RRL Project - West Werribee / Southern Cross

 
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Great, I'll get to uploading it then.
Contrillion
Excellent, I am looking forward to it, thank you Smile

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  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong, VIC
Excellent, I am looking forward to it, thank you Smile
xxxxlbear
Look forward no more!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qfMYU0heGI
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I am yet to experience the new section of track..what I found interesting was that the train entered the new section of track on the up side of Sth Kensington. I was under the impression that trains would be entering the section closer to Footscray.

Very good video, thank you Smile
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I was under the impression that trains would be entering the section closer to Footscray.
xxxxlbear
I don't think that part is ready yet? Maybe after the current shut-down.

I second the 'thanks' for that video, interesting to see the first tracks open for traffic.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I don't think that part is ready yet? Maybe after the current shut-down.

I second the 'thanks' for that video, interesting to see the first tracks open for traffic.
don_dunstan
The section from Footscray to West Footscray is probably one of the more complex sections to build. V/Line trains will most likely not be running through there until new track is laid through the future RRL platforms 3 & 4 at Footscray, and until the existing platforms have been rebuilt & extended. There was an existing junction of sorts at South Kensington before the RRL tracks went through - it was probably logical to put in another junction between the Metro tracks & the RRL tracks at this location. At the moment tracks are laid across the South Kensington viaduct & the river bridge and even over the flyover.  However the new tracks stop just over the flyover and new tracks won't be laid until the works at Footscray are just about finished.

Thanks for the video. The train was running a bit slower than I expected however I did enjoy seeming glimpse of the Spion Kop junction and the other RRL tracks going off to the right.
  Factory_Fill Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne VIC
Wandered down to the North Melbourne flyover today. Old tracks are well gone, and works proceeding on new base for the new dual gauge tracks.

They've got plenty of lights setup on the flyover, so obviously working 24 hours throughout the occo. Neighbours are surely loving it!
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong, VIC
The train was running a bit slower than I expected however I did enjoy seeming glimpse of the Spion Kop junction and the other RRL tracks going off to the right.
jdekorte
I was a little surprised at the slower speed on the new section also (Footscray - South Kensington was quite a bit quicker) but the journey time from Footscray to Southern Cross was still greatly reduced, no doubt due to having a clear path all the way in past North Melbourne (well, near North Melbourne).
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong, VIC
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
G'day all. Here are a few photos taken on the 27th December showing the country lines into Spencer St. (Southern Cross for all you youngsters) Just before the "Mega Shut".





And here is the view on day 2 and 3:





Should be interesting to see the end result!
Sorry all. It's been a while since i've posted any pictures on this site. I'm a bit rusty. Are they showing up now?
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Damooops, Railpage automatically adds "http://" to the start of every link to photos.
Could you edit your post and remove them.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I'd be interested to see the photos when the links are fixed -
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
This
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77885492@N04/11631603935/in/photostream/
will take you to damooops's Flickr site, you could navigate from there.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Thank-you for that -
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
Contrillion
Is that a lift?
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Is that a lift?
Some rail man
No it's a crane. Very Happy
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I think what Some Rail Man is referring to is the structure on the left hand side which appears like it could be a stairwell and lift-shaft under construction?

EDIT: I just noticed the smiley face... okay !

While we're on the topic, are there any escalators planned in this project?  I heard that the Libs had canned them in all new stations because of reliability issues.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Is that a lift?
Some rail man
Definitely appears to be a lift shaft at that footbridge, similar in construction to the lift shaft at the adjacent station.

Mike.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Are there any escalators planned in this project?
don_dunstan
I'm pretty sure there's four at Footscray and probably none at Sunshine.
EDIT - There are pairs of escalators going to the island platforms at Footscray and none  at Sunshine.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
Just had a call from dad, the old HV McKay bridge caught fire while the angle grinders were out. Laughing Must've been a minor fire looking at the RRL photo, of course. He and his brother were out till midnight watching the new bridge being installed, I knew I should've went for a look! Laughing

Sunshine station's weatherboard buildings are completely flattened, also.

Wolfpac
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I'm pretty sure there's four at Footscray and probably none at Sunshine.
Gauntlet
Yes Footscray has escalators Installed.
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
I expect that lift to be vandalized within 2 minutes of commissioning. Yes Escalators (at least 6) are being installed at Footscray and another 5 at Spencer Street. Also I hope they barricade off the escalators on the footbridge after the last train leaves the station.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
On the topic of RRL improvements: On their website, the RRL Authority says that Geelong timings are not expected to improve much (the gains are in the separation from urban services) but they don't really say anything about Ballarat or Bendigo.

Does anyone have any ball-park ideas about how many minutes could be shaved off the Ballarat service (for example)?  Five minutes?  Ten minutes?
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Sunshine station's weatherboard buildings are completely flattened, also.
wolfpac
No great loss, they weren't exactly heritage-listed gems.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
No great loss, they weren't exactly heritage-listed gems.
don_dunstan
True there, I just should've went there straight after taking photos at the old HV McKay bridge. Forgot all about going there!

Wolfpac
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
True there, I just should've went there straight after taking photos at the old HV McKay bridge. Forgot all about going there!

Wolfpac
wolfpac
The Regional Rail Link website Photo page has a couple of photos of the new HV McKay bridge being lifted & installed. It's certainly one of the more substantial pedestrian footbridges I've ever seen.

http://www.regionalraillink.vic.gov.au/news/images

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