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Unread 09-03-2006, 09:21   #1
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Default Carriage skips GCD

I was on the 18.20 from Blackrock yesterday, as we pulled into Grand Canal Dock, the DART didn't slow down properly. By the time we came to a complete stop, my carriage, the front one, and I would think the second one, had passed the platform. The train didn't reverse back and no announcement of why was made.

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Unread 09-03-2006, 09:27   #2
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Did the doors in your car open Paul? (You should make sure to report this, the driver might be dodgy)
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Did people get out of your carriage?
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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:17   #4
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I've got some further insight from Paul

It was the 17:59 Bray Malahide
It was a Japanese built train
The speed limit at this point is 25mph

The driver of an 8 coach train can't reverse at this point, a 6 coach can. Reversing a long train would change the signal at Lansdowne Rd back to red in the face of an oncoming train

I've seen this before but only under poor conditions, a little bit of rain. In two incidents I can recall the driver did leave the braking way too late. No PA on those occasions either and that was a 4 coach train

The anti lock brakes are plain strange its great to 10mph beyond there it takes an an age to slow

Yes the train has a black box. IE will deny this happened
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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:35   #5
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Did the doors in your car open Paul? (You should make sure to report this, the driver might be dodgy)
No but I suspect I could have opened them, they made that beeping sound.

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Did people get out of your carriage?
No but I reckon I could have.

It was odd because it didn't seem to be the drivers fault (I have had a driver skip a station once, my station) I could hear the breaks squeeking, the train just didn't stop on time. As we approached the station, it seemed normal, normal slowing, no loud bangs, it just took longer than normal to come to a complete stop.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 10:42   #6
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Was there an 'L' sticker on the front window of the train?
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Unread 09-03-2006, 12:52   #7
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This is potentially very dangerous (obviously). Imagine some blind guy was alone in the car when that happened or a kid runs to the door and is too short to see out the window before pressing the button and stepping out into the abyss. Even a sighted adult could come a cropper at night with this carry on.

Can we contact the IRSC or whoever about this? It's an accident waiting to happen is this.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 12:57   #8
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The driver of an 8 coach train can't reverse at this point, a 6 coach can. Reversing a long train would change the signal at Lansdowne Rd back to red in the face of an oncoming train
Would that not be safer than hitting the door unlock button with 2 cars beyond the platform and not even making a PA to move down the train?

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I've seen this before but only under poor conditions, a little bit of rain. In two incidents I can recall the driver did leave the braking way too late. No PA on those occasions either and that was a 4 coach train
And these guys were complaining about a new safety regime-no wonder!

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Yes the train has a black box. IE will deny this happened
Can the black box record exactly where the train stopped? Can IE delete what's on it? Do the IRSC have access to the black box like the CAA would with an aircraft incident?
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Unread 09-03-2006, 13:26   #9
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You can't set back generally without permission of the signaller, normal procedure is the call the signaller request permission, change ends move back then change again that proceedure is followed. You can't go back if there is a train behind (there is one timetabled 5 minutes behind which can be only 300m at time)

Due to the track layout at GCD setting back is tricky as the overlap beyond the signal before GCD is 20m up the platform so setting back would set the signal at Lansdowne Rd to red thus possibly causing a SPAD incident thus requiring the signaller to take control.

The black box records distance, acceleration, braking, postion of the controller handle, antilock brake state and the ATP state it also records the door interlock state so it would be possible to prove an overshoot and that the doors opened. ITs based on establishing a datum point eg Lansdowne Rd stop. The box has a limited storage capacity and unless we have the coach number we are stuffed.

Yes this is a breech of safety
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And yes uinlike IE they will write back

If I was on board I would have got out (I know what I am doing) and took the photo and opted for the walk to Pearse. Evidence is key coach number train composition, opinion on approach speed

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If I was on board I would have got out (I know what I am doing) and took the photo and opted for the walk to Pearse. Evidence is key coach number train composition, opinion on approach speed
It ocurred to me just after that I should have done this, I was kind of shocked it didn't move back.

