nikolai wrote:Just out of curiosity, is it worth making a count of those of us intending to take our bikes up on the train? I'm happy to call VLine and make sure there will actually be room if we can get an idea of number.
What you think barefeet?
I'm very deliberately staying out of the logistical side of getting people here, other than wishing you all good luck.
If you want to start a train list, go right ahead.
If you want negotiate carpooling options among yourselves, that would be a good idea (there's already one carload being organised through http://cocoride.com.au/ ).
Not sure about calling Vline - they'll probably refer you to http://www.vline.com.au/journey/whatyou ... bikes.html (or just recite those rules to you over the phone), and maybe even make sure there's an extra somebody there on the day to enforce the rules.
I know it's a bit different when there's a group of cyclists on the platform, but I've seen more than one conductor walk through a peak-hour train waiting to depart, see a massively over-filled bike corral, pause and take a breath, shake his head and keep walking. As long as you're on board and the bikes aren't causing a safety hazard, they're more likely to turn a blind eye than to make a fuss.
If it looks like there might be too many bikes on the day, consider whether a similar number of separated framesets and wheelsets might look smaller and pack in to the train more tightly
If all else fails, catch the next train (1 hour later), get off at Ballan, and ride toward Ballarat via Gordon, Wallace, Bungaree to meet us (I'll release a map and GPX of the route soon). My guess is you'd bump into us at about Wallace.
My phone is 0413 530030 in case any plans B, C or Z need to be made on the day.