Ballarat Line upgrades underway

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 20 Nov 2017 12:49
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Hello Big Shunter, caught the train from Ballarat to Melbourne the week before last, there's been a lot of changes. There's now double track from the old junction at Gordon where the old route branches off - it's double track from there westward till it becomes single again just before the long bridge at Werribee river gorge. Obviously the loop around to Bungraree is going to be permanently removed.
don_dunstan
A bit of a correction here

The new double track Is on the Millbrook - Dunnstown diversion between the Moorabool River West Branch viaduct and the Lal Lal Creek viaduct, passing under two road bridges (Speadeagle Road and Peerewerth Road)

Yes the Bungraree - Wallance loop will be decommissioned (my guess Is a rail trail would be developed along the former corridor, after the tracks get ripped up)

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  Duncs Chief Commissioner

The new double track Is on the Millbrook - Dunnstown diversion between the Moorabool River West Branch viaduct and the Lal Lal Creek viaduct, passing under two road bridges (Speadeagle Road and Peerewerth Road)

So between the two viaducts? I assume that double track will become a passing loop?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The new double track Is on the Millbrook - Dunnstown diversion between the Moorabool River West Branch viaduct and the Lal Lal Creek viaduct, passing under two road bridges (Speadeagle Road and Peerewerth Road)

So between the two viaducts? I assume that double track will become a passing loop?
Duncs
Yes

As you would assume viaducts are expensive to duplicate, so those two points are natural economical starting and ending points for the new crossing loop / double track.
  Lockspike Assistant Commissioner

Last Thursday (15/05/19) I took a look at the Ballarat Line’s Western end works.

Bacchus Marsh Yard:
As others have reported the stabling sidings have now gone.
A new turnout is in place immediately on the Dn side of the Fisken St LXing for an extended Up Platform Rd.
The Dn platform face appears finished. Current activity seemed to be backfilling and consolidating the platform and carpark area.
The new footbridge truss span is sitting on the Dn side near the Goods Shed. A mobile crane was set up near the area that appears to be the base of the Dn side stairs and lift.

Bacchus Marsh, Osborne Rd LXing:
Earthworks well underway for new Dn Mn.

Maddingley, Kerrs Rd LXing:
Dn Mn earthworks appear finished.
The capping layer of blue metal roadbase seems to be nearing completion. The stabling sidings approach road has been used enough to have put a good shine on the rails. My impression of the stabling facility is that it looks like a gaol!

Ballan:
New Loop (will this be Up and Dn or Mn and Loop working?) in place except for at road Xings.
Structural work for footbridge, lifts and platform shelter appears to be complete and awaiting’ fitout’.

Millbrook:
Couldn’t see much from Sullivans Rd O’bridge, but the Up end of the new loop seemingly appeared complete, and with signals standing.

Lookouts and (road) Traffic Controllers at Millbrook and Osborne Rd appear to have been given a security brief. At both locations within seconds of emerging from my car they were reporting my presence via radio. At Osbornes Rd I heard the reply, “Gunzel or reporter?”. Being mindful to remain on the public road I was not ‘moved along’, but the watchful gaze was not welcoming.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
I'll poke this link and article in ear, seeing it's referring to the upgrades.

Fast rail push from councils labelled "not achievable" by state government.

Regional councils have taken a plan for 200kmh trains to the state and federal governments, pushing to increase employment opportunities by creating a reliable and frequent 45-minute trip to Ballarat.

The City of Ballarat is one of five councils that are part of the City of Greater Geelong's proposal to revolutionise rail to the regions, as well as Bendigo, Shepparton, and Latrobe City, within seven years.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6207743/ballarat-to-melbourne-in-45-minutes-new-push-from-regions-for-200kmh-trains/

Link cut from the Wimmera MailTimes from..ah.... not sure, today or yesterdee or tomorrow .......

https://www.facebook.com/pg/WimmeraMailTimes/posts/?ref=page_internal .......... lots of waffle and kicking screaming about I want a train, a lot of the knobs posting, as usual obviously have know idea of the infrastructure required to achieve even half of what their squawking about ....Rolling Eyes

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Just a reconfirmation for the locals, no trains from Monday, no further news, thought it was a good picture of the works being done at Mike's local.

No Ballarat trains from Monday as two week blitz begins.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6234806/no-trains-from-monday-as-two-week-blitz-begins/?cs=225

Link from Friday's Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Are they still planing to build a pedestrian overpass a Ballarat Station ? as like was done at Geelong and Bendigo Stations.

