North East Line to Standard Gauge

 
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga


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"wurx"

This station building looks like It has been sruck by a cyclone


So what are the numbers of the N Class going on the gauge
"Flatop"


N453 City of Albury
N469 City of Morwell
N470 City of Wangaratta
"Nightfire"


and the SG sets to go with the Ns are
SN1 ACN3-BRN53-BDN50-BN2-BN19 with PCJ492
SN15 ACN45-BRN43-BDN21-BN10-BN5 with PCJ493
SN16 ACN48-BRN46-BDN6-BN7-BN22 with PCJ491
"EL60"


Sorry I was never into car coding
Apart from the power vans, which cars are no longer standard "N"cars?

I am not familiar with the BDN class.
Do the air con units look different?

I am thinking from a model railway perspective! With Auscision soon to release their N cars in HO, will modern era modellers have to modify their new cars a lot to have them look right. I am guessing removing power generator sets from underneath will be the least of the problems.
Cheers
Rod

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  vlinecars V/Man - "Yeah!"

Location: Here, there, everywhere!

Sorry I was never into car coding
Apart from the power vans, which cars are no longer standard "N"cars?

I am not familiar with the BDN class.
Do the air con units look different?

I am thinking from a model railway perspective! With Auscision soon to release their N cars in HO, will modern era modellers have to modify their new cars a lot to have them look right. I am guessing removing power generator sets from underneath will be the least of the problems.
Cheers
Rod
"comtrain"


Rod / All,
All are standard 'N' cars built from 1981 onwards. However, BDN cars are rebuilds (as such, a new code). Two are ex ACN's (BDN6 and BDN21) with one ex BRN (BDN50). These have wider east end doors for wheelchair access, and a wheelchair accesible toilet (basically a N type car version of the BZN cars which are on the other N sets for disabled access)

The ACN/BRN/BN keep their original 'N' type car layout and seating, however, the BRN buffet module has been slightly altered.

No evident external appearances of the air con units that I've noted. Biggest evident change is the water tanks located underneath where the power generator sets were located - see http://railgallery.wongm.com/vline-bits/E102_7196.jpg.html
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!
N469 City of Morwell

You'd think there'd be more sense into putting N471 City of Benalla onto SG than N469 as Morwell is on the Bairnsdale line and not the NE line. Bang Head Oh well...I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles! Rolling Eyes
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
N469 City of Morwell

You'd think there'd be more sense into putting N471 City of Benalla onto SG than N469 as Morwell is on the Bairnsdale line and not the NE line. Bang Head Oh well...I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles! Rolling Eyes
"Serviceton_Kev"


V/Line deemed N469 more suitable for NE Standard gauge operations then N452 Rural City of Wodonga & N 471 City of Benalla
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!
N469 City of Morwell

You'd think there'd be more sense into putting N471 City of Benalla onto SG than N469 as Morwell is on the Bairnsdale line and not the NE line. Bang Head Oh well...I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles! Rolling Eyes
"Serviceton_Kev"


V/Line deemed N469 more suitable for NE Standard gauge operations then N452 Rural City of Wodonga & N 471 City of Benalla
"Nightfire"

That's fair enough then
  Operater Junior Train Controller

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi,                                      May 15th, 10, 18:50 Hrs. M.D.T.


              If I remember it Right, there were to B either 3 or 4 Train
        Sets to B used between Melbourne and Albury. I believe they
        were to B painted a Red Colour of sorts. Anyone Know for sure.
  alstom_888m Chief Commissioner

Location:
all carriages/vans for future standard gauge conversion are presently in operation on the broad gauge network (exclusively on Warrnambool/Geelong, Swan Hill and Seymour/Shepparton services).
"vlinecars"


If anyone wishes to see the new sets in person SN15 seems to be rostered for the 15:00 Marshall and the 18:28 Warrnambool. It has been used on this service for many months now.

