Allocation of Assets & Responsibilities, Post RailCorp era

 
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Had an interesting forward fall into my inbox this morning, basically a "dummies guide to" the breakup of RailCorp. Thought I'd quote a few bits here that might have been loose ends to some people. Additions by myself are in italics.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are accredited under the Rail Safety National Law (NSW) as rail transport operators. RailCorp has no accreditation and is not a rail transport operator.

Sydney Trains operates stations within the area bounded by Berowra, Emu Plains, Macarthur and Waterfall. These stations are also used by passengers travelling on NSW Trains services. Sydney Trains also provides a limited number of services that operate outside that area, where the timetable requires those services to be provided with Sydney Trains rolling stock. I'd assume this includes the current Tangara to Springwood, Helensburgh, as well as the Newcastle/Wollongong suburban trains.

Transport Cleaning Services (TCS) operates as part of RailCorp - Although TCS is legally a separate entity, created as a ‘public subsidiary corporation of RailCorp, for most purposes it functions as a division of RailCorp.

RailCorp continues to be the owner of the rail network, including the stations, and rolling stock, including works trains. Special arrangements apply to the Waratahs, which are being delivered through a Public Private Partnership. Despite the fact that Reliance Rail is controlled by the NSW Government, it seems to be operating as a stand alone entity still, to allow the government to sell their share when it becomes profitable

Third party access to the rail network is provided by RailCorp. Transport for NSW acts as RailCorp’s agent for the grant of access.

Non-operational heritage assets will remain in RailCorp until a new heritage organisation is established by Transport for NSW.

Sydney Trains maintains the rail network infrastructure on behalf of the owner, RailCorp. NSW Trains contributes to the cost of the maintenance of the rail network.

Sydney Trains undertakes maintenance of rolling stock and stations allocated to Sydney Trains under its Rail Services Contract. Sydney Trains has a contract with NSW Trains to maintain rolling stock and stations allocated to NSW Trains under its Rail Services Contract.
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So it certainly seems that RailCorp lives on, despite what many here have been suggesting.

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  Route548 Locomotive Driver

Location: Macquarie Park aka North Ryde
So if you are right, we are going back in time with RailCorp acting like RIC with the added area of controlling stations, and Sydney Trains/NSW TrainLink forming a new SRA; at the same time, this is almost like the UK model if I'm not mistaken with operators leasing track access and from Network Rail with train maintenance the domain of each operator.
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL
Correct RC lives on, although no RC branding is to be shown to the public (in theory)
  HeadShunt Chief Train Controller

So it certainly seems that RailCorp lives on, despite what many here have been suggesting.
Raichase
It was made clear in the early days of the proposal that RailCorp would not cease to exist, but it would change dramatically. I think there were diagrams of the proposed new structure in last year's annual report that clearly showed RailCorp continuing to exist as the asset owner in the Sydney Trains era. What I'm wondering is whether anyone is still employed directly by RailCorp or whether all of its functions requiring manpower are performed by the likes of TfNSW or Sydney Trains.

Note that under the Transport Administration (General) Amendment (Sydney Trains and NSW Trains) Regulation 2012, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are also constituted as public subsidiary corporations of RailCorp.

The object of this Regulation is to constitute Sydney Trains and NSW Trains as public
subsidiary corporations of RailCorp and to enable the corporations to exercise the functions
of RailCorp in relation to the operation of rail passenger services and associated functions.
Sydney Trains will operate rail passenger services in the Sydney metropolitan area and NSW
Trains will operate rail passenger services in regional New South Wales.




this is almost like the UK model if I'm not mistaken with operators leasing track access and from Network Rail with train maintenance the domain of each operator.
Route548
Broadly speaking, there are some similarities (and big differences), as there were under the initial split of the SRA. RailCorp could be said to be the ROSCo (Rolling Stock Operating Company) and rail infrastructure owner, while Sydney Trains is a TOC (Train Operating Company).
  Goose Chief Train Controller

Maintenance is done by Sydney Trains even if it is on a NSW Train.

How's that work?Laughing
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Maintenance is done by Sydney Trains even if it is on a NSW Train.

How's that work?Laughing
Goose

Why wouldn't it?

Internal billing, chargeback... all pretty standard stuff.

Looking to the future don't be surprised to see the government owned entity having to compete for work against the private sector. Likewise it may take on work besides Sydney/NSW Trains.
  HeadShunt Chief Train Controller

Maintenance is done by Sydney Trains even if it is on a NSW Train.

How's that work?Laughing
Goose
Yes, this type of arrangement has been going on for ages now in one form or another. It works, but drawing up all the agreements and contracts tends to cost money and provide plenty of work for lawyers etc. Not on the same scale as the breakup of BR, though - that was a contractual nightmare/delight depending which side of the fence you live on.
  Mall Rat Beginner

Who runs the 'operations' side of things? The drivers, guards, signallers? Sydney Trains or Railcorp?
  Aurora8 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Who runs the 'operations' side of things? The drivers, guards, signallers? Sydney Trains or Railcorp?
"Mall Rat"

Sydney Trains is the rail operator of the Suburban services. The staff you mention work for Sydney Trains.

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