Gauge-changer installed at Belarus-Poland border

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 14 Mar 2015 22:16
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
BELARUS: Belarus Railways has installed a Talgo automatic gauge-changer at Brest station, close the Polish border, and expects to obtain certification for it to be used by Talgo passenger trainsets during the first quarter of 2015
Gauge-changer installed at Belarus-Poland border

The train is changed in motion.  Why can't this technology be examined for Queensland and NSW interconnection?

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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
The Spaniards have (or had?) something similar at the French border. I heard about it a long time ago and I think it was for freight vehicles. I'm not sure if there were speed restrictions on the vehicles converted to use it or if the whole thing was a success.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Why can't this technology be examined for Queensland and NSW interconnection?
BenGibbons
Do Aurizon tranship any freight at Acacia Ridge? Do PN move anything by road between Acacia Ridge and Moolabin?
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Do Aurizon tranship any freight at Acacia Ridge? Do PN move anything by road between Acacia Ridge and Moolabin?
Graham4405

Is there demand from the southern states to the North and middle of Queensland?  Probably.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The train is changed in motion.  Why can't this technology be examined for Queensland and NSW interconnection?
BenGibbons

It is possible that the Talgo gauge change system is only for passenger vehicles with articulation and a single axle per vehicle.

It is not clear if it works for non articulated bogie freight waggons.

If it were, Talgo would be advertising in Australian magazines, such as "Track and Signal" or "Railway Digest".

Also, Talgo is used for SG and two wider BG (BG Spain and BG Russia).

It is not clear if there is enough room between NG wheels for the Talgo gauge change equipment.

As said before, Talgo advertisements of their wonderful system are conspicuous by their absence.

Also, the market for Talgo equipment in NSW and QLD may be too small to make it worthwhile for the Talgo people to bother.

There is also the "NIH" factor.

Talgo gauge changers date from IIRC 1950s, and may be obsolete technology. SadSad

BTW, the first Talgo trainsets were built in 1942, not long after the end of the Spanish Civil War.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talgo
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
In the video below it appears to show how a bogie change might work:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LFIUkcPNM

If that is the case, could it be used for BG/SG connections in Vic/NSW/SA?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Sure, it could be used to convert from Irish Broad Gauge to Standard Gauge and vice-versa in Victoria. NSW has no BG-SG breaks-of-gauge any more and SA doesn't have any more BG freight or passenger services that could benefit from such technology.

Better to just bite the bullet and get rid of 5'6" 5'3" broad gauge from Australian rail freight by converting the rest of Victoria's regional freight network to SG, I'd say.

Edit: de-Indian-ised
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
In the video below it appears to show how a bogie change might work:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LFIUkcPNM

If that is the case, could it be used for BG/SG connections in Vic/NSW/SA?
railblogger

What about the brake shoes?