@Operator, there will be three standard gauge sets for use on the standard gauge line between Melbourne and Albury. Two of these sets are already in use on broad gauge services in the standard grey V/Line livery. They would not have repainted them into the new livery if they had intended to change it again.
  NIGELINOZ Assistant Commissioner

Location: Tallangatta,Vic,
Does anyone have a rough idea when passenger services will be returning to Wodonga? I for one would love to be on the first up service to Southern Cross,maybe a few of us Railpage members from the North East could all get together to be on it?.
  Bigwato Chief Commissioner

Location: Craigieburn Victoria
Does anyone have a rough idea when passenger services will be returning to Wodonga? I for one would love to be on the first up service to Southern Cross,maybe a few of us Railpage Australia™ members from the North East could all get together to be on it?.
"NIGELINOZ"


I reckon I would be up for that.  Wink
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!
Does anyone have a rough idea when passenger services will be returning to Wodonga? I for one would love to be on the first up service to Southern Cross,maybe a few of us Railpage Australia™™ members from the North East could all get together to be on it?.
"NIGELINOZ"


I reckon I would be up for that.  Wink
"Bigwato"

Would be nice to have a decent frickin train service again up this way instead of catching fricking "V/bus" or the overpriced "slug"! Evil or Very Mad
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

The criteria used to select the three (3) N class locos to ultimately go over onto sg would have been to select those named after cities on the Nth east line. But then VLP needs to ideally select from those eligible for 130 kmh runnin g now, which are those locos which have had their original traction motors replaced .  So that has shaken out  Albury & Wangaratta, to which has been added one outside the corridor . No doubt in due course if and when Benalla or Wodonga get new traction motors then one of those two locos would replace the imposter name on the sg .

Expect services to resume sometime between July & late September.  State election in November so nearer to that date better for photo opportunities, bragging events, pollywaffle - fresh in the voters minds .  Suits better now to open by-pass, new Wodonga station and resumption VLP passenger services all at the same time - more bang for buck.  Certainly won't be later than September as Government would dare not go to an Election without Nth East trains being back after absence of nearly 2 years .
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Some shots of one of the new signal installations. This is the one at 146.4Km all the others are basicly identical except they have an existing installation.

O'Donnel and Griffen were working today that makes two weekends in a row they have worked, For SIA this is unusual. Looks much like they want to get this going in the not to distant future. There appears to be 3 signal teams working on this section of the signalling.

West line looking towards Euroa
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East line
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Equipment cabinet and power supply cabinet, all the conduits and cabling is in place but not connected
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  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
N469 City of Morwell

You'd think there'd be more sense into putting N471 City of Benalla onto SG than N469 as Morwell is on the Bairnsdale line and not the NE line. Bang Head Oh well...I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles! Rolling Eyes
"Serviceton_Kev"


V/Line deemed N469 more suitable for NE Standard gauge operations then N452 Rural City of Wodonga & N 471 City of Benalla
"Nightfire"


And N452 has had a couple of very large dings in its life as well.
The Wodonga smash took it out for two months, and I think it was involved recently on the Warnambool roll over
Cheers Rod
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Some shots of one of the new signal installations. This is the one at 146.4Km all the others are basicly identical except they have an existing installation.

O'Donnel and Griffen were working today that makes two weekends in a row they have worked, For SIA this is unusual. Looks much like they want to get this going in the not to distant future. There appears to be 3 signal teams working on this section of the signalling.
"woodford"


Only three signal fitters still working on the North East project according to the one who just departed my place 5 minutes ago. Think he might be a little out of sorts when he starts work in a few hours time too Wink oh, tired only We sipped tea Smile

Seems that everything is up and tested ok. Software problems are being overcome. One worry at the moment is some signal circuits being added now are not using the safe Victorian practice of track circuits via relays to software, but using NSW type connections, that is track circuit connected directly to software.
Apparently it still fails safe, but leaving out the relays really only saves money for the installation contractors. It will possibly cost ARTC big time because faults will be much harder to locate / isolate, or so I am told.
Seymour to Benalla will be switched in soon as the platforms are all completed and all other construction crews are finished.
Or so I was told tonight.
Cheers
Rod
  trainfreak Site Admin

Would be nice to have a decent frickin train service again up this way instead of catching fricking "V/bus" or the overpriced "slug"! Evil or Very Mad
"Serviceton_Kev"


Kev,

What isn't decent about the XPT? I never really understood why it was called the slug either.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Would be nice to have a decent frickin train service again up this way instead of catching fricking "V/bus" or the overpriced "slug"! Evil or Very Mad
"Serviceton_Kev"


Kev,

What isn't decent about the XPT? I never really understood why it was called the slug either.
"trainfreak"


As far as I am concerned there are two problems.First is that the train is percieved as being not on time for a fair percentage of the time. The second (for me anyway) is the train is way to regimented in its operation by the on board personell.

