I've got quite a few questions relating to the Adelaide train network. Any help answering them would be greatly appreciated!!
Here we go..
1. Islington. Why does Islington receive a 15 minute frequency during the day, with both Gawler and Gawler Central trains stopping? From what I can gather, it's virtually in the middle of nowhere with no housing close by and only a few industrial buildings close to it. If this is the case, why does it receive a 15 minute frequency when other nearby stations (Dudley Park, Ovingham) with housing much closer only receive a 30 minute frequency? Obviously not every station can or will have the 15 frequency as this would slow the line down considerably, I'm just curious of the reasoning behind Islington being chosen.
2. Adelaide Station Bins. Why aren't there any bins on the platforms? There are several signs directing people to put rubbish in Bins on North Terrace.
3. Belair Line Standardisation. Before the Belair line was partially standardised in the mind 90's, how did the freight and passenger trains interact? Was there an up and down line, with each line being unidirectional? How did passenger trains pass slow moving freight trains, or was the passenger timetable set in such a way that the passing of freight trains wasn't required?
Related, how did freight trains travel on the Gawler line? Did the line have 3 tracks as it does now?
Also related, how was freight travelling from Melbourne to Perth transported? Was it necessary for this freight to be taken off of the Broad Gauge wagons and then re-loaded onto Standard Gauge wagons and if so, where did this take place? Or was it possible to travel from the East to the West coast without changing track gauge?
Sorry if these seem particularly stupid or if they've been answered elsewhere. I shall post more as they come to mind