Resurrecting the Eaglehawk - Inglewood line

 
  click-ity-clack Beginner

Hi again. I know there has been no media release on this line, but there is works happening on this line.
Update that the rail line been cut out a few weeks ago (washout area) is now gone as it was cut in same lengths to fit on a semi. I have a friend in town and his brother works on the rails so do get some info.
Was at the car club meeting on Thursday and a club member have since found out that speed rail is replacing the old rail to run sprinters and return passenger services to Inglewood/Eaglehawk. Bendigo is destined to have dual gauges interchange according to a current report i found through government report pdf dated 2014. Greg

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  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Hi again. I know there has been no media release on this line, but there is works happening on this line.
Update that the rail line been cut out a few weeks ago (washout area) is now gone as it was cut in same lengths to fit on a semi. I have a friend in town and his brother works on the rails so do get some info.
Was at the car club meeting on Thursday and a club member have since found out that speed rail is replacing the old rail to run sprinters and return passenger services to Inglewood/Eaglehawk. Bendigo is destined to have dual gauges interchange according to a current report i found through government report pdf dated 2014. Greg
click-ity-clack
Again, wishful and speculative thinking.  I wish it was true and I had your optimism, but unfortunately the facts don't align.  Here is the closest I can find to official comment on the line and any future use (dated Oct 2015):  https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/file/337/download?token=gj0vJ4QY

Quote Pg 6:
"Whilst not specifically analysed for the purpose of either the TIAR or this Panel Report two major potential future transport connections have been acknowledge in terms of design. These are the Marong Bypass and reactivation of the Sandhurst to Inglewood rail line. It is noted Aurecon have not been advised of any specific details in regard to timelines whereby either connection could be operational and indeed there appears to be no formal documentation that recognises these as operational connections."

Quote pg 25-26:
"PTV is generally in the support of the proposed development, however it is noted that its submission states: “the site abuts the Sandhurst/Eaglehawk and Inglewood railway line. This railway line is currently not used for railway purposes however it is important to ensure that nothing is done to preclude its reactivation….” 5 Submission Review Project 204027 File Marong Business Park PSA Traffic Report_Final.docx 22 October 2015 Revision 1 Page 26 It is noted that the Masterplans do not include any crossing of the disused rail lines and positively identify potential areas that could be utilised in the future to support freight and passenger connections between the business park and the rail line should it be reactivated."

So it's crickets chirping on any reactivation.  At least the alignment is safe for now.  I might take some photos when I can.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Greg id be interested in seeing the 2014 report you are seeing.  Can you provide us with a link?
  click-ity-clack Beginner

Greg id be interested in seeing the 2014 report you are seeing.  Can you provide us with a link?
james.au
yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/30-year-strategy/download
On page 64 down it shows what is planned and highlighted maps of what is happening.
had trouble finding that link you were after.The one above i read through the otherday
Greg
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
It looks like there are some gremlins in your post coding - but I was able to get the report you are seeing.  Here is the link.  This is produced by the Rail Futures Institute.

That report is not a government plan, but is a list of suggestions from what I would consider a well connected group of former railways managers.  Some of it might come to life, but some might not.  The main issue with their report is that it has no cost benefit analysis of any significance, and to me appears to be a bit of a list of suggestions.  Some of their suggestions may have merit and may be investigated by the Victorian Government.  

Lets see what happens, but i wouldnt hold your breath.  Rail announcements are political gold (moreso for Victoria I think) so if it was to happen, there would be a bigger deal made of this!
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Incidentally, all of the rail between Morse's Lane and Bul Bul Creek has been removed.  Ballast and sleepers remain in-situ.
  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

Been 10 days since the last update any further development?
  mrmarcus Station Master

I was up this way the last couple of days.

All of the Calder and Calder Alt Hwy level crossings have newish-looking boom gates on them...as well as advance warning lights. Perhaps my memory has failed me, but i don't remember them being there before....and it seems odd for a line that's apparently "dead".
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I was up this way the last couple of days.

All of the Calder and Calder Alt Hwy level crossings have newish-looking boom gates on them...as well as advance warning lights. Perhaps my memory has failed me, but i don't remember them being there before....and it seems odd for a line that's apparently "dead".
mrmarcus
They were installed around 2008 or so.

When I was in the area a couple of weeks ago the Calder Hwy (Marong) crossing had yellow grid lines freshly painted there.

Anyway, in news today the local council is pretty keen to see the Marong Business Park built along with decent PT links to new housing estates in Maiden Gully: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4301793/bendigo-plans-for-future-of-300000/
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Can someone go out and have a measure of the sleepers and confirm what gauge they are?
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Boom barriers and active advance warning lights for road traffic (as well as those 80km/h speed limits) occurred while Lynne Kosky was transport minister. She directed that all level crossings over defined highways got this sport of treatment after Kerang, one of the better ministerial decisions in recent years. However that by definition incorporated crossings like Inglewood, Derby, Marong, etc., even though the railway was by then effectively closed.

The junction at Eaglehawk was inspected last week. No work done on the branch line, although the main line (Swan Hill) had lots of new sleepers, ballast, etc. Remaining sleepers on the branch are becoming less supportive of the white ant colonies.

I assume the corridor is being retained in case they decide to re-open for passenger traffic as Marong and Bridgewater grow.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Has further work been completed on this section?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Has further work been completed on this section?
x31
I haven't seen any further work.