The first appears to be improving but you only have to wait for a long time once then it gets really "old", and this still does happen. While the previous VLine service to Albury tended to be chronically late in the last months it never came close to the hours late the "slug" got a reputation for. On the second point I hate being pushed around, VLine staff I find are much more casual and friendly this makes for a MUCH better travel expirence.

Woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Some shots of one of the new signal installations. This is the one at 146.4Km all the others are basicly identical except they have an existing installation.

O'Donnel and Griffen were working today that makes two weekends in a row they have worked, For SIA this is unusual. Looks much like they want to get this going in the not to distant future. There appears to be 3 signal teams working on this section of the signalling.
"woodford"


Only three signal fitters still working on the North East project according to the one who just departed my place 5 minutes ago. Think he might be a little out of sorts when he starts work in a few hours time too Wink oh, tired only We sipped tea Smile

Seems that everything is up and tested ok. Software problems are being overcome. One worry at the moment is some signal circuits being added now are not using the safe Victorian practice of track circuits via relays to software, but using NSW type connections, that is track circuit connected directly to software.
Apparently it still fails safe, but leaving out the relays really only saves money for the installation contractors. It will possibly cost ARTC big time because faults will be much harder to locate / isolate, or so I am told.
Seymour to Benalla will be switched in soon as the platforms are all completed and all other construction crews are finished.
Or so I was told tonight.
Cheers
Rod
"comtrain"


Most of the O'Donnel and Griiffen personel appear to be "hands and feet". There never seemed to me to be that many qualified people there. I would be surprised if a much greater number than 3 fully qualified were on the project.

In the equipment cabinet for the second set of signals north of the Seymour North crossover there is only a single relay. Since this does both the East and the West lines I assume this is in the above category.
One of the major advantages of using a relay to isolate the track circuits would probably be isolating the electronics from external surges. These are virtually impossible to keep out particularly if the external circuitry is earthed. From my experience of working 30 years as a tech it is relatively easy to protect a relay from such surges. I have more than once had a whole cabinet of industrial electronics blown to hell by a lightning strike.

All platforms now except for Wodonga and Seymour have had the construction fences removed (as on sat the 15th). The work at Seymour would only take a day to finish. God knows when Wodonga will be finished. On saturday there was some quantity of internal timber framing erected so they are progressing.

Anyway say hi to the fitter for me they are doing a good job under trying conditions,

Woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Does anyone have a rough idea when passenger services will be returning to Wodonga? I for one would love to be on the first up service to Southern Cross,maybe a few of us Railpage Australia™™ members from the North East could all get together to be on it?.
"NIGELINOZ"


I reckon I would be up for that.  Wink
"Bigwato"


A VLine insider has offered a date early in August for services with train order working which to me seems both possible and reasonable. They will need to get timetabled (ie not specials or test trains) on the Oaklands line not long after that otherwise AWB and possibly Graincorp will be screaming blue murder.

It would be nice to have some sort of celebration although it does not bother me if I don't travel on the first train. When the service closed down I went up to Albury traveled on a train down to Melboune a few days before daylight saving started as this was the last you could travel on the BG and see the scenery. Between when daylight saving started and the service was suspended the train both left and arrived in Albury after dark and the midday train was buses north of Wang.
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!
Would be nice to have a decent frickin train service again up this way instead of catching fricking "V/bus" or the overpriced "slug"! Evil or Very Mad
"Serviceton_Kev"


Kev,

What isn't decent about the XPT? I never really understood why it was called the slug either.
"trainfreak"


As far as I am concerned there are two problems.First is that the train is percieved as being not on time for a fair percentage of the time. The second (for me anyway) is the train is way to regimented in its operation by the on board personell.

The first appears to be improving but you only have to wait for a long time once then it gets really "old", and this still does happen. While the previous VLine service to Albury tended to be chronically late in the last months it never came close to the hours late the "slug" got a reputation for. On the second point I hate being pushed around, VLine staff I find are much more casual and friendly this makes for a MUCH better travel expirence.

