SWRL Construction Progress

 
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Has anyone seen anything around where the extension may go? I'm thinking possibly north through Badgery's creek (new airport station?) and then either an interchange with the Western line between St Mary's and Werrington, or just join onto the end of the quad at St Mary's and run a loop back into the CBD. This whole area (north and south of St Mary's) is a near-term growth area.
maestro

I've seen two options somewhere. First one is to keep heading straight west to Luddenham, the other to Bringelly.  Both are obviously way out in the sticks in the middle of cattle farming territory right now, so unlikely much will happen there for many years. There's Oran Park development happening putting 20K houses in that area over the next 10 years, so there's a possibility of that being a destination too, though the plans that they display everywhere don't show any sign of rail.

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  G20 Station Master

I've seen two options somewhere. First one is to keep heading straight west to Luddenham, the other to Bringelly.  Both are obviously way out in the sticks in the middle of cattle farming territory right now, so unlikely much will happen there for many years. There's Oran Park development happening putting 20K houses in that area over the next 10 years, so there's a possibility of that being a destination too, though the plans that they display everywhere don't show any sign of rail.
jcouch
Bringelly was the original plan when the current line was proposed (with a long-term vision to eventually connect up to the western line via Badgery's Creek).

Its worth noting that the OHW structure id code for the line is GB (Glenfield - Bringelly), so the electrical branch at least thinks it will happen eventually.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
I'm all in favour of good turnaround times (far better that a train is waiting for 20 minutes longer, compared to all the passengers having to wait due to follow-on delays), but there is the entire Rossmore yard for this. If this were the sole reason, then a single island platform (two tracks) would be sufficient (such as at Bondi Junction).
I suspect that they have four tracks here because they either intend to branch the line (north and south) or they plan a significant bus interchange, or both.


maestro

Quite right !  

The Rossmore sidings could be used as turnback, however the extra traffic may conflict with safety issues of stabling sidings, albeit these sidings are well designed with straight track and wide track centres, etc., all the better to see moving trains with.

It is interesting to compare Chatswood which has a turnback siding past the platforms which is used for "short" ERCL shuttles,

against Revesby which has no turnback siding past the platforms for the "short" Local shuttles.

Chatswood can have same platform interchange between ECRL shuttles and Shore trains in BOTH directions at the same time.

Revesby has same direction interchange between Local and Main trains in ONE OR OTHER direction, but NOT BOTH directions at the same time.

There is also the issue that if you are a pax terminated on P2, you may not have time to go over the stairs/lifts to P4 by the time that the next Macarthur train arrives and departs. With the high speed turnouts and slow-down transit road at Revesby, the arrival of the next Macarthur train is very efficient.

Were Chatswood and Revesby designed by the same organisation ?
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Quick update from what I could see on the train after the weekend closedown:

- Points that were sitting near Mac Fields station are now installed on the up mains just before P2. They are located next to the first of the two sets of points installed on the southern flyover up track where it merges into P1. They aren't connected to the flyover track - the usual couple of metre section missing on both sides.

- No additional OHW run through on the up side track that will run into P1 (What's the designation? Relief or new main? or ???). There was a heap of high voltage wiring that goes up and over there on the southern side of the flyover. I didn't get to see if that had been connected up or not. Will try to check on the way home tonight.

- No visible work on the northern flyover.  There's no timetabled weekend shutdowns between now and the new timetable start of Oct 20, so looks like it will be sitting unused for several more years. Sad

Didn't get to see what was happening on the down tracks as I was sitting on the left of the train today.
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Well I was obviously quite asleep during the first few minutes of the journey - all the interesting stuff is happening at Lumeah and Minto! Lumeah is made whole again - all the old blocked off area from the SSFL work is opened - fresh fence and concrete laid for the platform.  Minto is on it's way there - some of the old boarding replaced by newer stuff much closer to the track (barely enough room for one person between it and the yellow line) and obvious construction equipment around the back of the fence. Shou