Track works at Glenferrie Station

 
  skidsteer Chief Train Controller

Location: In the country
I can now confirm the timber sleepers at Burnley are for decking for the Burnley flyover. I can also confirm that all the new rail for the line is 60kg.
Duncs
Piles of timber sleeper have also been laid out across the Freeway/Yarra River Bridge near Heyington, Glen Waverley line. Expect them and many remaining concrete sleepers still laying about to be inserted during post-2100hrs occupations scheduled for the next 2 weeks

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  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Looks like more trackwork is planned between Burnley and Richmond stations, and possibly also between Burnley and Glenferrie...

Three road-rail excavators with what I believe are called "platypus" attachments for inserting new sleepers, and an ordinary excavator (used to spread ballast), were parked this morning in the small storage yard off Lynch Street Hawthorn, near the intersection with Power Street.

Piles of concrete sleepers, barrels of pandrol clips, some platypus attachments and sundry other equipment is stored on the waste ground adjacent to the Hawthorn rail bridge over the Yarra.  There is also a store of concrete sleepers in the works siding on the up side of Burnley station.

New lengths of rail have been placed in the cess at East Richmond station, and at least two of the four tracks between East Richmond and Richmond are marked with white dashes of paint indicating where new sleepers will be inserted.

Regards
DMU Dave
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Announcement at Richmond station tonight that there will be track works each night next week after 8.30pm, with bustitution between Richmond and Burnley.  From the markings on the track, and the stacks of sleepers and new rail, it looks like at least two of the four tracks will be resleepered and rerailed, and possibly all four tracks at East Richmond station.

Regards
DMU Dave
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

Announcement at Richmond station tonight that there will be track works each night next week after 8.30pm, with bustitution between Richmond and Burnley.  From the markings on the track, and the stacks of sleepers and new rail, it looks like at least two of the four tracks will be resleepered and rerailed, and possibly all four tracks at East Richmond station.

Regards
DMU Dave
DMU Dave
I saw them too. This track upgrade is getting pretty serious. At this rate they will have done most of the line by the end of this year.
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
I saw them too. This track upgrade is getting pretty serious. At this rate they will have done most of the line by the end of this year.
"Duncs"


Yep. I'm just hoping they come back and do the express line and the down local line between Burnley and my station (Glenferrie). The amount of rubbish left around after the up local line was resleepered and rerailed indicates to me they are probably coming back to do more work (and do one big clean up at the end of it). Contrast the amount of mess left on my line with the thorough clean up after the recent resleepering and rerailing on the Glen Waverley line.

Regards
DMU Dave
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Announcement at Richmond station tonight that there will be track works each night next week after 8.30pm, with bustitution between Richmond and Burnley.  From the markings on the track, and the stacks of sleepers and new rail, it looks like at least two of the four tracks will be resleepered and rerailed, and possibly all four tracks at East Richmond station.

Regards
DMU Dave
DMU Dave
Hopefully they rid of those horrible train set curves between East Richmond and Richmond while they're at it. The pit at East Richmond itself didn't need upgrading.
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Hopefully they rid of those horrible train set curves between East Richmond and Richmond while they're at it. The pit at East Richmond itself didn't need upgrading.
Heihachi_73

Looks like the curves will be fully resleepered.  Spot sleeper replacement was undertaken overnight on the down local line curve, but from the paint marks on the track it looks like all sleepers on the curve will eventually be replaced (this is the way the up local line around Glenferrie was resleepered - spot replacement initially, then the track gang comes back on subsequent nights and replaces all the 'in-between' sleepers).

However, I don't think there is sufficient room to ease the radius of the curves, so I suspect we'll be stuck with a 40kph speed limit.

About half a dozen road-rail excavators with platypus attachments were parked on the up side of Burnley station this morning, and various pieces of smaller hand operated equipment were lying next to the down local line between East Richmond and Richmond.

Works began last night and are expected to continue until 17 October.

Regards
DMU Dave
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Works appear to have finished - or at least paused for the time being.  The four curves between East Richmond and Richmond have been fully resleepered and at least some of the track appears to have been replaced. No renewal of the pit at East Richmond, however, despite the two local lines through the platforms being overgrown with weeds (can't imagine there's much drainage occurring and surprised mudholes haven't developed).  On the four tracks between East Richmond and Burnley about one in every five sleepers has been replaced with concrete. Doesn't look like much new ballast has been laid, and the formation is pretty churned up from the insertion of the new sleepers - no sign of a tamper or ballast regulator having gone over the lines yet. Most of the track machinery has disappeared, but the poor state of the ballast makes me think the track gang must be planning to return.

Regards
DMU Dave
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
I should have added - it looks like the track gangs will be employed elsewhere for the next couple of weeks. Track works are scheduled for weekday and Saturday evenings, and all day on Sundays, 19-31 October, between Blackburn and Ringwood, and beyond Ringwood on both the Lilydale and Belgrave branches.

The Alamein line will also be closed all day on 26-27 October for upgrading of the Riversdale Rd level crossing.

