3 new stations for the Bendigo line announced

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Queensland finished something similar and the massive was not there.

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  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

It should be mentioned that Eaglehawk station redevelopment is complete.  But the section of extended platform is not open yet.  That might be because of driver familiarisation/final sign-off etc?

As for the other stations, that's still very much in the planning and design stage.  No sign of tenders etc yet.

Interestingly, the new Huntly station has appeared on the masterplan map for a nearby greenfield estate:
https://provenancebendigo.com/masterplan/
Carnot
Be interesting to know how our ever on the ball  Ministry of Planning  negotiated as a developer contribution towards the cost the aforesaid Huntly proposed station which instantly increases the value and selling price of the blocks.  Its called value capture and Victoria is singularly hopeless in using it as a funding mechanism to improve piblic transport facilties. So no doubt yet again the developer takes all, and the poor old general VTP loses out yet again.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
That announcement relates to relaying south of Bendigo; it's not part of the Regional Rail project

Neil

Hi Neil, thanks for the update.

It is interesting the minister calls it a massive project?
bevans

It's more than I could manage with a pick and a garden spade... Sad

M.
  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
Be interesting to know how our ever on the ball  Ministry of Planning  negotiated as a developer contribution towards the cost the aforesaid Huntly proposed station which instantly increases the value and selling price of the blocks.  Its called value capture and Victoria is singularly hopeless in using it as a funding mechanism to improve piblic transport facilties. So no doubt yet again the developer takes all, and the poor old general VTP loses out yet again.
kuldalai
Agree with you, but it works both ways though.

If I recall correctly 15 or so years ago developers of nearby estates were required to contribute to a new station in Cranbourne East.  The developments have all happened, but we are still waiting for the Station (and the extension of electrification).

Ross
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

That announcement relates to relaying south of Bendigo; it's not part of the Regional Rail project

Neil

Hi Neil, thanks for the update.

It is interesting the minister calls it a massive project?

It's more than I could manage with a pick and a garden spade... Sad

M.
The Vinelander
It was a re-sleepering project, the sort of thing that used to be routine. The sort of thing that would still be routine with a properly funded railway maintenance regime.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Station Master

Location: Mildura, Victoria
Hi, the resleepering was pretty big. when they singled the BGO line they didn't upgrade the track between Taradale and Ravenswood despite the singling. i was told by a V/Line conductor that they completely resleepered that section apparently for 160kph running. correct me if im wrong.

cheers
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Hi, the resleepering was pretty big. when they singled the BGO line they didn't upgrade the track between Taradale and Ravenswood despite the singling. i was told by a V/Line conductor that they completely resleepered that section apparently for 160kph running. correct me if im wrong.

cheers
Lachlan's Train Channel

I seem to recall the singled line from the Elphinstone tunnel to Castlemaine was timber sleepers after the RFR upgrade and the signalling was also set for 130Kmh operation. These timber sleepers that have been replaced with concrete sleepers (depending on whether they are the light or heavy weight) may well be capable of up to 160Km/h operation due to the long straight stretch of track, however the signalling must be upgraded before that speed can be maintained...at least in that section.

Mike.

(edited because what I wrote earlier wasn't correct)
  Carnot Minister for Railways

All timber sleepers on the mainline (but NOT Loop sections or East track) between Bendigo and Macedon have been replaced with concrete sleepers.  Line speed remains at 130 km/h on sections previously not listed as 160 km/h running.  These sections also tend to be quite 'twisty' (i.e. Big Hill, Porcupine Hill to Elphinstone, Woodend to Macedon), although I suspect the latter might get a bump in line speed.

The question now is what are they going to do with the East Track South of Kyneton which has been 115 km/h for V/los since August last year after they discovered said DMUs are way overweight?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Hi, the resleepering was pretty big. when they singled the BGO line they didn't upgrade the track between Taradale and Ravenswood despite the singling. i was told by a V/Line conductor that they completely resleepered that section apparently for 160kph running. correct me if im wrong.

cheers

I seem to recall the singled line from the Elphinstone tunnel to Castlemaine was timber sleepers after the RFR upgrade and the signalling was also set for 130Kmh operation. These timber sleepers may well be capable of up to 160Km/h operation due to the long straight stretch, however the signalling must be upgraded before that speed can be maintained...at least in that section.

Mike.
The Vinelander
I can confirm it is all concrete now from Down end Elphinstone Loop to Castlemaine and beyond. I don't travel beyond CME on my (ATM infrequent) rail trips but having been driven to Harcourt a few weeks back I can confirm that concretes were going in all along the line parallel to the road though Barkers Creek.

I also know that the V/Line gang was on again off again staying at the Big 4 caravan park near the Botanical Gardens here for the last 3 weeks or so. The last of them left on Monday I think.

There was also a heap done right back to Sunbury but I am so familiar with that work - it was far easier to follow proceedings in the single line sections - all of the sleepers laying around were only going into one line!
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Hi, the resleepering was pretty big. when they singled the BGO line they didn't upgrade the track between Taradale and Ravenswood despite the singling. i was told by a V/Line conductor that they completely resleepered that section apparently for 160kph running. correct me if im wrong.

cheers
Lachlan's Train Channel
With all due respect to conductors they're not the most reliable of people to get operational information from.

There is very little benefit of making Elphinstone to the UP end of Ravenswood loop 160km/h. Elphinstone to Castlemaine has a few curves that wouldn't be capable of 160km/h plus in the DOWN direction any train going into platform two has to slow to 100km/h through the timing section anyway which is roughly halfway down the hill around Chewton. In the UP direction you're pretty much in notch 5 and 6 (a vlocity only has 6 notches) trying to get to and maintain 130km/h as it is.

Between Castlemaine and where the 160km/h starts near the UP end of Ravenswood loop there are 12 curves with 130km/h curve boards*. Some may be able to be improved but not all so any increase in line speed won't make much of a difference in running times.

*No idea why but there are a few locations around the network in both metro and regional where there are curve boards that are the same as the maximum line speed for the section.

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