Kilmore East platform works April-May 2014

 
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

Have you been told to keep quiet now Grosso?
Seems in previous threads about the Bendigo line and toolamba you were "always opinionated" now, not so much?

Currently a 25km/h restriction through the up platform due to the excavations close to the track. Bit nerve racking when you have 2000t behind and seeing daylight underneath the sleepers...now that it's been raining, I sure hope the track hasn't moved...
G41


Not allowed to fully disclose everything. I have alot of photos that i can not display till the project is at PC (Practical Completion)
The track is fine, there's no risk of collapse and that hole will filled soon enough anyway. You have 98.4% of the sleeper sitting on fire stable ground with the remainder 1.6% on a slight minimal overhang.

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  jd-temp Beginner

Hi all. jjd76au here. For some odd reason my normal account is buggered.

Is there any way I can get photos on here directly?

I'm trying to FTP them to my normal webpage but my home internet is buggered and my work (bless them) are still running Windows XP and I found that was one of the first things to fail.

Any advice would be appreciated.

The work looks to have stalled, understandably enough given the constant rain.

To be honest, even when it's going on at night it's been fairly quiet, apart from the odd reversing beep. Admittedly I'm not living directly over the road so people there may disagree Smile

Also thanks for all the inside info Grosso (realising that your are limited in what you can say).

Cheers all
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

i use photobucket.com.. i upload my photos onto there and then copy the URL to here.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Hi again all.

Been off work since that last message. Saved all my leave for these school holidays. Thanks Grosso, but the new modem arrived this morning and I'm off and running again.

So to begin

FRIDAY April 4

I had a string of photos here but loading them up they've nearly ALL seemed to come in bloody sideways (bloody iPhones and their "aspect").

Day one I mucked around in Photoshop and merged them together into a panorama. I know the purists will probably hate them but at least they work.

These are all a fraction of the original size, so please feel free to ask if you want an original Imax version Smile

Shown here is the Melbourne bound platform with the "cut" where the work will go to. The process is to shift the tracks 40cm, but you can see from the pic it's a good metre-and-a-half-ish in from the edge. Obviously still learning on the panoramas (it gets better) but one thing this one with the cool bend in it does is show the "cut" line in a straight line...... of course I meant that..... no really.....




By that evening some of the bigger gear had arrived, as shown in earlier shots in this thread:





And it'll continue to grow as I get time to post the rest.

Cheers all
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
SATURDAY April 5th

Showing work from the previous night.  Demolition of the northern end of the platform has begun.




  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
SUNDAY April 6th.

Shows the work done on the Saturday night. Demolition creeping north.

This one shows the "bite" taken out of the platform really well.



Something I'd forgotten until posting this one above.

Apparently (according to the Station Master) the platforms are also being extended (46m rings a bell bot not 100% sure) and that signal you can see there will be moved.  Not sure if it will be part of these works or further in the future.  Since the Seymour bound platform will also be extended, he wasn't sure of the implications for the siding on the south end of the Kilmore East Station.

And another thing...... Smile

There are works over the Easter weekend on the railway bridge 1km north of K-E station.  I am not sure if these are in conjunction with the track work above or another separate maintenance issue.  Until I hear otherwise i'll post pics of that work in this thread.

Since I'm on the eastern side and the under the bridge road will be closed for the full four days, I wont have any platform progress pics after today until going back to work on Tuesday.
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

Top photos mate.
46l/m only on Platform 2 though, that i can confirm for you.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
TUESDAY April 8th

Just a wet evening shot as I got off the train, showing that the demolition extended to the full length of the platform at the northern end by the end on Monday nights work.

  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
WEDNESDAY April 9th.

Pretty much the same stage as Tuesday I think as overnight rain was beginning to set in over the next few days.





  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
THURSDAY April 10th

Rain rain go away........

Seriously, how the hell does anyone achieve construction work in this weather??

Have a look at the full platform length puddle the guys had to contend with.







By Thursday evening the platform "frontages"(?) began to arrive, along with a stack of concrete reinforcing you can see in the middle background.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
FRIDAY April 11th

Reinforcing laid down in the channel Thursday night.  Looks like some sort of plastic weather-proofing membrane underneath.  Grim day......





  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
WEDNESDAY April 16th

Bit of jump since the Friday thanks to school holidays. Frontages up, on what I assume was a concrete poured base over the reo.

