SWRL Construction Progress

 
  chuffa Junior Train Controller

Any updates? I belive 8klm of track has been put in.

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  Keith1954 Junior Train Controller

Location: Macarthur
On Thursday before Easter I noticed that track was added to the East Hills side of the Glenfield flyover.
It will be interesting to see if it gets commissioned over the weekend as there is track work for 4 days.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
On Thursday before Easter I noticed that track was added to the East Hills side of the Glenfield flyover.
It will be interesting to see if it gets commissioned over the weekend as there is track work for 4 days.
"Keith1954"


Haven't noticed anything about that track but nothing gets commissioned before the new timetable comes out later this year. Only the SSFL got commissioned since its primarily for private freight interests.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Photo of Edmonson Park station concourse under construction in this month's update
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/projects/SWRL_GLRL_Construction_Update_April_2013.pdf
  maestro Junior Train Controller

I took some more photos earlier today. Again, I am amazed at the progress that has been made considering the amount of time before this is supposed to come online.


Just west of Hume Hwy facing west. Ingleburn Gardens Drive has been dug up. The bridge (not shown, behind the camera) on the road immediately to the west of the Hume looks to be nearly finished. Unfortunately, since the road has been dug up, I wasn't able to get a shot of the tunnel under the Hume.


From the new Rickard Rd bridge looking east, at full zoom. Leppington station (stair wells are visible). The trucks in the middle of the photo are digging where Dickson Rd used to be.


From the exact same place (Rickard Rd bridge looking east), but at full wide-angle. Leppington station in distant background. Looks to be almost ready for track, they've even put in most of the overhead staunchions.


From the new Rickard Rd bridge looking west. Rossmore stabling yard showing track, overhead staunchions and even a couple of points in the track at the yard entry.
  8603 Locomotive Driver

Location: Canberra
Fantastic photos, Maestro.

Thanks for keeping us updated.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

The May construction update is out. There is an aerial photo showing Leppington station and the Rickard Rd Bridge.
SWRL Current Works

I'll try and summarise from the document (including what I have seen previously). In order from Glenfield to Rossmore...
  • Glenfield South flyover - In May, preparation works for rail installation
  • Macquarie links drive overbridge - Completed in March. They are talking about a water main relocation in May.
  • Hume Highway tunnel - In April they basically said that the tunneling was complete and services would be installed mid-late April. No mention in the May report.
  • Ingleburn gardens bridge - Will open to traffic in mid May.
  • Campbelltown rd bridge - "Nearing completion" in May (April report said completed in mid March)
  • Edmondson Park Station - Construction of concourses, bridges, canopies and steelwork underway during May
  • Camden valley way underbridge - "Nearing completion" in May
  • Cowpasture rd viaduct - "completion" and "finishing" works during May
  • Byron Rd underbridge - Due for completion mid-May (although Byron rd doesn't actually cross the rail corridor, I am guessing this is for future expansion)
  • Rickard Rd overbridge - Still closed due to construction, possibly taking longer due to its proximity to Leppington station.
  • Leppington Station - Construction of concourses, bridges, canopies and steelwork underway during May
  • Dickson Rd overbridge - Road closed in March for construction to commence.
  • Eastwood Rd overbridge - Completed and open for traffic from March.
  • Rossmore stabling yard - rail, overhead wiring footings and signal installation underway in May


Some works along the entire rail corridor in May include...
  • Continued installation of overhead wiring footings and structures.
  • Signalling construction including cabling and air mains.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

The June construction update is out. There is an aerial photo showing the Hume highway underpass
SWRL Current Works

June looks to be an interesting month with lots of visible things happening (some should have already started in late May). These include...
  • Track and ballast installation starting at the Glenfield end of the SWRL track (southern flyover).
  • Overhead catenary being installed around Glenfiled on 15&16 June (unsure if for platform 4, the northern flyover, or both)
  • 8 trains delivering 110m lengths of rail to Glenfield at night over a 5 week period.
  • Now 10 of the 14 road/rail crossings have been completed.