Ballarat Station does have a descent standard pedestrian level crossing, where as Geelong a battery powered buggy (?) was needed to carry passengers between the platforms (who couldn't use the staircase) Bendigo had/has a narrow footpath up and over Mitchel Street overpass (to get between the platforms.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
Are they still planing to build a pedestrian overpass a Ballarat Station ? as like was done at Geelong and Bendigo Stations.

Ballarat Station does have a descent standard pedestrian level crossing, where as Geelong a battery powered buggy (?) was needed to carry passengers between the platforms (who couldn't use the staircase) Bendigo had/has a narrow footpath up and over Mitchel Street overpass (to get between the platforms.
Nightfire
There have never been plans to do so at Ballarat.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Ballarat Station does have a descent standard pedestrian level crossing . . .
"Nightfire"
Does it have a decent ascent one as well?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Ballarat Station does have a descent standard pedestrian level crossing . . .
Does it have a decent ascent one as well?
Valvegear
Just stock standard for Victorian Goldfields Region
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Ballarat Station does have a descent standard pedestrian level crossing . . .
Does it have a decent ascent one as well?
Just stock standard for Victorian Goldfields Region
Nightfire

It's a joke, Joyce... Smile

With apologies to the King, Gra Gra.

Mike.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Just a reconfirmation for the locals, no trains from Monday, no further news, thought it was a good picture of the works being done at Mike's local.

No Ballarat trains from Monday as two week blitz begins.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6234806/no-trains-from-monday-as-two-week-blitz-begins/?cs=225

Link from Friday's Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

...and at Mikes local at 20:00 it's currently .04c, so a white frost and a probable cold bus for the L O N G  journey to work tomorrow.

Oh well...thoughts of my upcoming English summer holiday will have to sustain me till Wed 3 July.

Mike.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
6.4c here in dons non-convict city, 4min over night, it's that time of year and always feels twice as cold on a platform waiting for the next train, some thermals for the bus trip tomorrow........

BigShunter.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Oh well...thoughts of my upcoming English summer holiday will have to sustain me till Wed 3 July.
"The Vinelander"
Enjoy - I have to wait until July 13 for my summer in France, Switzerland and Germany. ( pardon the irrelevance to the main topic.)
  justarider Chief Train Controller

Location: Stuck on VR and hoping for better.
@Mike and @valve

summer hols are never irrelevant. Pity you both have to wait until July. Time to escape Ballarat.

Today in Copenhagen,  25c and sunny. The young uns are still beach partying in the sun at 10pm. Life is hard.

cheers
John
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Whilst we retirees and almost retirees...

I didn't mention that after Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly we shall be railing it back to London then across to Brussels on the Eurostar and then North to Oslo and Bodo then the ferry North to Kirkenes for a couple of days..

As a newbie to the Continent...Any tips for my 2 night Copenhagen stay would be welcome. Smile

Mike..
  justarider Chief Train Controller

Location: Stuck on VR and hoping for better.
Mike,

best suggestion for Copenhagen is - bring plenty of money.

The metro is brilliant, 2-3 minute interval @ peak, 4-5 off-peak. They measure next train in 1/2 minute - and deliver. On parts where the route is shared, that's 1.5 minute headway.
It does go to the airport and connect with the S lines above ground.

24hr or 48hr city pass (small) gives unlimited PT on all modes. Buy at vending machine any station, clock begins when you buy so plan when you want to start and end. No mechanical gates check them so you can crib a little bit.

1 hour grand canal cruise leaves Nyhavn , near Kongens Nyrtorv station. Good overview of what city is about. Price check the various boats, they all do much the same.
Helps with mapping where/which sites you can fit in, and gives discount vouchers for the popular places.

Give the Tivoli a miss,  unless you want to spend hours on roller coaster type rides.

Hope you enjoy as much as me. Off to Oslo soon, might be worth another write.

cheers
John
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Just bringing it back to the Ballarat line works...

Bus was at the station for my 6:23 and -1c start and I was on-board with around 10 mins to spare. However after on-boarding a wheel chair which took the space of 6 regular seats, the bus was full around 3 mins before time. We left around 10 pax behind for the following service.

Interesting that not so long ago the bus would be half full when these bustitutions occurred.

Fortunately, an RDO in the building sector had us rolling down the Western Hwy with nary a delay, right over Westgate, Bolte and in to the bus terminal by 7:25, around 5 mins slower than my semi-express train.

A very good start to the week, but the tradies will be back tomorrow as will the congestion.

Mike.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
On Sunday, the Coburns Rd level Crossing on the down side of Melton station was re-opened to road traffic. There are now 2 tracks going through this crossing.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Just a reconfirmation for the locals, no trains from Monday, no further news, thought it was a good picture of the works being done at Mike's local.