Regards
DMU Dave
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
Don't forget ongoing works near Mitcham. I can confirm that the rail through Burnley Station dates back to 1949.
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Don't forget ongoing works near Mitcham. I can confirm that the rail through Burnley Station dates back to 1949.
"Some rail man"


Sixty-four years old - definitely close to retirement then.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Most of the older 107LB rails have 1949 in brackets before the actual date.
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
Yes, I made that mistake while checking the rail's age on the Main North in NSW... it was actually dated 1956.
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
It seems like someone at Metro is reading these posts ShockedShockedShocked...

After my disparaging comments in this thread about Glenferrie station, last night a crew from Metro gave the station a high-pressure wash.  Still not sure you could describe the station as "premium" according to any accepted definition of the word, but at least it's not as dirty as it was... Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

Meanwhile, limited track works appear to be continuing.  Two nights ago I could hear detanators going off from my house - sounded like they were between Glenferrie and Auburn, or perhaps Auburn and Camberwell (wasn't prepared to go out in my pyjamas to look Embarassed ).  Not sure what works took place - if anyone else knows please don't hesitate to post a reply.

Last night there was a hi-rail ute and 3-4 workers with head-torches on the up side of Hawthorn station.  Couldn't see what they were doing unfortunately.  Some platypus vehicles and excavators parked in the storage yard off Lynch St Hawthorn for the last couple of nights.

Regards
DMU Dave
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Meanwhile, limited track works appear to be continuing.  Two nights ago I could hear detanators going off from my house - sounded like they were between Glenferrie and Auburn, or perhaps Auburn and Camberwell (wasn't prepared to go out in my pyjamas to look Embarassed ).  Not sure what works took place - if anyone else knows please don't hesitate to post a reply.
DMU Dave
I think it might have something to do with the centre line...last time I checked the other two appeared to be complete.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Not really near Glenferrie but on the same line, and as Lilydale has already been mentioned in this thread I will put this in here.

This machine was parked today in no. 4 road at Lilydale.  I assume it is a rail grinder (or similar) which is capable of moving from A to B via either rail or road, but can anyone confirm this?



  ozfreight Chief Train Controller

Location: hawthorn 3122
That's the grinder which was involved in the Bairnsdale line LX job.

Edward
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
A grinder! Don't let them hear you call it that!

It's actually a CNC milling machine, which rather than simply grinding the rail is able to impart an optimum rail profile by shaping it down to the new profile with extreme precision. Quieter than grinding and with far less of the visual drama, as well as giving a better result.

It had been ordered by Metro from Linsinger Austria but was hijacked by V/Line for the Gippsland Line job when they worked out they didn't actually have one of their own. When it originally arrived in the country it actually had Metro stickers but these were removed prior to the V/Line job Wink

Apparently it cannot actually be driven in complete form in the public roads in Victoria because it's built to European weight standards and so falls slightly foul of VicRoads rules. For the Gippsland job the prime mover was driven down and the milling trailer was carried by low-loader.

If you look closely, or find a better picture, you'll see it's still fitted with its Austrian number plates.
  ALMOST610 Station Master

Thats been sitting at Lilydale for the last couple of weeks, They seemed to have named it 'Kylie' as per the labels stuck below the Headlights on the Train End, I was checking it out the other week while waiting for my train and there was a guy in a Metro vest taking all pictures of it, probably for State Government Propaganda or something to Say 'Hey, See, We Do Care About Trains, Vote For Us'
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

I noticed that at Richmond station there was some 53kg rail date stamped at 2007. I thought they had stopped making that particular rail.
  richardlu_yy Chief Train Controller

Location: Singapore
I noticed that at Richmond station there was some 53kg rail date stamped at 2007. I thought they had stopped making that particular rail.
Duncs
I believe the platform roads at Sunbury are similarly new 53kg rail for some reason.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I know this isn't at all on the Burnely group but a vast stack of concrete sleepers has appeared adjacent to the sidings at Caulfield in the past two weeks (and a similar stack in the old Glenhuntly sidings areas.).  There seems to be a bit of work taking place in the Caulfield area and down the line to Moorabbin. There have been two hi-rail tractors parked at the work siding siding at Caulfield - I assume they are being let loose at night when not much else is happening. What ever works they are doing or planning is obviously big, there are lots of concrete sleepers in the stack.  

However in saying so, there is a set of points in various dismantled sections that has been sitting in between tracks at Caulfield for I think nearly two years now. One might have thought this would have been installed but it's still sitting there.
  DMU Dave Train Controller

Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Over the last 3-4 nights a work crew with 3 platypus road-rail machines and an excavator has cleaned up most of the old sleepers, track spikes and other detritus left over from the recent re-sleepering and re-railing.  The cleaned up items are sitting adjacent to the track, between Glenferrie and Hawthorn stations, waiting for collection and disposal.

Unfortunately, it looks like my theory that the reason they took so long to clean up was because they were coming back to re-sleeper the express and down lines, was incorrect. Sad

Regards
DMU Dave

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