Bushfire Update with train updates (Vline)

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Fire updates
Updated 10 pm


Below are the current statuses of each of our train lines:


Ballarat line – Currently not affected by fires. Services expected to operate to normal timetables for Monday AM peak.

Bendigo line – Due to fires near Riddells Creek, the line has been suspended. Coaches are replacing trains but not stopping at Riddells Creek and Clarkefield due to the fires. For Monday AM peak, trains will operate between Bendigo and Gisborne with customers to transfer at Gisborne to coaches for the journey to Melbourne Southern Cross coach terminal. Delays are expected. This plan will change if the Calder Highway is again closed due to the bushfire situation. Please note there will be no coaches or trains servicing Riddells Creek or Clarkefield stations.

Geelong line – Currently not affected by fires. Normal timetable for Monday AM peak.

Gippsland line – Because of fire damage to train tracks and signalling equipment east of Moe, V/Line is operating trains from Melbourne only as far as Moe. We are unable to offer customers coach transfers east of Moe (between Traralgon and Moe) due to road closures. Customers for stations between Bairnsdale and Traralgon are advised that we will have coaches in operation, but they will not be able to proceed beyond Traralgon until police and VicRoads re-open the roads. V/Line advises customers east of Moe to defer travel plans until we can restore services. Just repeating, we are able to run coaches between Bairnsdale and Traralgon and trains between Melbourne and Moe. Further updates will depend on track inspection and the re-opening of fire affected roads.




Seymour line – The Seymour Line is expected to be operating to normal timetables for the Monday AM peak. It was suspended earlier due to a fire near Tallarook and coaches replaced services for some hours.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Does anyone know where the damage was done east of Moe?  The news item last evening stated there were fires at Hazelwood.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
According to http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/  Bylands is also under threat.  
Does anyone know if it's close to the tramway museum?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
According to Vline media there is sleeper damage on the down side of MOE.  The North East was also affected last night with the last DOWN Albury passenger service being terminated at Somerton and returning to Melbourne SCS.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Bendigo train line has reopened, with one track suspended while it is repaired.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Does anyone know where the damage was done east of Moe? The news item last evening stated there were fires at Hazelwood.
bevans

Fire started at Hearne's Oak area, then went South East and North East from there by the looks of it.

The wood stacks at the APM were burning quite badly from what footage I've seen.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Fire started at Hearne's Oak area, then went South East and North East from there by the looks of it.

The wood stacks at the APM were burning quite badly from what footage I've seen.
speedemon08


Police stating 12 fires have been deliberately lit.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Bendigo train line has reopened, with one track suspended while it is repaired.
railblogger

V/line have tweeted a photo and reported around 500 sleepers damaged at Riddells Creek when the fire came very close to the station.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
There must still be timber sleepers left on the bendigo line.

Would that be about it?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
There must still be timber sleepers left on the bendigo line.

Would that be about it?
freightgate

Yes, unless there's another type of sleeper that can be damaged by fire.
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
I see that V/Line isn't taking chances of a repeat of last year's Bairnsdale line level crossing problem. Despite services being run by road coach, the passenger trains are still running - albeit empty and "express".
  A4000Bear Junior Train Controller

Location: Taradale, Vic
There must still be timber sleepers left on the bendigo line.

Would that be about it?
freightgate


That is correct. The Bendigo line is dual track as far as Kyneton. One track was mostly upgraded (with concrete sleepers) as part of the RFR. The other was not upgraded and retained it's wooden sleepers. This is the track that was damaged at Riddell's Creek.

I noticed on my way home tonight there was at least one pallet of new concrete sleepers beside the track at Riddell's Creek. Looks like the burnt sleepers will be replaced with concrete.
  Markbrow10 Station Staff

Location: Moe, Victoria
I saw two hi-rail trucks riding the rails today coming from Hernes oak when I was on narracan drive in moe today around about 2pm.

