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drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

Not sure if there's already a thread on this but I couldn't find one.

Noticed that John Holland crews were doing a fair bit of resleepering between Burakin and Beacon on the over the weekend. Plenty of trackwork vehicles parked on the line if you're into that sort of thing. New sleepers are timber.

Not sure if something was faulty or if some moron had triggered something they shouldn't have but the flashing lights on the Burakin-Kallanie road level crossing at Burakin were going off for a long time. I was in the vicinity for at least 5 minutes and no train or hi-rail came through in that time. I didn't see any crews nearby otherwise I would have alerted them to the issue.

 
Calla Station Master

Location: at the pub..... AWOL

I think that would have made me laugh Dr Waddles, lights going off but no choo choo? Two weekends ago taking flicks around the CSBP Bunbury shed, they were doing track work somewhere between the CSPB depot and Wollaston. Both the temporary speed restriction warning and commencement signs (thanks for teaching me the signs lads) are about 100-200 metres out of Wollaston station, just past the Wollaston departure sig and there was a couple of signalmen/flagmen standing at the Southwest Hwy/Boyanup-Picton rd level crossing. The lights were on but the booms were up, dont mind things a bit out of the ordinary. I'll upload a pic after work. Calla =)



 
drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

Lots of resleepering work on the Newdegate branch over the weekend - saw crews working between Lake Grace and the causeway, as well as at Lake Biddy. A green/yellow locomotive (number I think was 1216?) was operating a ballast train at Lake Biddy. Several level crossings on unsealed roads near Lake Grace were closed due to the work.

 
Calla Station Master

Location: at the pub..... AWOL

Resleepering work north of the Kwinana CBH loop up to Mason road Kwinana. Temp speed restriction signs have been there for a while now.

They closed the road/level crossing on Bay street, behind the Kwinana nickel refinery on 27th Feb 13. Seen crews working near the points the balloon loop and the crossing lights have been removed also. Signs there say "Level crossing is closed" and " For enquiries contact City of Kwinana on 94390200"

 
DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia

Recently they have been re railing between Brunswick Junction and Worsley Junction.

Other trackwork in the past 6 - 12 months:

New cross over at Brunswick Junction. Not a replacement, an addition to allow trains to cross the other way. Also means a longer loop for Worsley trains to cross.

Loop extension at Worsley Junction.

New cross over at Bunbury Port.

 
drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

A month ago I noticed it looks like flashing lights are going in at the level crossing about 5km north of York. Are they operational yet?

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

A month ago I noticed it looks like flashing lights are going in at the level crossing about 5km north of York. Are they operational yet?

- drwaddles

I went through yesterday, and there is just the bases there for the signals and the cabinets. They are also doing the crossing just south of Spencers Brook on the same road at the same time.

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

A month ago I noticed it looks like flashing lights are going in at the level crossing about 5km north of York. Are they operational yet?
- drwaddles

I went through the northern crossing near Spencers Brook the other day (Tuesday) and it was complete with flashing lights, not sure on the south one though.
 
drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

Thanks for the update Bulbous!

 
Calla Station Master

Location: at the pub..... AWOL

Resleepering work north of the Kwinana CBH loop up to Mason road Kwinana. Temp speed restriction signs have been there for a while now.

They closed the road/level crossing on Bay street, behind the Kwinana nickel refinery on 27th Feb 13. Seen crews working near the points the balloon loop and the crossing lights have been removed also. Signs there say "Level crossing is closed" and " For enquiries contact City of Kwinana on 94390200"

- Calla

Theres a bit of activity behind the BHP Nickel Refinery and Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana. On Claymore street next to the track for the CBH Loop. A few piles of what looks like old track stacked up. Anyone know what there up to?

 
wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's

Theres a bit of activity behind the BHP Nickel Refinery and Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana. On Claymore street next to the track for the CBH Loop. A few piles of what looks like old track stacked up. Anyone know what there up to?

- Calla



more than likely just a bit of rerailing calla.

wal.

 
WAGR_trains Assistant Commissioner

more than likely just a bit of rerailing calla.

wal.

- wn514

New siding, change of track layout and signal upgrade.

 
Calla Station Master

Location: at the pub..... AWOL

New siding, change of track layout and signal upgrade.

- WAGR_trains

Yeah Wal, i think they are rerailing some of the old track with new concrete sleepers, few piles of them around the area.

ahh ok WAGR_trains, theres a few stacks of looks like pre fabbed SG and pile of ballast. WBHO machinery working in the area. at the moment appears like its going to run parallel in between the line to CBH and Coogee Chems line.

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Thanks for the update Bulbous!

- drwaddles

No worries Doc, checked out the southern one just out of York on Thursdsay arvo, and it is still just the concrete bases - no cabinets and no flashing lights yet.

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Resleepering was happening last week between Goomalling and Dowerin heading east, and following the line through to Kalannie showed lots of large used sleeper piles by the side of the line through to Burakin.

The line south of Narembeen to Kondinin looked to have been reshaped a little as well, and the northern section looked to have been realigned (rails were nice and smooth along tangents, without side to side wiggles - much like it looks to the north of Ballidu). The line out to Mukinbudin also looks to have been gone over substantially in the previous six months or so.

