I do not think the cost of removing the stabling fences, rerouting the through lines to be on only one side of the reservation would be worth the money to be gained selling off the land - the stabling at Watergardens is only 2 tracks wide but several train sets long. The existing commercial development at that end of the Watergardens shopping complex is the larger, almost light industrial stores - they don't need little cafes or retail outlets there, potential buyers or renters would want complexes in the hundreds of square metres.I agree and would have thought that Calder Park having a substantial amount of stabling roads would allow for the closure of Watergardens stabling yard, with the land possibly to be sold for more suitable purposes such as residental/commercial development, given the location next to Watergardens Shopping Centre. Maybe this is somewhere in the development plans or long term planning.It's all a little strange, with Calder Park to have 20 roads, I'm not sure what benefit RPV sees in keeping Watergardens and Sunbury as these are constrained and will be expensive to modify when 10 cars are introduced. Calder Park is wide open space, with full length roads being constructed now.I thought the same thing for the sidings at Watergardens but those remain...The alternative of course is to close or relocate the sidings.Isn't that the reason why a large stabling facility was built at Calder Park ?
It will not be too hard to run a handful of empty services to Sunbury to start the day. Sunbury only has five roads, with some PM peak services running empty to Watergardens too stable at CP now.
Trains resume between Sunshine and the City on Tuesday, will provide an update of what RPV has been up to. Sunshine - Sunbury have another week of the replacement busses. Oh yay.
I could one day see the stabling roads become bypass tracks to the larger stabling complex, but in the short term it will probably be used as more of a hot standby track, like the one at West Footscray. One road where a prepped train can wait and be brought into service at a moments notice, the other for terminating trains to do a turnaround where they don't need to wait in the platform.