I drove past the hernes oak fire on the freeway back when it was a small fire early Friday afternoon that night it was largely under control It seemed still under control when I went to work Sunday morning. That fire then re-ignited itself Sunday afternoon and later merged with the Driffield fire which is believed to be deliberately lit that affected morwell proper and caused the coal mine fire at hazelwood and the loss of Paper mills timber stocks at Maryvale. I worked Sunday in morwell and with there no way of getting home I spent the night at my brothers house in Traralgon, my boss who lives in Morwell had evac with his family (don't know where though)

All in all no loss of human life thank goodness and after this fire season I'm seriously considering volunteering with the CFA.

See ya

Mark

Btw I live within earshot of the Gippsland line I haven't heard any train going past yet when I usually can.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I see that V/Line isn't taking chances of a repeat of last year's Bairnsdale line level crossing problem. Despite services being run by road coach, the passenger trains are still running - albeit empty and "express".
B 67


Are we to assume there are no longer any issues with the track east of Moe?  VLine reported track and signal damage, perhaps this has now been repaired?
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Are we to assume there are no longer any issues with the track east of Moe? VLine reported track and signal damage, perhaps this has now been repaired?
bevans

I wouldn't be assuming that. The N and N set would already have been at Bairnsdale before the line was affected by fire. It has been running empty, presumably to Traralgon and then returning to Bairnsdale - empty. I'm assuming it's purely being run to lessen the chance of a repeat of the rail oxidisation and crossing track circuit fiasco of not all that long ago. I can imagine how well it would go down if that happened again.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
9470 made it out of Maryvale last night to head to Melbourne with 9471 heading to the Mill this morning.

Reports in from V/Line state that both Morwell and Hearne's Oak loops are booked out due to damage. No crossing loops between Morwell and Hearne's Oak till further notice.

On the Bendigo line, the East Line is knocked out whilst all the sleepers are replaced. While this is happening, the Deni rice train will run as 9371 via Toolamba and 9072 will run back via Bendigo as normal.
  Burkey Station Master

Noticed yesterday plenty of wooden sleepers still smouldering on the Tocumwal line in between Numurkah and Wunghnu.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
Trains are now running between Moe and Traralgon. I travelled on a service from Melb this morning but we had to wait 20 mins on the up side of Moe (where the double track ends). Presumably this was due to the issues with the Hernes Oak loop. During Moe's once again period of greatness as V/Line's eastern terminal, it's station staff were particularly helpful with the endless traveller queries...with not a lot of reliable information available.
The Princes Hwy has also reopened with a reduced speed limit. There is now a burnt moonscape of about 6k between Moe and Morwell which extends over the rail line.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Noticed yesterday plenty of wooden sleepers still smouldering on the Tocumwal line in between Numurkah and Wunghnu.
Burkey


is this line still open for traffic?
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Benalla, VIC
According to http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/ Bylands is also under threat.
Does anyone know if it's close to the tramway museum?
lkernan

I heard via the police (on a scanner) that the fire was close to the tramway museum (specifically mentioned) earlier today. I'm uncertain of its current status.
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Benalla, VIC
According to Vline media there is sleeper damage on the down side of MOE. The North East was also affected last night with the last DOWN Albury passenger service being terminated at Somerton and returning to Melbourne SCS.
bevans

Firefighters were battling a small fire in Tallarook and were using the railway reserve to contain the fire. BG trains were quickly stopped, SG trains shortly after with the line opening about an hour later on Sunday evening.
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Tocumwal line could  be closed for two weeks. Grays have started road trucking into Mooroopna. Twenty wagon train due at Mooroopna tomorrow.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So does this mean the Tocumwal goods is running to and from Mooroopna for the moment? Is this to the normal timetable?
  hally Train Controller

Location: Splitting the Eaton up into 18th
Tocumwal line could be closed for two weeks. Grays have started road trucking into Mooroopna. Twenty wagon train due at Mooroopna tomorrow.
emmastreet

Someone is in the know..... Its going to be full capacity for mooroopna yard too. It will require at shunt in the late arvo as it will be around the up end corner, past where the reach stacker can get, so the last boxes can be unloaded / reloaded.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Regarding the Tramway museum at Bylands, I was in the area today, so I detoured past to check it out. Everything there seems fine, the fire seemed to get within about 300 meters of the property but not near enough to do any damage (to the tramway museum at least).

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