Aforementioned article is here:What would they need to do to improve the line speed to 70kph?
Line speed will be 50 km/h which is a bit on the slow side. That works out at over 80min for 67km of track.
I don't know how much repair they did but if the track was relaid, then it would have to bed in for a while before increasing the line speed.Re-sleepered about 1 in 2, re-ballasted entire section, replaced rails across a couple of crossings, a bit of drainage.
They don't just go Normal Speed first off.
If you hadn't noticed the ads in the paper, and the V/Line signs advising the line is now active weren't enough to show things are about to happen - the Highway Patrol staking out the 80km/h section on the Midland Highway and the stop signs on unprotected crossings is a give away...Nevertheless, there will possibly be crossing incidents caused by locals who "know" that the line is disused. Another reason for trains to run at reduced speed in the early days.
Nevertheless, there will possibly be crossing incidents caused by locals who "know" that the line is disused. Another reason for trains to run at reduced speed in the early days.There is no great need for speed as the rice traffic is not time sensitive. So 50 - 60kmh with the required axle load to allow 9 foot 6 inch height fully loaded containers is more important than the speed . That is what the line has been upgraded to achieve .
Just read the Riverine Herald online edition, the first train is due to arrive in Echuca at 10.30am this Thursday 3rd Oct on the newly refurshed Toolamba-Seymour line. Transport Minister, Peter Mulder stated that with the help of Sunrice, that they provided funds to convert the line to Broad Guage, enableing Freight Trains to once again travl across this line and relieve the Congested Bendigo Line for passenger services. Mmmmmmm...........something maybe amiss or have I missed something.......Converted to Broad Guage, ah silly me I must have just watched YES MINISTER......................
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