Train conductor whistle returns

ALL ABOARD: V/Line train conductor Mandy Johns signals commuters the Ballarat train is about to leave the station. Picture: Kate Healy

ALL ABOARD: V/Line train conductor Mandy Johns signals commuters the Ballarat train is about to leave the station. Picture: Kate Healy

V/Line train conductors have gone old school with the use of whistles to signal a train’s departure from regional stations.

Older commuters will be reminded of an older era before the practice was stopped.

The company has revived the whistle to help keep trains running on schedule on the regional network.

A whistle will let customers know of a service’s impending departure from Ballarat Station.

V/Line spokesperson Catalina Filip said the company was committed to improving time performance and ensuring trains departed on time.

“With more and more people using the Ballarat line, this is a way we can work together with customers to ensure boarding is safe and efficient,” she said.

“We’re committed to improving our on time performance and this is one of the ways we’re working towards departing trains on time.”

Commuters should also spread out on the platform, use all the doors and move to the middle of the carriage.

A conductor will blow the whistle to signal doors are ready to close.