Incidentally, there has been some movement on the planning amendment for the Marong Business Park.  Heaps of maps and interesting supporting documents here to wade through: http://dsewebapps.dse.vic.gov.au/Shared/ats.nsf/WebViewUniqueID/7060bd2e5dee403fca257de0001d59b5?OpenDocument&G&Greater%20Bendigo&Greater%20Bendigo&Click=CA256DC800080C18.476caac79d318ee2ca256dee001434f7/$Body/0.5CCC
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

An interesting plan for the future of Marong.  The local council are basically saying that beyond the addition of more than 500 houses, passenger train services to Marong would need to be guaranteed (looking at 8 to 12 years time):

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4530690/plan-for-small-towns-big-future/

https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/draft-marong-township-structure-plan-march-15-2017
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Has further work been completed on this section?
I haven't seen any further work.

Incidentally, there has been some movement on the planning amendment for the Marong Business Park.  Heaps of maps and interesting supporting documents here to wade through: http://dsewebapps.dse.vic.gov.au/Shared/ats.nsf/WebViewUniqueID/7060bd2e5dee403fca257de0001d59b5?OpenDocument&G&Greater%20Bendigo&Greater%20Bendigo&Click=CA256DC800080C18.476caac79d318ee2ca256dee001434f7/$Body/0.5CCC
Carnot

I am assuming there will be traffic on this line in the form of BG freight whilst the line between Ballarat and Inglewood is changed and upgraded?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Has further work been completed on this section?
I haven't seen any further work.

Incidentally, there has been some movement on the planning amendment for the Marong Business Park.  Heaps of maps and interesting supporting documents here to wade through: http://dsewebapps.dse.vic.gov.au/Shared/ats.nsf/WebViewUniqueID/7060bd2e5dee403fca257de0001d59b5?OpenDocument&G&Greater%20Bendigo&Greater%20Bendigo&Click=CA256DC800080C18.476caac79d318ee2ca256dee001434f7/$Body/0.5CCC

I am assuming there will be traffic on this line in the form of BG freight whilst the line between Ballarat and Inglewood is changed and upgraded?
x31
Sadly, no.  BG traffic will still go through Dunolly and Maryborough from Sea Lake and Manangatang most of the time from August 2017 to March 2018.  Then the BG rail of the dual gauge track will get removed between Dunolly and Maryborough at the same time those NW Vic BG lines are occupied for conversion (which will take about 3-4 months).

Rumour has it that the big Loddon River bridge at Bridgewater is rather stuffed after the January 2011 flood, and besides that a couple of km of track is gone between this bridge and Inglewood.  The Bendigo to Bridgewater section is in reasonable shape (there was some re-ballasting only 11 years ago I think), although I suspect a high percentage of the sleepers would need replacing due to termites and rot etc.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Will we ever see grain on rail into Bridgewater as this is regular 10-15 B doubles per day.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Will we ever see grain on rail into Bridgewater as this is regular 10-15 B doubles per day.
x31

From where?

At 45t, that would equate to 675t per week, or just 35,100 per year.  These volumes are not really rail worthy Id think.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Will we ever see grain on rail into Bridgewater as this is regular 10-15 B doubles per day.
x31
Probably not.  The local mill currently obtains high quality specialty grains direct from farms.

Incidentally, some real nuggets in this report put together for the local council: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/plan-greater-bendigo-draft-discussion-paper-march-15-2017

Some take homes:
- Intention to see new stations built at Maiden Gully and Marong as part of Bendigo Metro.  (see page 16)
- A desire to see the Marong Business Park, Bridgewater and Inglewood serviced by passenger rail as well in the long term (that raises the possibility of this whole line remaining BG - perhaps DG between the Business Park and Inglewood for freight???).

I would call this report full of good intentions, but rather optimistic.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The report looks sensible and fits in with the city of bendigo so has more than half a chance.  I assume the Marong Railway Station would be planned for the same site or will it be located elsewhere?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

The report looks sensible and fits in with the city of bendigo so has more than half a chance.  I assume the Marong Railway Station would be planned for the same site or will it be located elsewhere?
bevans
Yes, more or less the same location.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Will we ever see grain on rail into Bridgewater as this is regular 10-15 B doubles per day.

From where?

At 45t, that would equate to 675t per week, or just 35,100 per year.  These volumes are not really rail worthy Id think.
james.au

45 x 10 x 7 = 3150
45 x 15 x 7 = 4725
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

45 x 10 x 7 = 3150
45 x 15 x 7 = 4725
kitchgp

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  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

Will we ever see grain on rail into Bridgewater as this is regular 10-15 B doubles per day.

From where?

At 45t, that would equate to 675t per week, or just 35,100 per year.  These volumes are not really rail worthy Id think.

45 x 10 x 7 = 3150
45 x 15 x 7 = 4725
kitchgp
Average of 10 and 15 is 12.5. I would work on 6 days/week rather than 7. So 12.5 trucks x 6/week x 50 weeks = 3,750 trucks p.a. A 45t payload is a safe assumption, so that's 168,750tpa. Pretty sure that's rail worthy... from either Inglewood or Bridgewater on SG (or BG pre-MBRP) or Marong on BG.
  click-ity-clack Beginner

Hi all. Update. The points at Inglewood has been repaired and the internal cross section has been put aside and will be put back in the points and re-aligned when they standardise the line from Dunolly. I spoke to one of the track crew men. The track work between Inglewood and Eaglehawk is on Vic tracks repair list. There is a new railway station about to be built at Marong. This was on local news and radio and construction starts in about 5 months The line heading out to Marong from Eaglehawk will soon be under repair and re-opened during or after the new station is built.
Will supply more updates.
Oh and the miniature railway at Inglewood works is now under way on stage one of three. Greg

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