Not sure if the photos show it off too well but the was a small gap (1inch - 25mm -ish?) under the frontages above the base, which stuck put as a lip of at least 100mm from what I could see. I'm assuming this would be drainage one way or the other. Most of the gaps were blocked on this day with simple treated pine boards. I guess the boards aren't staying.... Smile

Southern end:





Northern End:







And that's now up to date.

Thanks to the bridgeworks, I'm now stuck on the other side of the line, so now more updates on the platform until I'm back at work.

The bridge on the other hand........
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

Haha those bloody puddles made alot of fun that night, had to come clear out all the water and to also remove to soggy ground below to allow the reinforcement with it's chairs to sit on firm ground below, overall was pretty straight forward.

30mm - 50mm gaps we're to allow for High Strength Non Shrink Grout to be placed underneath the panels so the sole weight of the panel (2.5T) isn't actually on the 1200mm wide concrete footing below.
Looks like your photos are fairly up-to-date, i have ones on my own records but unable to show the photos till later date, yours for now mate are fairly spot on.


Keep your photos coming mate Smile
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

The bit that faces the pit (track) is generally known as the platform facing .  In this case concrete slab construction, in other cases, rail and slab, brick .

The top facing edge is called the platform coping.   It can be concrete,  bluestone or timber .
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
"Facing"!!!!  Thanks!!  Brain wasn't working this morning.  Too many late nights watching kids movies these holidays Smile

Thanks for the info and feedback guys!!
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
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  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Nice pic Xtrap, leads perfectly into these:

TUESDAY, April 22nd

Platform work continuing.  Looks like brackets for the coping is in place on the facing (see...??  Getting to know the lingo!!)

Pine boards blocking the gaps for the full length, I assume for moulding the grout mentioned above by Grosso.









  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Below is the result of Xtraps pic above.  The foundation work for the extension of Platform 2 to the south.  It's not anywhere near as long as I thought it would be, and nowhere near the siding that I thought it may interfere with.  You can see the areas of fresh ballast (right terminology?) and if you look right up the line, there's a bit of the side of O'Gradys Road to the south where you can see a huge pile of more ballast ready to go, along with a pile of 30+ ft sleepers, which to my untrained eye would be for maintenance under the three(?) tracks along the way in this pic....??
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
And so to the bridge.  Funny what you look at every damn day then can't remember exactly how it was before.

From memory I'm pretty sure the entire concrete deck of the "old" bridge was replaced (with galvanised steel?) and with adding in these walkways each side.

Eastern side, looking south.


Underneath (obviously) looking north showing off the shiny new deck:


Western side of the old bridge, looking south.



Eastern side of the old bridge again, final work was a lot of bedding down of this ballast around the bridge base and ramp down as far as I could tell.


Western side, still looking south, continuation of above, just from the other side of the bridge column.  You can see the "new" bridge on the left.  Those piles go down a long long way.  I've never really been sure what that platform at the bottom ever really achieved, as you can see how it has been broken and washed away underneath.  This spot floods above that level 2-3 times per year. It was originally a rectangle, I'm pretty sure.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Please let me know if these aren't quite working for everyone.  I'm going ok on the preview, but some are being a pain when i look at the webpage.

Cheers
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Please let me know if these aren't quite working for everyone. I'm going ok on the preview, but some are being a pain when i look at the webpage.

Cheers
jjd76au

Can't see some of them on this page.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Yes that type of deck replacement has been common in Victoria in recent years, including over the Avon River at Stratford.

The galvanised steel decking sections are corrugated to give them extra strength. They have holes to let water run through ballasted deck and fall through . They are secured to the bridge beams by various different methods.
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
With all that work on the bridge I'd hope they have removed them petty little speed restrictions for G class locomotives. Guess I'll find out in about an hour
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

Not all your photos are uploading mate.
It's like there constantly trying to load but they wont load up?
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

Below is the result of Xtraps pic above. The foundation work for the extension of Platform 2 to the south. It's not anywhere near as long as I thought it would be, and nowhere near the siding that I thought it may interfere with. You can see the areas of fresh ballast (right terminology?) and if you look right up the line, there's a bit of the side of O'Gradys Road to the south where you can see a huge pile of more ballast ready to go, along with a pile of 30+ ft sleepers, which to my untrained eye would be for maintenance under the three(?) tracks along the way in this pic....??
jjd76au


That pile of fresh ballast you speak of is for when they shift the track over on the Melbourne side as you were told by the Station master few weeks back Smile

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