Noarlunga Line Shutdown

 
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
Thanks for those great pictures - is it just me or the crossover hasn't been put into the catenary yet?  Looks that way.  Anyway, fantastic to see it taking shape, looks like a proper urban railway now.

With regards to those signs, "Danger live overhead wires" is probably going to temp some ferals who otherwise (without the signs) probably wouldn't even be aware of them.  Oh well... as my old grandpa used to say, you'll never stop stupid people doing silly things.
don_dunstan
Hopefully when they perform this self correcting behaviour it won't involve too many other people being traumatised.

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  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

2 observations I made today which may have been pointed out already.

Track has been laid at the Goodwood station for the Noarlunga Line and I see plenty of masts past Keswick heading to Mile End. I assume from this point onwards the bulk of the electrification work on the line has commenced and we should hopefully start seeing more masts popping up over the line at a more rapid pace.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Masts are now past Edwardstown
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These are overlap masts next to the station
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Just after the crossing are the footings for balance weight masts and stays. Masts have bolted bases


The other masts are "planted" with the masts concreted into position.
  Tonsley213 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Everywhere except South Kensington
Thanks for the photos 62440

Anybody know what the silver cylinders are in the first photo? I see these everywhere.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Great pictures masts are definitely getting installed at a faster pace now. Hard to believe there is only 2 and half months left now before the line reopens
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the photos 62440

Anybody know what the silver cylinders are in the first photo? I see these everywhere.
Tonsley213

The silver cylinders are part of the subsoil drainage. Between them you will find a trench lined with geofabric with a slotted pipe in the bottom and backfilled with course stone.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Thanks for the photos 62440

Anybody know what the silver cylinders are in the first photo? I see these everywhere.
Tonsley213

Not sure but I'm guessing they could be access points for the underground signal cables?  If I'm not right I'm sure someone will tell us.

Thank-you for those shots 62240, I used to live not far from there.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Not sure but I'm guessing they could be access points for the underground signal cables?  If I'm not right I'm sure someone will tell us.

Thank-you for those shots 62240, I used to live not far from there.
don_dunstan

Don

Take it from one who knows, they are part of the drainage. See my previous post.

Ian
  mmciau Locomotive Driver

Location: Marion, South Australia
Steel Gantries have been delivered to Marion Station west.  Will probably be placed in next few days

Mike
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Steel Gantries have been delivered to Marion Station west.  Will probably be placed in next few days

Mike
mmciau

This would be for Marion and Daws Road bridge?
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

This would be for Marion and Daws Road bridge?
Milkomeda
Remember to engage brain before responding to or asking questions on any forum

I think the phrase "delivered to Marion Station west" might tell you something about the ultimate destination, the bridges are to the east of Marion station.

There is a traffic advice regarding closure full or part of Marion and Daws Roads to erect electrification infrastructure. I suggest any gantries or masts will get delivered to the work site on a JIT basis to avoid double handling. West of Marion station is not a very accessible holding area for work at the bridges.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Belair Line reopening date to be announced next week

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/transport-department-is-set-to-announce-belair-rail-line-opening-date-next-week/story-e6frea83-1226666891186
Milkomeda
Well I guess that's a nice way to avoid the risk of having to announce a delay, by not making any announcement at all until the last minute. Risk aversion at its finest!
  62440 Chief Commissioner

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Lonsdale Crossover is not yet wired so sparks won't be using it yet. It looks like the wiring is only in place to feed power from Lonsdale Feeder to the Noarlunga to Seaford. The anchor stay has been installed behind the first concrete mast on the down side.

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The sidings have masts at the ready but are unwired. Note the baulk preventing entry.

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Another view of the sidings and overhead fittings. The cantilever is offset as a second cantilever will be needed for the crossover and siding wire.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Thanks for those photos 62440 - there have been some really great informative photos of the work being done over the last couple of months, thanks again to all the people who have been doing this for the benefit of other Railpage users.

EDIT: Do you happen to know what that building is in the background of the first picture, would that be Mitsubishi's old Lonsdale engine plant maybe being used by someone else now?
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Don

The former Mitsubishi foundry is in the background of the middle picture and visible just over the gantry. Where the formation widens to the right a trailing siding used to give access for delivery of coke and scrap iron.