Woodford
"woodford"


As well as this, there was only one carriage dedicated to people who would've travelled on a normal V/Line service between Albury and Melbourne on the up and only a few seats allocated to those same people on the down. Especially the people from Benalla and Wangaratta.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Would be nice to have a decent frickin train service again up this way instead of catching fricking "V/bus" or the overpriced "slug"! Evil or Very Mad
"Serviceton_Kev"


Kev,

What isn't decent about the XPT? I never really understood why it was called the slug either.
"trainfreak"


Nothing much wrong with the XPT, if it ran on good track. But as far as this conversation goes...
How do you fit 250 people from Albury and Wodonga into a train that only has 5 seat allocations for the area?  Confused
Cheers
Rod  Wink

oh and it simply looked strange to a driver in the 70's  after working with steam and Diesel, thus the slug
It was always a second rate version of the British train, that I believe ran at 125MPH
  woodford Chief Commissioner

This hopefully is the first of six posts with the info from the time Railpage was down. I found it nearly impossible to summarise although these have been edited a bit. There is no info from late january till feb 1st.

feb 01
Avenel, Euroa,Springhurst and Chiltern need the shelters finished, Euroa has no shelters at this time,
Violet Town Springhurst and Chiltern need the remaining light stands fitted.
All need the lights wired up and platform signs fitted, main stations signs have been done.
As at friday the retaining wall for the newline of platform 1 at Seymour had been completed and filling and compacting had begun of the platform.
At Wodonga last week work was in progress on the car park. The station building area had been fenced off and there was some supplies there but no work was in progress.
On the rail bypass earth works were still going on removing the Moloney drv bypass. Work was still being done on the bridge just east of the new station and also the Lincoln causeway bridge.
Signinicant quantities of rail and sleepers have been delivered to both ends of the bypass.
After everything is completed there is still driver route training to be done.

feb 06
Moloney drv was closed for around 4 weeks or so, the closing was delayed for a few weeks because of local concerns. I must say I cannot see why SIA decided to do it the way they did.
Note: Access to the industrial area served by Moloney drv was provided by a new road connected onto the western end of Edwards rd so the area was not isolated.
The whole was a storm in a teacup really, mind you I do not live in Wodionga.

A possible point of significance.
The last couple of days has seen two items appear at Benalla.
First is two signs at the start of the Oaklands line placed around 20 metres the down side of the Nunn st level crossing. The sign facing Oaklands bound trains says "End of train order working West Line", the sign facing Melbourne bound trains of course says "Start of train order working West Line".
The second is a portable workers cabin and a toilet has been placed not quite opposite the old A signal box. This has a fridge and microwave in it.

As yet there has apparently been no grain traffic on the Oaklands line, there is no signs of any rail wear at all.


feb 13
The track to extend the Donnybrook loop into passing lane number 2 is currently being laid starting from the down (northen) end. This includes the points which are currently being constructed. The two new bridges have just had the lead up to the abbutments poured and there is still some minor drainage work going on at the southern end.
The northen end points are around 500 metres south of Beveridge station lane on I believe a 1 in 50 grade.

The platform edge for the number 1 platfrom (SG) Seymour is now being done starting from the loco depot end, around 20 metres had been done yesterday. Also the track base was being excavtated out as well in preparating to lay the new platfrom road.
A buffer stop has been errected on the end of BG number 2 road.
A minor point on Seymour is that platform 3 is now in regular use.


The West lines platform edge at Violet Town is being raised around 200mm's the same as was done at Avenel. I believe Benalla was supposed to be done but it appears at this stage it will not be done. This appears to mean that Benalla platform 2 will be the only platform north of Seymour that will not be level with the carriage floor, unless VLIne plans to do it them selves.

feb 16
Info on the Wodonga bypass,
Lincoln Causeway bridge now mostly finished only now needs the ballast retaining walls fitted to the sides this appears to be around 1/3rd complete.
Signals have already been erected along the bypass, note the past tense.
At least two large piles of ballast have been placed beside the embankment along the route.
Some track has been laid at least at the Wangarata end of the bypass
Work stablising the embankment of the freeway overpass where the new line comes right up against the road is said to be finished around mid to late march.
Curbing for the New station car park looks to be nearly finished.




feb 23

The only signalling so far installed north of Seymour is such guarding the switching at Seymour north and at Wodonga and Albury. From the look of it these have been set up for bidrirectional running on both the East and the West lines. with the distant signals (Note 1Smile 2500 metres out.(Note 2) No signalling has been done along the line, a number of bases (2) have been installed south of Benalla on the West line as far as I can work out these were put in so the fliters for the harmon crossing controlers could be installed so the level crossing warning devices would work correctly.


