SWRL Construction Progress

 
  normw Junior Train Controller

A light engine would be adequate for testing interlocking.
maestro

On reconsideration, the June CU's do refer to a 'test train'; pedantically I doubt a single locomotive can be called a 'train', so either the CU's were linguistically incorrect or a 'train' WAS used after testing with a light engine... but who's counting, now the NFO/signalling is in service. Smile

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  Dover Chief Train Controller

Some prior history: Monday about 1.30pm 8101 arrived at Glenfield via the EHDN and began signal testing, starting with the P4 road and trips out to around MF station at a guess. After a couple of trips between GD1 (EHDN) and MF (using the same track), it was switched to the lower end of the Leppington DN ramp. From there it did multiple passes to the P3 platform, testing (AFAICT) the point, catchpoint and related DN Main start signal, which is about when I left it due to declining day and declining weather.

The first 'business' train over the NFO was the 4.05am from Campbelltown today, a K Set with C3548 as lead power car. On approach to Glenfield we were routed to P1, and during our brief stop the guard announced our 'first' as about twelve people wearing PPE (orange vests/white hats) joined the train and three others similarly attired (but one equipped with a camera and tripod) boarded the drivers cab; I assume they were 'SydneyTrains' people. We left near enough to 4.20, and didn't need a flying start at the 'hill' to top it at about 4.23... the view was a non-event at that hour, but did notice a 'drop' on leaving the top of the 'block'. I and all the people previously noted alighted at Holsworthy and after a short wait we all boarded a Campbelltown train that used P4 as expected. We passed a south-bound train enroute to Holsworthy, so cannot claim that as a first use of P4 also.
normw

From what I have come to understand, after 4pm, the test loco 8101 came across to P3 and completed testing between there, GD26 and P4. Test loco 8141 tested through from Casula to Ingleburn on the down and then came back to P1 on the Up. 8101 then went wrong road from P3 to Ingleburn, while 8141 went to Casula on the Up. There was a bit of a spell while points that were remaining booked out were clipped and spiked, then 8141 came back from Casula to complete more testing around Glenfield, before going back to Casula.

8101 then came through from Ingleburn through P3 and over the northern flyover to take (from what I can gather) honours of the first 'train' over the flyover at around 7pm. 8141 came back to Glenfield for more testing, with all testing being done by around 9pm.
  ivahri Train Controller

Picture of the old up EH junction with the rail cut...

  ivahri Train Controller

Testing of the signal protecting the points at the Up end of P3 which governs movements back to the Up track:

  ivahri Train Controller

The view south from the Glenfield station concourse with the new signalling in place:

  ivahri Train Controller

The view north from the concourse:

  normw Junior Train Controller

From what I have come to understand, after 4pm, the test loco 8101 came across to P3 and completed testing between there, GD26 and P4. Test loco 8141 tested through from Casula to Ingleburn on the down and then came back to P1 on the Up. 8101 then went wrong road from P3 to Ingleburn, while 8141 went to Casula on the Up. There was a bit of a spell while points that were remaining booked out were clipped and spiked, then 8141 came back from Casula to complete more testing around Glenfield, before going back to Casula.

8101 then came through from Ingleburn through P3 and over the northern flyover to take (from what I can gather) honours of the first 'train' over the flyover at around 7pm. 8141 came back to Glenfield for more testing, with all testing being done by around 9pm.
Dover

Thanks for the update and added details to the history recorded in this thread.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Glenfield GTI Day 2:
Turnbacks were operating from P3, and all (that I noted) were returning via Granville; a Minto-bound container train passed through on P3 (while it was vacant Smile) but all suburban trains from Liver