Toolamba - Echuca line reopening

 
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
How many services terminate at Bendigo Station ?

Many work through to Eaglehawk theses days.

Epsom services may be served by an empty car movement In one direction.

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  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

One would think that at least two trip per day between Echuca and Bendigo in the near future would more than cater for the new Epsom Station, an employees car comment is verbal dirohhea...............
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
There is also a possibility of container traffic out of Kyabram and an even vaguer one of Tongala traffic.

The possibility of passenger traffic on this line has also been canvassed for many years. A 65 kph freight speed could lead to an 80 kph railmotor speed, this may work out faster than present bus schedules.
Rodo

Given that everything in this state must be gold plated, I doubt that the sensible approach of a small platform with a bus shelter would be sufficient, thereby putting any proposal to re-introduce passenger services well beyond economic viability.

Meanwhile to add a bus stop, all they seem to need these days is a concrete pad with a vision impared bumpy strip plus a pole sticking out of the ground. While still over the top for many country locations, it's much cheaper than what the powers that be deem to be required for a railway station.

ie: I don't think there's much chance of a Sprinter or Vlocity getting in the way of the Deni freight in a state where so many obstacles are placed in the way of passenger train operation.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Hopefully through services, and would it be safe to assume so, given Epsom is unlikely to have a crossing loop for terminating services
"MelbourneCity"

There's no need for a loop to terminate a Vlocity or other DMU. The driver simply changes ends, and the train goes back from whence it came.  There's no loop at Ararat, nor at Wendouree, but Vlocities (?) terminate at those locations quite happily.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Loco hauled passenger trains will not be using this station (with the possible exception of the odd heritage train), as it is at the moment the only Loco hauled passenger trains past Kyneton are the Swan Hill Pass which don't even go past the station, so a loop for terminating trains would be a total waste of taxpayers money.

But back to the actual topic of this thread, does anybody have an expected re-opening date for this line?
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
How many services terminate at Bendigo Station ?

Many work through to Eaglehawk theses days.

Epsom services may be served by an empty car movement In one direction.
Nightfire

Not that many trains run to Eaglehawk.

On Weekdays there are 18 trains per day from Bendigo to Melbourne.  Of those 18, 2 originate in Swan Hill and call at Eaglehawk along the way.  Only two others originate at Eaglehawk - and one of those is an early morning empty cars out from Bendigo.

So, 2 originate from Swan Hill, 2 originate from Eaglehawk, 1 originates from Echuca (and doesn't run via Eaglehawk), and the remaining 13 start from Bendigo.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Was up along the line last weekend.

Sleeper replacement seems to have been done, with a lot of sleepers bening replaced. in some sections it was every one, while others 1 in 2 or 1 in 3. perhaps replacing what was needed to be.

Quite a number of balast piles spread out along the line, with a high rail tipper truck noted at one location. Possibly going to use those rather than a balast train. Balast tamper was on the down side of the baulks at Toolamba, so guess they where planing on starting to balast soon. maybee class 3 track when they are done, rather than the class 5 it probably was. 60-80 km/h running i would surmise.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Was up along the line last weekend.

Sleeper replacement seems to have been done, with a lot of sleepers bening replaced. in some sections it was every one, while others 1 in 2 or 1 in 3. perhaps replacing what was needed to be.

Quite a number of balast piles spread out along the line, with a high rail tipper truck noted at one location. Possibly going to use those rather than a balast train. Balast tamper was on the down side of the baulks at Toolamba, so guess they where planing on starting to balast soon. maybee class 3 track when they are done, rather than the class 5 it probably was. 60-80 km/h running i would surmise.
Galron
Speed limit will be 50km/h I'm told and open very soon with the first train most likely going to rumble across there over the next lot of school holidays.