I'll try and summarise from the document (including what I have seen previously). In order from Glenfield to Rossmore...
  • Glenfield South flyover - Ballast, sleepers and rail to be installed from June.
  • Macquarie links drive overbridge - Completed
  • Hume Highway tunnel - Completed
  • Ingleburn gardens bridge - Open to traffic
  • Campbelltown rd bridge - Completed
  • Edmondson Park Station east bridge - Due to be completed late June. Some roadwork in June/July to connect this to Croatia Ave.
  • Edmondson Park Station - Construction of buildings and platform works during June
  • Camden valley way underbridge - Completed
  • Cowpasture rd viaduct - "completion" and "finishing" works during May. No mention in June except that road shoulders are still closed.
  • Byron Rd underbridge - Completed (although Byron rd doesn't actually cross the rail corridor, I am guessing this is for future expansion)
  • Rickard Rd overbridge - Still closed due to construction, possibly taking longer due to its proximity to Leppington station.
  • Leppington Station - Construction of buildings and platform works during June. Construction of Southern carpark from June to August.
  • Dickson Rd overbridge - Road closed in March for construction to commence. Substructure & retaining wall works in June.
  • Eastwood Rd overbridge - Completed
  • Rossmore stabling yard - Track tamping and overhead wiring installation in June. Various buildings, carparks & fencing work in June.


Some works along the entire rail corridor in June include...
  • Delivery of ballast and concrete sleepers.

Rail deliveries will occur at night commencing 20 May – There will be 8 deliveries in total over five weeks.

Delivery of 110 metre lengths of track via rail to Glenfield Junction. Track construction starting 22 May from the Glenfield end of project. “Bottom ballast” (first layer of crushed rock) will be placed along the corridor. Packs of precast concrete sleepers will then be distributed along the corridor using a front end loader, and excavators will place them on the bottom ballast. Lengths of rail will also be delivered by Rail Set (a train with wagons designed to carry rail) to the site via Glenfield overnight to avoid any disruption to passenger services. These deliveries will occur on weeknights for five-weeks, totalling 8 train deliveries and 16 train movements. .
SWRL community update

If anyone has a chance to take some photos of this activity, can you please link to them from this thread.
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Confused about what they mean with track and ballast installation on the Glenfield end flyovers. There's already ballast and track laid all the way from the station to up pretty close to the hume highway tunnel. There's also OHW already installed from about halfway up e flyover ramps to near the highway too. There's just a section missing from the flyover to the platforms and all the way along the new track for P4. Apart from connecting up the points to the current mains on the southern end of the platform, they could run trains a fair way up the new SWRL branch already. There is a set of points being built just near Mac Fields again, maybe for use here too.

Hmmmm.. Thinking aloud here - wonder if the rail and ballast trains will be heading up the mains to Glenfield and then reversing up the flyover tracks to drop it off closer to the constuction site? Even with the track already installed, if the took out the buffer stop at the end of P1 they could run the train up from the south, take the new points to the run around tracks, stop on P1 and then reverse up the flyover, or if the install the missing set of points onP2 the could run the loco around the platform and pull it up the flyover.
  ivahri Train Controller

A quick question.... does anyone know when the northern flyover at Glenfield will be commissioned?

Cheers


Richard
  maestro Junior Train Controller

A quick question.... does anyone know when the northern flyover at Glenfield will be commissioned?
ivahri

It should be before the October timetable comes in, Looking at the trackwork calendar, it would either be on Sep 21/22, or June 15/16. The June update document mentions track tamping and overhead installation, it doesn't mention new track to join up the northern flyover. I guess we'll see in two weeks.
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
According to the original Glenfield Junction documents, when the northern flyover is connected up, the existing rail for the up side will be severed and removed - ie no points put in at the end of the flyover to meet the new track. Doing that assumes major operational changes - such as swapping the use of P1 and P2 and bringing in the southern track into P1 so that Campbelltown trains can get in there and then depart over the flyover while the terminators head straight up the current mains. Right now, very often you get both P1 and P2 departing together or you get something leaving on P2 city-bound while a Glenfield-bound terminator is coming the other way at it onto P1. You couldn't online the flyover without the other infrastructure without major issues there. Assuming that plan still is current thinking, there's no way they could commission the northern flyover in a couple of weeks as it would require the other big operational changes to go with it. It would have to be the late September or first week of October to match with the new timetable.

I asked a similar question in the timetable thread but didn't get any answers. The only way we'll know if anything will be commissioned for then is by looking at that draft timetable. I can't read it well enough to know if that's what they are intending to do.

Update: Found the docs with the northern flyover plans:

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/projects/TIDC_SWRL_GTI_SubmissionsReport_Part1-2_2009_April.pdf

Look at the tracks just north of the station on pages 16-18 - if you come from the south on P2, there's no access to the flyover. You have to come in on P1. There's no reason to commission the flyover unless you're going to completely change the operation of the platforms, so it will require some major timetable changes in order to be commissioned because of the above-mentioned conflicting moves in the current timetable.

