That side tracking aside, fix the train issue.
How does this happen in 2016 anyway? ??
Time and time again, the word goes out on these very pages - not all of us know these abbreviations.
The purpose of language is to communicate - please spell out what you're talking about so that those of us who do not have the superior model brain may understand WTF you're on about.
A few decades ago some idiots in the then VicRail or VR after the first Board was appointed decided that it wasn't good enough to have people who started at the bottom in the railway business like Sir Harold Clapp did (but what would he know)...it was important to move the railway into an economic business model where economists and bean counters were the way of the future and first hand experience by railwaymen of many years was either considered redundant OR if the railwayman made a life career of his rail profession, he was considered to be quaint and narrow minded.
A woodford opinion piece, you have been warned....................The curve on the Clifton hill (which is lubricated) would not likely ever see a vehicle akin to a Velocity. The rolling stock for the two curves highlighted are set up very different. The yaw stiffness on the high speed Vlocity would not take to a curve as well as the relatively undamped set up on a suburban car. None the less I would be surprise if one bad-acting curve would cause such wide spread issues on the Vline network. The step change in where, if true however, is interesting but none the less may be coincidental with the RFR line opening too. Potential changes could be just as much in the wheel materials (change of supplier), bogie set up, wheel profile(rail profile compatibility) alignment of wheel change outs timing, etc. We will no doubt find out in time.
May I make a point, sharp curves, level crossing warning systems both track DC and AC track circuit, Vlocity's and Sprinters have been with us for some time, WHY HAS THIS NOW just become an issue.
The curve over the flyover measures as 140mete radius, the sharpest mainline curve is 120m radius just north of Clifton Hill on the South Morang line. This curve has been there for over 100 years apparently without causing any major concern.
The same goes for level crossings, Vlocity's have been with us since late December 2005, why is there an issue only become apparent recently.
The most likely answer to both of these is cuts in budgets, a good portion of the population including most polititicians think that maintence is just another way they can be "screwed" for money. This is simply NOT THE CASE. Any technicqal system HAS to be maintained. If this does not occur problems DEFINITELY will arise.
In recent years all governments in Australia have been some what hamstrung by the population's wish for low tax rates. I have said this before and I will say it again low tax rates and poor services IS THE WAY IT WORKS.
End woodford opinion piece, you have been warned....................
Yep. Here's another one - the derailment at Pyramid Hill in 2013. By pure luck a PN grainy instead of the morning Up train from Swan Hill went off the rails.....
I agree with what you say about being screwed for money. The trade off is performance and risk. We are consistently seeing the results of the risk issues coming to the top, issues such as:
- Morwell River Culvert failures - twice!
- The NE performance and level of train replacements
- Bogie cracking and time taken for replacements
I'm sure the contributors to this page could expand the list. What else is out there ready to bite. Or are we waiting for the next Longford disaster?
The $20 question is where is the money going to? I feel as a Victorian tax payer we have a high cost and low performing asset and have every right to express dissatisfaction. Throwing more money at it is no necessarily the solution as it may do nothing but condone bad behaviours too.
Rail is the low man on the totem pole.
Some additional insight.One needs to see the original article, the links is at the bottom.
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Some additional insight.
I think I am being a bit excessive on the flange thickness issue, doubtlessly they picked the worst worn flanges for the images. But letting any parts wear that much past the limits MUST be unacceptable.A woodford opiinion piece, you have been warned.Keep up the good work Woodford, lovin' it as usual!
Some more info on the political machinations behind the level crossing drama:But what has the level crossing issue to do with the flange and rail wear problem? What is causing the rail and flange wear problem? Excessive bogie hunting, wheels pressed onto the axle out of gauge or rail out of gauge or a combo of all 3. That is what you get using a weird gauge no one uses any more.
Thinking about it and discussing with a few colleagues, it would be a number of things that have combined to catch them out.Some more info on the political machinations behind the level crossing drama:But what has the level crossing issue to do with the flange and rail wear problem? What is causing the rail and flange wear problem? Excessive bogie hunting, wheels pressed onto the axle out of gauge or rail out of gauge or a combo of all 3. That is what you get using a weird gauge no one uses any more.