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We all know a bird strike can take down a plane, well today one took down a train, as it approached Rockingham. Train was last seen as a 9 car set, with the lead set a dead duck.
?? What size bird (pterodactyl?) and what did it take out to cause the failure?

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Make and model of the bird is unknown to this reporter.
Apparently the bird didn't do any damage, but instead caused a short circuit, which prevented the raising of the pantograph. On inspection it was found the bird had dislodged, and the pants could be raised (bird must have moved during the rescue mission). The train was last seen out of service (with panto raised), heading north for presumably further inspection.
(27-Apr-2014, 11:21 PM)agreencow Wrote: [ -> ]Make and model of the bird is unknown to this reporter.
Apparently the bird didn't do any damage, but instead caused a short circuit, which prevented the raising of the pantograph. On inspection it was found the bird had dislodged, and the pants could be raised (bird must have moved during the rescue mission). The train was last seen out of service (with panto raised), heading north for presumably further inspection.

Reminds me of that old ad that said "One day you're gonna get caught with your pants down"! :lol
The retrofitting of the B series trains, so they can be coupled to the B series trains has begun. Units that are compatible have a zero added to their number.
For those who don't know, the original B series, up to Number 79 can't attach electrically to the B series 80-94, because a different computer system is used. Likewise sets 95 and above (the new trains) can't electrically couple to either of the other two B series. Set 88 is the first one seen with the new 4088 or 5088 number (depending on direction of travel). I've seen it running on it's own, and coupled to 95 or 96.

Apparently 97 and 98 are now in WA, but I haven't seen them on the system yet. 98 apparently recieved a fresh paint job on the way over, at some point.
Saw today that set 82 has also been converted. That would mean about one a month being done, along with new sets arriving about once a month. At that rate it will be three years to have all the B series compatible with each other.
Set 97 was seen out and about testing today.
Set 93 has had it's "0" modifications done. That means it can now run with the newer units.
Set 90 seen running around with it's zero modification.
Unconfirmed reports that the AvonLink derailed when leaving East Perth terminal last Friday. Word is there was a points failure, and from there 2+2+2=5.
Set 99 seen today, still needing a bit of bling added to it.
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