Whatever about signalling issues, Philip make a good point, someone could have been injured.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 14:14   #11
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Screw the car number-the average joe doesn't even know cars have numbers. Write to the IRSC Paul and explain what happened. Let them ask the awkward questions of IE. This is bang out of order. Imagine this happened at P7 Connolly Northbound-you could step out in front of a southbound train!! The IRSC need to know this stuff is happening.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 14:37   #12
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Proof is essential the coach number provides an instant hit as we then now the type its history can be traced, the on train data recorder can be pulled etc. You are dealing with Irish Rail here plausible deniability is there key mantra. It didn't happen. I've been told that before

I've had fun with IE in the past on safety issues specifics are very very useful

Given the layout of GCD its all but impossible to go wrong

If it happened I would have head out door, shout the inevitable question "Are you going to set back ?" and then in a calm and safe manner climb down just to make the point and quickly get to the platform to nab the photo

There was a case in Dalkey some time back on a manual door train

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Unread 09-03-2006, 14:55   #13
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I agree with Mark that proof would be essential and I have none.

Still though, I think I will write to the IRSC. I feel I would be failing my duty (as member of a passenger lobby group) by not doing this.

Who wants to write it for me?
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Unread 09-03-2006, 15:14   #14
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Nobody's going to court for this-we just want corrective actions taken so it doesn't happen again so we don't need proof beyond reasonable doubt. The IRSC won't know IE drivers have problems stopping trains unless they are informed. Picture the scene;

IRSC guy;"We've had a report about the 17.59 ex Bray overshooting the platform etc. Can we see the black box data please?"
IE guy;"No can do bud, you need the coach number"
IRSC guy;"Find out what set was rostered on that train and find out which coaches led the formation or we'll find out for you"
IE guy;"Ok Ok bud"

If even they make IE aware that they are aware of the issue and are keeping an eye on it it's a job well done. It's not our job as P11 to predict that because IE's response (or lack of) will be lack-lustre and hence do nothing about it, it's our jb to hang 'em out to dry when they're potentially putting people in serious harms way. Even stepping off the train could break an ankle/wrist, particularly in the elderly.
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Nobody's going to court for this-we just want corrective actions taken so it doesn't happen again so we don't need proof beyond reasonable doubt. The IRSC won't know IE drivers have problems stopping trains unless they are informed.
I agree Philip. I would like to say I have proof but I don't. I feel me not writing to the IRSC ensures nothing gets done. Me writing may get something done.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 16:15   #16
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Yeah, I know it's a pain writing to people who don't seem to care but maybe the IRSC will do summat, we can but hope

Send it registered post if you can do that for free from work.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 21:21   #17
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Actually the blackbox from the rear unit would do. Put simply at this stage it has been overwritten.

If the RSC was to take formal action there would have to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt concerning the events. Remember we need to help the RSC as much as possible. Time is critical to ensure a result.

The majority of incidents are human error, the two overshoots I witnessed where human error in my opinion, after 22 years you get to know the braking points

The last time I had a safety issue (couldn't get out) I calmly noted the coach number. IE denied it happened, there was no entry on the report card (specific to the unit number). Train was subsequently seen by myself in Inchicore 2 weeks later
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Unread 09-03-2006, 21:28   #18
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They could demand platform CCTV tapes too, they would show any overshoot. What about on train CCTV?

The IRSC are pretty useless if they can't investigate an issue raised by an ordinary member of the public.
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Unread 09-03-2006, 22:04   #19
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The train in question has fantastic CCTV equipment but no camera angle looks outside, again the system has limited time capacity so it would recycle hard disk space overwritten oldest first. Platform CCTV is not provided at GCD

In the event of a rail safety incident or witnessing a defect on a train the first port of call is the driver, guard or the first member of station staff you find. Note the evening before the still unexplained Potters Bar derailment in London a passenger had reported a rough ride at that point.

To there credit the one time I had to report a incident, missing pantograph wipper blade the member of staff confirmed the train details with me and picked up the phone.

Details or no details each incident should be reported and an overshoot of a suburban type train is serious my point is (and having read too many accident reports) is the truth gets lost in a muddle of poor inconsistent evidence.
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An aircraft black box (even a 20 year old one) is capable of recording days of data. Just how much capacity does the IE black box have?
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