 
Tiny Train Controller

Location: Kalgoorlie

Brookfield are currently laying a second loop at Walkaway. The loop is almost the same length as the current crossing loop, with just enough room at either end to release a loco or two to run around a consist stabled in the back road.

I can only assume that it would be for upgrades to the MR at some stage?

 
P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
Brookfield are currently laying a second loop at Walkaway. The loop is almost the same length as the current crossing loop, with just enough room at either end to release a loco or two to run around a consist stabled in the back road.

I can only assume that it would be for upgrades to the MR at some stage?
- Tiny
Wonder if this is to do with the fact they can't store a works train anywhere besides Northern Gully or on the Triangle leg at Narngulu. The existing ballast siding was removed due to changes with the rail alignment coming into Narngulu from the South.
 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

A P class loco was in Goomalling yesterday morning with the ballast train for the resleepering works between Goomalling and Dowerin. Quite a few John Holland guys all over the place, and a Brookfield line runner waiting there to tail the CBH train out to Beacon.

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

I have a query about the line between York and Spencers Brook - they worked on this section during the Avon - Albany upgrade during the past 18 months, and have dumped a bit more ballast through the 22 - 24 km peg area over the last few months. However, there is still a speed restriction in this area of around 15kph, which makes for a very long section run time. What is the issue with this section that requires the ongoing works?

There also seems to be new survey pegging just to the east of the Avon River bridge at Spencers Brook, around the curve outside the ag. college there. Not sure if it is associated with the road widening works around the bridge (they are stabling plant in the area) or if it is for any future rail works (curve easing perhaps - but the bridge location would impact on the start of any curve here I would think).

Cheers,

Matt.

 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Resleepering has been happening along the Goomalling to Mukinbudin line lately, and the crew is currently between Wyalkatchem and Koorda. Seem to be resleepering every second sleeper, with a new steel sleeper and a new wood sleeper every four (roughly).

There are also concrete sleepers laid out north of Northam on the Goomalling line, with a replacement of one in two on the curves to at least Frenches, and on a one in one replacement through the level crossings (including the gravel roads throughout this area). Seems that it will be sections of alternating concrete and steel sleepers, with no wood left.
 
Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

A lot of the track in the old East Northam yard has been removed as of yesterday and relocated up to Minnivale for the new sidings for the wheatbelt rail project. Large stacks of panel track in Minnivale with a few sleepers still attached for transport, but not sure if all of the old sidings in East Northam are gone, will check today.
 
DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia

Tommorrow for the next 3 days according to the Weekly Notice, the Brunswick River Bridge in Brunswick will be replaced. All three spans, 2 long and one short will be replaced. The current bridge is the steel beam with timber sleeper type typical of this area, and the new one is a ballast deck bridge. There is a 500T crane in place, appears fully setup now for lifting tomorrow. I assume at this point trains will either run round in Brunswick, and reverse into the junction from the south, for travel north, or run all the way to Beela and run round their train. When the cross over on the Collie branch in Brunswick was being worked on Worsley trains ran to Benger, ran round their train and come back, so I imagine this occaision will be similar for Alcoa trains. I imagine the Australind will also do the same. I am not sure how long it will take to complete the lift but I imagine the final day/ day and a half will be track laying and ballasting/ tamping.

How the shunt will occur with the ACN's I do not know. I am suspecting they are being moved off the mainline services and replaced with either S or DB class for the duration. I do not believe the ACN's can be driven hood first, and without a junction to turn on, cannot run round their train and continue. It is possible they will put a DB class with the ACN's or one on the other end of the train to eliminate running round. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens.

 
P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
I do not believe the ACN's can be driven hood first, and without a junction to turn on, cannot run round their train and continue. It is possible they will put a DB class with the ACN's or one on the other end of the train to eliminate running round. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens.
- DBclass
Hi DBClass,

During the works in the midwest the ACN's were running long nose. I have seen a couple long nose on the Karara trains too from the port.



Cheers
David
 
Sulla1 Chief Train Controller

PN don't mind running their 83 class long hood leading around Townsville either. I think Aurizon's Queensland predecessors have disliked running their locos long hood leading for decades (even before DOO cabs) and have nearly always tried to avoid it in Queensland. There were only a couple of branchlines where it was still common in the late eighties, and I guess the practice is probably heading west now.

 
WestOne Beginner



How the shunt will occur with the ACN's I do not know. I am suspecting they are being moved off the mainline services and replaced with either S or DB class for the duration. I do not believe the ACN's can be driven hood first, and without a junction to turn on, cannot run round their train and continue. It is possible they will put a DB class with the ACN's or one on the other end of the train to eliminate running round. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens.

- DBclass

Hi DBclass

ACN's can be driven Long End in the same manner that the DB's can. There are two driver stands. The problem will be that all mainline fleets (exc caustic) from Picton are Driver Only hence Long End is not an option, unless they load up with DA's i.e. Trainees.

My understanding is they are using a combo of S, PA and possibly ACN's with shunt activities at Brunswick East and possibly a LE stationed there for the duration. Not 100% on this though.

Cheers

 

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