2007.

Blacked Out Signal.  67 signal on the Down Main, opposite the Box, was blacked out. The Down Main is usually switched out, only being switched in to get a Melling off the branch, so most trains can pass the signal on the A-Light. A Melling was coming off the branch behind 1601 so the latter train was verballed past 67 signal at stop. All other trains used the A-light. The bulb was replaced at 0752.

633 Late. A late 633 passed through Petone at 0618. Because 67 signal was blacked out the freight stopped opposite the box. The A-light was illuminated so it then proceeded in accordance with the regulations.

634 Late.  A late 634 passed Petone at 0813 after??. Conflict with Melling.....




Last Updated: Tue Nov 13 17:14:08 NZDT 2012

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