If you're going to terminate trains on P2 and leave them sitting there for a while, that's going to cause all sorts of fun problems with other line usage, such as freighters etc. You'd probably need to have the up section of the southern flyover commissioned so that you could drop the passengers, run the train up the flyover, driver change ends and then bring it back down on either P1 or P2 as needed to get it out of the way of other users.
  ivahri Train Controller

Yesterday I noticed that there is an uncommissioned cross over just north of the station from the existing up line to the existing line serving platform 1 & the new northern fly-over. I'm not sure I understand why, once these points are commissioned that a train from platform 2 could not cross, and then take the new fly-over. Not sure why that would impact on platform 1 terminators to any great degree (other than increased conflicting movements- but then that would be off-set by the reduced conflict with traffic on the down line.

Whatever the timing may be the progress they are making is quite impressive... not much of the little country station that Glenfield once was is left... well actually there is nothing left except in pictures & our memories.

Cheers


Richard
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Heh, I just noticed that too as i was sitting right across from them while wiaiting for the points that failed. That wasn't in the plans obviously /sheepish grin.

Definitely lots of conflicting moves given the current timetable, but new time table might give some separation, but you wouldn't gain much except for no longer having to wait for any down trains coming from Liverpool.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

I do seem to remember nearmap showing a few crossovers that weren't on the plans that jcouch is referring to. If that is the case, then there should be no issue at all opening the Northern flyover early. The conflicting movements on the up should be no different to what they currently are and, as you say, there will be no more conflicts with the down. It will be interesting to see what they do next weekend.

I, too, am amazed at the progress. Not just at Glenfield, but along the entire line. The vast majority of the bridges are complete, and the corridor appears largely complete to the point where can lay tracks. There are tracks and catenary going up in the Rossmore stabling yard. The electrical substations are well under way, and the stations appear to have pretty much all the civil work completed and they're just putting in the station walls, roofs, and carparks.

I realise that there is still a long list of things to finish (tracks, overhead, signalling, communications, power distribution, testing & commissioning) and the stations need to be fitted out (such as tiling, lifts, toilets, communications, signage, ticket machines, etc), but at the rate they're going it looks as if they could finish it by the end of the year... OK, that may be a tad optimistic, but the project website still claims that the line will be open in 2016... That's three years away! I'm wondering when they'll update the official opening date (they've already said that it's ahead of schedule, just not by how much).
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Somewhere up thread the claim was 6 months ahead of schedule. I'd say more than that, and that there's probably a hefty early completion bonus in there somewhere Smile

From what I've been told a while ago a family friend that is one of the civil engineers working on the project - the main limitation on completion is the lack of signaling engineers. Same reason why the K2RQ took such a long time to get from everything appearing to be complete, to actual commissioning.
  Murasaki Chief Train Controller

Location: Going sideways... in carriage DET-9216 (>ω<)
...they've already said that it's ahead of schedule, just not by how much...
"Part of what maestro"

As far ahead of schedule as Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate had increased in size, perhaps? (japanese-style-emoticon-catgrin-LOL)
  Keith1954 Junior Train Controller

Location: Macarthur
I noticed this morning a turn out being constructed to the south of Glenfield.
Could this be for the join of the Leppington to join the "Up" south of platform 2?
  Silver S Set Junior Train Controller

I can't believe the progress already!
  maestro Junior Train Controller

Anyone able to see what they managed to get done over the weekend?
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Nothing that I can readily spot from the western side (not sat on east in daylight yet) Those points at mac fields are still sitting there on the side of the track.
  dreamingofanewjob Beginner

Gday everyone, new to the forum, I work on the south west rail link for John Holland and let me say things are progressing at such a pace its hard to believe the line won't be commissioned for a couple of years yet. PN 81 class with a rail delivery is on the Camden valley way bridge this morning, I have a photo but I can't upload it sorry, will try to later, thanks
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Sat on the other side of the train this morning Smile OHW was put up down the P4 side of the new track work. Nothing on the flyover, just the ground.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

Sat on the other side of the train this morning Smile OHW was put up down the P4 side of the new track work. Nothing on the flyover, just the ground.
jcouch
Thanks for the update.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

Gday everyone, new to the forum, I work on the south west rail link for John Holland and let me say things are progressing at such a pace its hard to believe the line won't be commissioned for a couple of years yet. PN 81 class with a rail delivery is on the Camden valley way bridge this morning, I have a photo but I can't upload it sorry, will try to later, thanks
dreamingofanewjob
Welcome to the forum, and thanks for the info. I had no idea that there was enough rail already laid to get a train to Camden valley way, that's about half the length of the line! I'm looking forward to your photos, too.

Do you have any details on the construction method? I assume that the rail train pulls up, they offload the entire load of rails at one spot and then use maintenance vehicles to drag them further along the corridor to where they're needed. Do they run both tracks at the same time, or do they run a single track first and then use that to unload the rails two at a time for the second track?

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