A conversation with some of the SIA managment in December said SIA/ARTC had agreed to the Vic demands on the signalling. I have personally not confirmed this via anther source.

I did see them testing the new signals south of Mangalore and the do work.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

summary number 2,
feb 24

Some good news in amongst all the political rubbish.......

Passing lane number 4,
A group of around 10 to 12 people were inspecting the point operating mechanism of the up (southern) end, on the way back 4 workers were doing clean up work around the points.
A couple of senior O'Donnel and Griffen staff were working on the electrical equipment cabinet for the down (northen) end points of the passing lane.
Around 1 kilometer south of Tallarook is a large equipment cabinet right in the centre of the right of way for the loop line of the passing lane. Up to recently the track either side of the cabinet had been assembled and just left on the ground, a panel of track to fill in the gap had been built. Today the track either side was being lifted and lined, this had been done on both the northern and southern side of the cabinet. The fill in panel had been cut in half and placed back on top of the track on the southern side.


Passing lane number 2,
All the track for the extension of the Donnybrook loop into passing lane number 2 has been assembled as of this evening 24 th feb. This except for a short section where the existing signal protecting the down end points for up trains. A couple of excavators were putting in the ballast. 4 panels have been built to cut out the down (northern) points of the Donnybrook loop. The Down (northern) end points for the passing lane have been cut into the main line.
It appears no signal or cabinet bases have been installed as yet but I believe the conduit and pit work have been done for the cabling.




feb 26

The railway bridge over the murray river at Albury Is not a sysmetrical bridge that is the southern pier appears never have been on the bank as high and dry as the northen pier. The cast iron cylinders making up the piers appear to be 8ft in diameter the morthern end only around 5 ft of the cylinders are above ground level and there is only a single horizontal cross brace. The central and southern piers are both identical both appear to be around 25 ft or so above the water both have diagonal bracing as well as the single top brace. The erosion of the southern pier could only have been to expose only the lower 6ft or so of the cylinders. I would be very surprised if they did not go a great deal further than that into the river bed.

Seven bridges have been built in the new bypass and a great deal of work has been done on the 35 or so bridges on the BG north of Seymour, around 2/3rds of them getting new decks one just north of Longwood being completely replaced except for the lower part of the piers. In the 15 months or so I have been observing this project it is quite out of character for SIA not to put a great deal of effort in to some thing that needs it, in the case of this bridge I can only assume that it is either OK or a replacement is already in the system.

feb 28

Wodonga bypass,
Work stablising the freeway embankment continuing, currently doing the safety wall along the side of the road. This appears to be anchored to the top of the piles forming the retaining walls, due to be finished on the 18th.

Bridges,
Causeway bridge appears to be nearly finished. All the ballast retaining walls appear to be done, still a great amount of scafolding around to be removed though.
Work on the bridge imediately Albury side of new Wodonga station appears to be nearly finished. This was having the ballast retaining walls fitted and the deck poured on it. Also the embankment on the new station side had not been completed, there were plenty of workers and machines around the site but most work look to have been done.
These are the last bridge works to be completed.

The track,
The base layer ballast is being done from just past the first bridge right up to the murray river excepting for the causeway bridge. a signifcant portion has been done but still appears to be at least 1 kilometer to go.
As previously noted the signals have already been installed.

Wodonga station,
All curbing appears to be finished in the car park and entrance road. A layer of priming tar has been sprayed over the area of the parking bays near the station itself ready for the hotmix.
I quantity of what looks to be steel framing materail has been delivered into the compound of the station building itself. I assume work will start on this when the car park is finished.