I think the blue building in the top picture is a training centre run by PATC, that blue is their colour.

Regards
Ian
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

62440

Like Don I thank you for the pictorial updates.

Do you know where the feed-in point is located? I know it is not visible from the footbridge you took the photos from.
I expect it is from the nearby SAPN Pt Stanvac substation but I can't see a railway substation near SAPN's sub.
There would be quite a bit of electrical infrastructure requiring one/two transformers, extensive static compensators and associated circuit breakers and isolators.

Regards
Ian
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Don

The former Mitsubishi foundry is in the background of the middle picture and visible just over the gantry. Where the formation widens to the right a trailing siding used to give access for delivery of coke and scrap iron.

I think the blue building in the top picture is a training centre run by PATC, that blue is their colour.

Regards
Ian
steam4ian
I am pretty sure the blue building is PATC, but I don't recall ever seeing it labelled, I know they have a fork lift school to the south west, across the train line, but I am not sure if the building in question is one of theirs or not.

Don, the top photo more or less has the former Mitsubishi site behind the photographer over their lef shoulder, it's looking down the line toward Lonsdale Station/Christies/Noarlunga/Seaford etc. The other photos are taken looking up the line toward the Lonsdale parking lot for trains/Adelaide etc.

Take a look on Google maps, the old Mitsubishi siding is still there, now depicted running past some huge sections of pipe from RPC(?) - using part of the former site, (mostly) for the desal plant. To the east you can see some of the mis-winds and resultants from the destructive testing.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
PATC (Port Adelaide Training Centre) change their name a few years ago to ATEC (Adelaide Training & Employment Centre) to reflect their expansion to multiple sites through the Metro area
They originated at Ottoway.
  yoyoman Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA
That building in question is located on the eastern side of the line at 2 Sherriffs Rd Lonsdale, the ATEC site is on the western side of the line at 5 Refinery Rd, Lonsdale and is out of pane on the right side of the image.

2 Sherriffs Rd
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=-35.106805,138.492075&hl=en&ll=-35.107569,138.492279&spn=0.002905,0.005681&num=1&t=h&z=18

5 Refinery Rd
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=-35.11147,138.490514&hl=en&ll=-35.110316,138.49229&spn=0.005845,0.011362&sll=-35.111469,138.490533&t=h&z=17

The footbridge the image would have been taken from is in the top left of the map noting the location of the crossovers immediately south of the footbridge.

If you go into street view it shows the businesses there, however that was probably 4 or so years ago and may have changed.  I'd go have a look myself as it's only 10 minutes away but really can't be bothered Wink
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
62440

Like Don I thank you for the pictorial updates.

Do you know where the feed-in point is located? I know it is not visible from the footbridge you took the photos from.
I expect it is from the nearby SAPN Pt Stanvac substation but I can't see a railway substation near SAPN's sub.
There would be quite a bit of electrical infrastructure requiring one/two transformers, extensive static compensators and associated circuit breakers and isolators.

Regards
Ian
The rail substation is W of the line just S of the Meyer Rd bridge.  The feed-in is beyond the section overlap just N of the bridge.

Rail Substation


Overhead feed-in point, just beyond steel gantry


Oblique view of feed-in point
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Thank you 62430.

The sub is quite low profile, must be cable fed from SAPN and use gas insulated switchgear.

I guess it all works. I haven't heard any bangs and the lights down our way have stayed on.

Regards
Ian
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Thank you 62430.

The sub is quite low profile, must be cable fed from SAPN and use gas insulated switchgear.

I guess it all works. I haven't heard any bangs and the lights down our way have stayed on.

Regards
Ian
steam4ian
No possums down that way Ian?    They can go BANG (or is it zzzzz?) on power lines.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

I made 4 observations today


1. Steel portal structures have now been erected near the former Keswick station

2. Three steel portal structures have now been erected near the Adelaide station yard just as the Belair and Noarlunga Line goes left and I saw workers erecting a 4th Steel Portal structure as I was coming back into the city on the Gawler train

3. Earthworks have now begun between the Goodwood underpass and Clarence Park station

4. Masts are now being erected near Emerson station
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

No sign of signalling yet.

If there is it must be deliberately hidden.

The Belair line can't start without it.

I will be able to almost shake hands with the Millswood loop on Saturday so will report then.

Regards
Ian

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