As well as the company based north of NSW, I would also like to point the finger at the company with a line of asbestos-ridden locomotives visible from a freeway bridge north of Adelaide.
PLANS to have freight trains diverted from the hills must be put back on the table, Mitcham Council says. In its submission to the State Government's 30-year transport plan, Mitcham Council said diverting freight trains from the hills was imperative. As part of the government's transport vision, released in October, the Belair rail freight line would be retained and expanded.
"(It) is opposite to council's current position that this line should be diverted and not run through Mitcham," the council's submission said. Residents, who have long called for freight trains to be diverted, have backed Mitcham's stance.
When stardardisation was first being built where it was originally going to build and started planning a bi-pass SG track somewhere about Two Wells across to Murray Bridge...Was this original scheme similar or the same to the one being proposed at the moment? Do you happen to know/recall what the cost was?
Please no lectures on cost as any dill can see it would cost a packet as this was bought up before and beaten to death.That's the issue in a nut-shell. The Mt Lofty ranges are a really significant barrier to any reasonably-costed by pass UNLESS you take the line a long way north where the ranges peter out north of the Barossa.
Does this imply that every train ought to make noise, or if some trains can be 'silenced' can they all?It is simply a statement of fact not every train does it. You can have a train slip by with hardly a noise at all except from the locomotives and a bit of a rumble most times. However the next train through can generated that high pitched squeal so it cannot be the track, it must be something on the train. Something about this second train sets the squeal going, no one has yet really figured it all out why it does this though, if it squeals in this spot then all trains should squeal in the same place but they don't, the squeal can happen anywhere. It often does this and putting in noise detectors in one place is useless if the train does not squeal there but well before or well after it.
if it squeals in this spot then all trains should squeal in the same place but they don't, the squeal can happen anywhere.You could only expect all trains to squeal in the same place if all factors concerning the oscillations in the wheels were constant for all trains. The loadings and behaviours of all trains are dynamic, as such it's far more accurate to say 'all trains should not squeal in the same place'.
The Blackwood whingers are back, this time worrying about trains blocking crossings. This really is starting to get on my nerves.
Rather than posting the whole thing in quotes, I will let you read it in stunned silence, like I did.
It looks to me as if the story is more about the loud squeal coming from the hills in the Mitcham LGA (i.e. the noisy minority of residents, not train wheels) and wasn't advocating their ridiculous demands be met, give the paper credit for including quotes from the ARTC and CFS indicating they are well aware of the risk.The emergency services ought not need to force an LX closed to rail traffic. In the event of a bushfire, as the article correctly stated, train control have a duty of care not to send one of their staff (drivers) into danger, that ought to be enough.
The emergency services have the power to declare any level crossing closed to rail traffic at any time they deem necessary for whatever reason, and I'm sure that power was granted so it could be used in actual emergency circumstances, not just for the planned exercise of that power we'll see three times next week when a number of crossings get closed to trains for the passage of Tour Down Under race convoy. The threat of being arrested for obstructing emergency services and achieving a level of public contempt usually reserved for terrorist masterminds would generally be a good motive for a train controller at ARTC, GWA or Adelaide Metro to comply with an order to stop trains during a bushfire emergency.