No Ballarat trains from Monday as two week blitz begins.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6234806/no-trains-from-monday-as-two-week-blitz-begins/?cs=225

Link from Friday's Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.

...and at Mikes local at 20:00 it's currently .04c, so a white frost and a probable cold bus for the L O N G  journey to work tomorrow.

Oh well...thoughts of my upcoming English summer holiday will have to sustain me till Wed 3 July.

Mike.
The Vinelander
You could always catch the Overland. You remember, that train you insisted should be kept even though you never catch it.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.

...and at Mikes local at 20:00 it's currently .04c, so a white frost and a probable cold bus for the L O N G  journey to work tomorrow.

Oh well...thoughts of my upcoming English summer holiday will have to sustain me till Wed 3 July.

Mike.You could always catch the Overland. You remember, that train you insisted should be kept even though you never catch it.
don_dunstan
Not poking the Bear, are ya don.....?.......Razz

BigShunter.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
You could always catch the Overland. You remember, that train you insisted should be kept even though you never catch it.
don_dunstan

Seriously...who rattled your chain....please go back to your conservative, doldrum, debt ridden state...FFS Exclamation

...and for others who may not be aware, the Overland hasn't travelled through Ballan in over 20 years.

Mike.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Just bringing it back to the Ballarat line works...

Bus was at the station for my 6:23 and -1c start and I was on-board with around 10 mins to spare. However after on-boarding a wheel chair which took the space of 6 regular seats, the bus was full around 3 mins before time. We left around 10 pax behind for the following service.

Interesting that not so long ago the bus would be half full when these bustitutions occurred.

Fortunately, an RDO in the building sector had us rolling down the Western Hwy with nary a delay, right over Westgate, Bolte and in to the bus terminal by 7:25, around 5 mins slower than my semi-express train.

A very good start to the week, but the tradies will be back tomorrow as will the congestion.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Shocked......Well, after a few lefts and rights, might move back on track or to the track....Wink

Mike, how's the Bustitution running, still running to a reasonably tight schedule and has anyone heard any info how the works are progressing, will the trains return as planned, next week, perhaps Gman might have the oil on this.

BigShunter.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Just bringing it back to the Ballarat line works...

Bus was at the station for my 6:23 and -1c start and I was on-board with around 10 mins to spare. However after on-boarding a wheel chair which took the space of 6 regular seats, the bus was full around 3 mins before time. We left around 10 pax behind for the following service.

Interesting that not so long ago the bus would be half full when these bustitutions occurred.

Fortunately, an RDO in the building sector had us rolling down the Western Hwy with nary a delay, right over Westgate, Bolte and in to the bus terminal by 7:25, around 5 mins slower than my semi-express train.

A very good start to the week, but the tradies will be back tomorrow as will the congestion.

Mike.
Shocked......Well, after a few lefts and rights, might move back on track or to the track....Wink

Mike, how's the Bustitution running, still running to a reasonably tight schedule and has anyone heard any info how the works are progressing, will the trains return as planned, next week, perhaps Gman might have the oil on this.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

The buses in the morning, bearing in mind my express bus is departing at 6:23, or earlier if full is making good time to the City. This week, due to congestion on Westgate the driver (same driver every morning on the same service) headed along the Ring Rd towards Calder Fwy and went to the City that way.

Amazingly, from Ballan 1 hour exactly which is the same as the train which makes 2 stops.

Coming home though in the 16:33 express bus, always less crowded than the morning, but not a great run, though last nights 85 mins was about the best run so far. The train on a good night is 46 mins.

The Windle St level crossing on the UP side of Ballan will be complete with two tracks now and the cladding is going on the new pedestrian bridge at Ballan...lifts are being installed as well.

Tonight and tomorrow morning is all from me as I'm off to Cornwall for a week of GWR travel and thence by train to Bodo in northern Norway..

I'll probably report a bit in here as I've got a lot of cruising time in Norway.

Mike.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
My experience of the coach replacements over the weekend were they are some of the best run ones that V/Line have done.

The Ararat trains have had their timetables adjusted and loaded into to the Journey Planner. No paper copies at the station, but the staff will give the times to passengers rather than just saying to give extra time.

There are plenty of staff at Ballarat with Conductors providing customer service alongside people specifically there to account for and dispatch the coaches. Coaches are being sent out when full and not being made to wait around for departure time. Having a published timetable that everyone can refer to means there is a lot less confusion. Southern Cross seems to be operating in a very similar way.

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