Sydney Buses Route of the Week 14

Today our request comes from Lachlan Culverhouse, it is of the L94

The L94 is limited stops variant of route 394. It runs between Circular Quay and La Perouse via Taylor Square, UNSW, Maroubra and Little Bay. It stops at limited stops from Circular Quay to Maroubra Junction then all stops to La Perouse. The stopping pattern is as follows;

  • Circular Quay
  • Martin Place
  • St James
  • Museum
  • Taylor Square
  • Abbotsford Street
  • Todman Avenue
  • UNSW
  • Nine Ways
  • Avoca Street
  • Maroubra Junction
  • All Stops to La Perouse

It operates daily between 6am and 6pm inbound, 8am and 7pm outbound. Buses run every on a 15 minute frequency Monday through Saturday, with a half hourly frequency on Sunday. It takes between 45 and 55 minutes to operate the series end to end.

The route is operated by Port Botany depot using 12m buses with Mercedes Benz or Scania Chassis with Custom Coaches or Bustech bodywork respectively. In addition, a large number if services is operated by 14.5 m high floor buses with Scania Chassis and Ansair bodywork. A limited number of peak hour services are operated by Randwick Depot using buses with Volvo chassis and Custom Coaches bodywork

Aviation Avenue 2

Today we are looking at the Qantas 787 and where it will be flying.

There are two routes that have been confirmed for the Qantas Boeing 787 

  • QF9/10 Melbourne-Perth-London
  • QF93/94/95/96 Melbourne-Los Angeles

When the 787 first arrives in October 2017, it will likely fly various proving routes on domestic flights, thses are likely to be on the following routes

  • Sydney-Melbourne
  • Sydney-Perth
  • Melbourne-Perth

After these flights, once the second 787 in December 2017 arrives, they will take over QF96/96 on a daily basis from the 747s that currently operate the service which will be retired. When the third 787 arrives in Feburary 2018, it will be rostered onto QF93/94 three days a week, with the A380 currently used on the service put on QF127/128 Sydney-Hong Kong three days a week. 

Once the fourth 787 arrives in March, all four 787s will be rostered onto the following pattern; Melbourne-Perth-London-Perth-Melbourne-Los Angeles-Melbourne. These flights will have the following flight numbers; QF9-QF9-QF10-QF10-QF95-QF96

The other four 787s are expected to arrive in the second half of 2017. Whilst it hasn’t yet been reported what routes these aircraft will fly, there is wide spectulation on what routes that they will fly. The most popular theory is that they fly a similar pattern to the first four, but using Brisbane as the east coast node instead of Melbourne. This would mean that QF15/16 Brisbane-Los Angeles will be operated by the 787 as well as a Brisbane-Perth-Europe route. The European port is likely to be one of four options based on comments made by Qantas executive and passenger demand.

  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Berlin
  • Rome

Beyond this it is likely that Qantas will order more 787s that will replace the 747s that Qantas currently operates. This could lead to the following flights becoming partially or fully operated by 787s. This is dependent on how many 787s Qantas orders with 7 more at the very least being likely and regulatory restrictions on two engine aircraft (ETOPS) are lifted or modified.

  • QF25/26 Sydney-Tokyo
  • QF27/28 Sydney-Santiago (ETOPS dependent)
  • QF63/64 Sydney-Johannesburg (ETOPS dependent)
  • QF73/74 Sydney-San Francisco
  • QF74/75 Sydney-Vancouver (Move from seasonal to year round rumoured)
  • QF127/128 Sydney-Hong Kong (Qantas plans to operate A380s 3-4x per week)

Other new routes that have been suggested could operate with these aircraft in the future include.

  • Melbourne-Dallas Fort Worth
  • Sydney-Chicago

Ferry Friday 14

Today we are looking at the final ferry type in the Sydney Ferries fleet. The new Inner Harbour ferries, they have been coquially called the Hertiage or Emerald class but no offfical name has been given.

This class of ferry is being built by Incat in Tasmania. The first ferry “Catherine Hamlin” was delivered in December 2016, however due to manufacture faults is yet to enter service. The second ferry delivered and first to enter service was “Fred Hollows”, it was delivered in March 2017 and entered service in June 2017. The third ferry “Victor Chang” was delivered in June 2017 but is yet to enter service.

The new ferries are expected to operate on the F4 Darling Harbour, F5 Mosman Bay, F6 Neutral Bay and F7 Rose Bay services. 

Features of the new ferries include;

  • Capacity for up to 400 passengers
  • Two wide walk-around decks
  • Accessibility for the less mobile and young families
  • Bicycle and luggage storage
  • Wi-fi access
  • Real time journey information
  • 12 wheelchair spaces
  • Rapid and safe boarding
  • Reduced travel times

On a more technical aspect the ferries travel at 26 knots and are 36.38 metres long. They have a displacement of approximately 50 tons depending on passenger numbers.

Train Talk Tuesday 13

This week we will be looking at the Cronulla Branchline. 
It is 10km long and runs between Sutherland and Cronulla with 6 stations on the line. The stations are located at Kirrawee, Gymea, Miranda, Garingbah, Wooloware and Cronulla.
The Cronulla Railway line oriinated as a tram line between Sutherland and Cronulla along the Kingsway. It was very congest and only single track and by the 1930s had outgrown its use. After its closure in 1932, planning for a rail line began. Various delays ensued but it finally opened on 16 December 1939. It was initally a single track with passing loops, and was depicted between Gymea and Caringbah in the 1980s. The rest of then line was duplicated in the early 2000s as part of the Clearways program.
Today trains run on the line as part of Sydney Trains T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line using T-Sets based at Mortdale depot.

Sydney Buses Route of the Week 13

Today our request comes from Jamie C and Margot C. It is for Route 377 which runs between Maroubra Beach and City Circular Quay via South Coogee, Randwick, Moore Park and Taylor Square. A small number of saturday morning trips begin at Randwick Depot instead of dead running to Maroubra Beach.

It operates between 5am and 1am daily. It has a frequency of 10-15 minutes in Peak hour, 30 minutes off peak and on weekends. It takes between 35 and 55 minutes to run from end to end depending in time of day and traffic conditions.

It is usually operated by Randwick Depot using buses with Volvo and Scania chassis and Custom Coaches bodywork. During peak hour this is supplemented by Port Botany depot.

Tram Tracks 3

Welcome to July and another instalment of Tram Tracks. Light Rail construction is well underway throughout the entirety of the Sydney CBD and South East with work underway in most construction zones with the expecting of Chambers Street at Central Station.

Over 10 kilometres of track has now been laid including along Alison Road in Randwick, ANZAC Parade through Kensingtonand on George Street in the Northern CBD. This includes the pavers and third track through the CBD. Tracklaying works remain ongoing and are now being completed daily. It is understood that a majority of utilities works are now complete wth some minor work in zones that are yet to commence construction still to go.

In addition, traffic changes are continuing throughout the city. George Street is now permentkly closed between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street and Rawson Place is also permently closed. The Nine Ways Roundabout in Kingsford has now been removed and replaced with traffic lights for light rail.