North East Line to Standard Gauge

 
  steaming Locomotive Driver

Countrylink were due to resume pass operations as from today  to SC , with some speeed restricted running.

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  cfclael57 Chief Commissioner

Location: The signalbox
What is the status of old Wodonga? Has the old infrastructure been removed yet or is it all still sitting forlorn and neglected?
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Probably removed and locked up away from people who might decide to steal it.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

What is the hold up with the converted line?  They converted the line very quickly, in the heat of the summer the poor sods.  Then, have left it rusting ever since.  I wonder why the XPT at the very least could not have used the line?  I don't think it is good enough how long the passenger service has been shelved either.
Packa
"packa"


The hold up appears to be mainly due to the signalling. The design of this has been a very moving target for at least the last year. From what I understand the system currently installed is closer to what Vic wanted than what ARTC wished to install. That is no one is completely happy with it but all are willing to bend a bit in order to get the line into traffic.

Why it has taken everyone this long to come to some sort of agreement remains a mystery. Although the old saying "If stupidity is a sufficient explanation there is no need to resort to any other" could easily apply.

Now I do not like writing that last paragraph but the delay really is beyond reason.

Woodford
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
What is the status of old Wodonga? Has the old infrastructure been removed yet or is it all still sitting forlorn and neglected?
"cfclael57"


The grass and weeds are moving In and taking over
  woodford Chief Commissioner

New Wodonga station,
Still plenty of workers running around the place.
Building now looks to be complete, it appears a good bit of fiiting out has been done inside, including what looks to be a TV aerial on the roof.

Platform has not been surfaced and the fence is not complete but a shelter of some sort has been built towards the Albury end of the platform and the light stands have been erected.

The car park looks to be nearly complete including planting. Some landscapeing was still going on. The bus lane and bay area looks as though it still needs surfacing but this is within the building work area at this stage.


Chiltern,
The West line platform has been given a new surface and has had that yellow and red plastic matting put on it.

The East line on the level crossing just up of the station was being worked on today. The track had been lifted and all the ballast removed, new ballast put in and new rail. I can only assume this level crossing did not have 60Kg rail on it.

Signalling,
The concrete bases for the new signals have been dropped off at least to as far as Springhurst. Work was under way installing these at two sites near Glenrowan. First just south of the town at the start of the loop second was near the level crossing Benalla side.

At Benalla all signals and it appears all the wiring including track circuit has been done. All that appears to be needed is the equipment cabins/ cabinets for the switching.

West line level crossings,
It appears commissioning of theses was being done in the Benalla area today. In the morning all five crossings were maned and the loco 8122 was making runs both ways through them. This afternoon the same thing was being done at the crossing Benalla side of Glenrowan. 8122 had a driver both ends and took no time to change direction unfortunately by the time I got into position for a photo they had finished the testing. Murphy strikes again.

East line track repair,
This is going on through out the length of the track from Broadmedows to at least Barnawatha. It appears the track is being closely monitored and the worst areas are being done as earlly as possible. A team was at work just south of Chiltern. So far I have seen four separate teams at work.

Woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Note on the rail cleaning, at Chiltern there is clear marks (the rails had quite a good polish on them) on the West line through the platform of recent traffic so it looks as though 8122 was going all the way to Wodonga.

Woodford
  packa Junior Train Controller

Just on 8122,  It ran over Barnawartha crossing a number of times on the weekend and perhaps made it to MCoy street Xing near Wodonga.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Will the new Wodonga Station be named Wodonga
(as per what happened to Sale In 1983)

Going by postcode boundarys In the VICROADS Directory
the new station Is clearly In Wodonga and not Wodonga West.
  toxation Chief Commissioner

Location: Cobram, Victoria
What is the status of old Wodonga? Has the old infrastructure been removed yet or is it all still sitting forlorn and neglected?
"cfclael57"


VicTrack had a tender in Wednesday's Herald Sun last week calling for suitably abled organisations for the removal of rail infrastructure in the centre of Wodonga, including removal of level crossings and calling for the paving of roads to 'council standards'.

So still a while to go before anything happens.
  dkaarma Chief Train Controller

OT (and maybe it's just me) but did anyone else see the first post on the last page and thought it was a new thread?
Surprised
  Murasaki Chief Train Controller

Location: Going sideways... in carriage DET-9216 (>ω<)
Will the new Wodonga Station be named Wodonga (as per what happened to Sale In 1983)
"Nightfire"


I asked a similar question on Page 200 (the 2988th post over all). The station will assume the name Wodonga, in spite of its relocation. Didn't know about the Wodonga West / Wodonga border bit, though.
  packa Junior Train Controller

This NE thread has had some popularity over its time.  It has had more views than all the stickies combined Smile

If anyones interested, A story on the work seen on Prime Albury last night.
http://wodonga.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/prime-news/trains-back-on-track-video
  brasstrain Banned

Location: Banned
Hmm. Prime seems to think the new track is for Victorian trains.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Hmm. Prime seems to think the new track is for Victorian trains.
"brasstrain"

Well the new track is the old Victorian track upgraded in their minds, so it must be for Victorian trains!  Rolling Eyes
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
Regarding when the converted line comes into use; from ARTC website;


New North East Line Carries First Trains

Freight trains and limited XPT passenger trains will next week make their debut on the new North East Victorian rail line between Seymour and Wodonga.

Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC), Chief Executive Officer, David Marchant, said that as from September 20th limited services would run for eight to ten weeks on the rail line that was converted from broad gauge to standard gauge.

“For this period there will be four services a day on what we describe as the ‘western line’ between Seymour and the Murray River,” Mr Marchant said.

“This is not the opening of the line but it is an opportunity for us to run trains on the new track and give us some space during the day to continue our expedited maintenance of the original standard gauge track.

“We’ll still be running trains on the original standard gauge track so for this short period of time there will be trains on both tracks.”

“It’s also important to note that due to the western line being newly renovated it may take a relatively short time to ‘settle’ and could require further minor maintenance. ARTC maintenance crews will be carefully monitoring the track and rectifying any minor issues immediately.”

ARTC will also be continuing the commissioning of the new standard gauge converted track and the installation of signals.

“Because we’ll be running trains on a track that hasn’t seen trains for some time, we also want to alert motorists and the community to be careful at all level crossings between Seymour and to where the Wodonga Rail Bypass begins,” Mr Marchant said.

“Everyone can become a bit complacent and if you haven’t seen trains on a particular track for some time you may become less vigilant.

“We want everyone to treat every level crossing with care, look out for trains and cross only when it’s safe.”

The regauging of the track, work around stations and other rail upgrades are part of the $612 million North East Rail Revitalisation Project, a joint initiative of the Victorian and Australian Governments and Australian Rail Track Corporation. The project, which is nearing completion, will result in a double track standard gauge rail link between Seymour and Albury, which, along with the Wodonga Rail Bypass (a joint Victorian-Australia Government project), will usher in a new era for rail transport.



http://www.artc.com.au/Article/Detail.aspx?p=6&id=300
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The level crossing at Bowser was being work on to day, I assume this is the same as at Chiltern Yesterday that is putting in 60Kg rail.

Woodford
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

The East (Original) sg line is to be re-laid in 60 kg rail by ARTC soon from midway Melb-Seymour through to Wodonga . So any East line lx that are currently creating SR problems currently getting attended to will have the track structure through the rehabilitated level crossing constructed with 60 kg rail .
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The East (Original) sg line is to be re-laid in 60 kg rail by ARTC soon from midway Melb-Seymour through to Wodonga . So any East line lx that are currently creating SR problems currently getting attended to will have the track structure through the rehabilitated level crossing constructed with 60 kg rail .
"kuldalai"


Yes, A good portion of the East lines lx have already had 60Kg rail installed. I assume they are currently doing the ones that have not been so treated.
PS, All of the West lines lx are 60kg rail (I think). They were done during the gauge conversion.

Woodford
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The East (Original) sg line is to be re-laid in 60 kg rail by ARTC soon from midway Melb-Seymour through to Wodonga . So any East line lx that are currently creating SR problems currently getting attended to will have the track structure through the rehabilitated level crossing constructed with 60 kg rail .
"kuldalai"


That would be Tallarook to Wodonga.
  r707 Chief Commissioner

Location: Here
Countrylink were due to resume pass operations as from today  to SC , with some speeed restricted running.
"steaming"


Sighted the morning Melbourne-bound XPT at Broadmeadows this morning at 07:27
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

The level crossing at Bowser was being work on to day, I assume this is the same as at Chiltern Yesterday that is putting in 60Kg rail.

Woodford
"woodford"


Any idea how much 60kg rail is being laid?
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
The level crossing at Bowser was being work on to day, I assume this is the same as at Chiltern Yesterday that is putting in 60Kg rail.

Woodford
"woodford"


Any idea how much 60kg rail is being laid?
"Duncs"


More than likely 220m per crossing which is 2 standard 110m legs.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

At Chiltern it was around 25 to 30 metres or so, at the time I was at Bowser they had not yet removed the old rail so I did not see how much was being replaced but they looked to be working on around the same length.

When they did the West lines crossings they only used enough 60Kg rail to cover the road plus around 4 to 6 metres.

I will keep an eye out I assume they will be doing all crossings that are not 60Kg rail.


Woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Note: in recent years around the NE any level crossing work that has gone has usually resulted in 60Kg rail being used.

Woodford

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