Next up could be Echuca - Deniliquin upgrade.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
The Ross St / Tatura - Murchison Rd crossing was completely removed and replaced a couple of weeks ago. I've also noticed a Highway patrol officer having a chat with the construction crew at the Mulcahy Rd crossing. I reckon they'll be targeting people who go through the stop signs soon. Be warned...

I assume there'll be a light engine run to make sure the lights at the crossings all work before the freight goes through?

Rick
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What will be the traffic on this line once it has re-opened?

Regards
Brian
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
What will be the traffic on this line once it has re-opened?

Regards
Brian
bevans
Deni Rice train. Non stop in the foreseeable future.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Would grain also be using this line?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Would grain also be using this line?
Gman_86
no reason why not. Whats the safeworking on this section?
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
no reason why not. Whats the safeworking on this section?
Galron
Train Orders. The Deni Rice Train will be using this section on a needs basis. The main route is via Bendigo.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Train Orders. The Deni Rice Train will be using this section on a needs basis. The main route is via Bendigo.
LowndesJ515
Seeming Deni Rice and the State are spending $7.5M on this, you'd think they'd want to use it a lot to get some value from their investment.

Rick
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Seeming Deni Rice and the State are spending $7.5M on this, you'd think they'd want to use it a lot to get some value from their investment.

Rick
RustyRick
But the more they use it the quicker it wears out and will need more money spending on it! Rolling Eyes
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Train Orders. The Deni Rice Train will be using this section on a needs basis. The main route is via Bendigo.
LowndesJ515
Wrong.  The Deni rice train will use this route all the time for two reasons  (i)  the Company needs and wants to use containers of greater height that will not fit through the tunnels on the existing route via Bendigo.  Running via Toolamba removes the current restriction . (ii)  both VLP and the Freight Operator prefer to have the train away from the single line sections of the Bendigo line where any delay tends to cascade to other services.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Wrong.  The Deni rice train will use this route all the time for two reasons  (i)  the Company needs and wants to use containers of greater height that will not fit through the tunnels on the existing route via Bendigo.  Running via Toolamba removes the current restriction . (ii)  both VLP and the Freight Operator prefer to have the train away from the single line sections of the Bendigo line where any delay tends to cascade to other services.
kuldalai
ok
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
delays on the bendigo line?  what freight train delays? Smile

Do Vline currently have capacity issues on the Bendigo Line?
  TheMetman Locomotive Driver

Location: gippsland
delays on the bendigo line?  what freight train delays? Smile

Do Vline currently have capacity issues on the Bendigo Line?
JimYarin

Yes, ever since the line was singled in parts there's been capacity issues plaguing the line. There's been a few times in the past year where a freight has stalled or in todays case catch on fire while in the single line sections.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

With the reopening of this section of track, it gives rail enthusiasts another avenue to Foam at the mouth when they get word of another Choo-Choo heading up the line or down the line.
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
Wrong.  The Deni rice train will use this route all the time for two reasons  (i)  the Company needs and wants to use containers of greater height that will not fit through the tunnels on the existing route via Bendigo.  Running via Toolamba removes the current restriction . (ii)  both VLP and the Freight Operator prefer to have the train away from the single line sections of the Bendigo line where any delay tends to cascade to other services.
kuldalai

Hmmm...didn't realise you worked for QUBE....
  NR77 Chief Commissioner

Wrong.  The Deni rice train will use this route all the time for two reasons  (i)  the Company needs and wants to use containers of greater height that will not fit through the tunnels on the existing route via Bendigo.  Running via Toolamba removes the current restriction . (ii)  both VLP and the Freight Operator prefer to have the train away from the single line sections of the Bendigo line where any delay tends to cascade to other services.
kuldalai
Bahahaha that just made my day Laughing
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Ballast work underway. Two hi-rail tippers dropping ballast, working west from Toolamba were between Mooroopna - Murchison Rd and Pogue Rd this morning.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Bahahaha that just made my day Laughing
NR77
Lets see what happens then, and who will be laughing at the end of it

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