East line platforms,
The only work I can see to be done on these to finish them is one light stand to be erected at Springhurst, all the new lighting to be connected to the power and the signs on the platforms themselves to be installed. All other signs appear to have already been done.

Albury dock,
Linkage on the loco runaround points at the northern end of the dock to be finished, currently done but for the lever.

Violet Town West line platfrom,
The edge of the old (southern) section of the the platform has been raised around 22 cms. The entire length of the rail side retaing wall on the northern section has been removed and foundations are being excavated for the new raised platform retaining wall and edge.

I absolutely can not wait to travel on this railway........... Very Happy
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Summary number 3

March 3

I had a strong feeling it would be worth a special trip down to Southern cross to see how the project was going,real good idea........

Signs,
A couple of teams have been busy putting up the pltform signs on the intermediate stations. On the way back from Seymour Euroa was being done, I had a look at Violet Town and It was done also. In both cases both East and West line platforms had been done.

Seymour,
The new SG track is being laid in platfrom 1 today, around 200 metres have been done. There was also unknown work going on down near the loco depot.

Passing lane 4,
The signal cabin I mentioned in the post on the 24th of Feb has now been removed and the loop line for the passing lane put through,this means............

Signalling,
All the new signalling south of the Goulburn river down to at least Wandong has now been switched on, that is all signalling related to passing lanes 3 and 4. All SG signal cabinets from the Goulburn to Donnybrook was manned and the signalling was being tested by our old friend T342. All the new signals were still crossed out and I believe some of the old signals had already been removed. The line was still carrying traffic though with apparently no operational signalling, what safe working would they have been using?

Broadford loop,
The down (northen) end points for this loop have been removed, the line is straight railed through to the main line. Did not notice what had happened to the points at the other end.

Any one got any info on or can have a look at passing lane 1, that is way out of my territory.


march 3

BLOCKO wrote:The Safeworking is Absolute Occupation with all trains piloted.

Signals remain crossed with lights on for live testing under special instructions as normally when a signal is crossed the light(s) must be extinguished.

woodford wrote:
thank you, this confirms they were doing live testing should be an interesting next few days then. With the large signal cabinet removed from south of Tallarook the previous system can not possibly be working. Unfortunately the sprinters go through most the area at around 120 to 130 kph does not give a lot of time to have a look and something missing does not of course show up.
It appears to be quite clear a great deal of work has been going on around this area the past few days.

march 4

One of the last pieces of the puzzle...........
The Points to join the East Line and the West Line are located just short of the murray river bridge. The point motor being only around 20 metres or so from the southern end of the bridge. Only the east side of the bridge has been strenghtend, the west side still has the original sleeper beams in place. The bridge is not a ballast top bridge the sleepers are bolted to short beams riveted/bolted between the cross beams.



March 10

First train ran to Oaklands on Sunday came back on monday locals said it was trapped for a while at Oaklands due a track wash away caused by around 100mm's or rain falling.
Followed todays train up to the AWB terminal at Oaklands, got a number of good photos. Train was hauled by G535 and G521 these both have the SCT colour scheme with El Zorro stickers on them, the train was 40 grain hoppers.
Train Arrived at Benalla at close to 0855, mucked me up a bit by stopping at St James to check a leaking brake hose. Points for the crossover south of Benalla now appear to be controled as no staff was manning them. Appeared to be doing 80 kph in Vic but was doing 60 kph in NSW, good as it allowed one to get ahead of it with some ease. It took nearly 1 hour to get the 25 Kilometers from the Riverena Hwy to the AWB terminal I assume this because work was in progress at the wash away.
The train did not go into Oaklands yard the locos running around at the AWB loop which is around 1 kilometer or so south west of the town, loading commenced just after mid day.

It i quite likely that the first train was the same locos and consist as this one.


March 9

The west line is currently unusable by any thing with any kind of axle load as they are working on the northern section of the Violet Town platform and dug the new foundations for over a hundred metres right next to the track.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Summary number 4

March 10

Mount Sirfeel wrote:Any word yet that Benalla's West platform (Main) Is going to be resurfaced ?

Woodford wrote:
Possibly never unless VLine is going to do it, SIA was going to redo the platform 2 at Benalla (East line platform is platform1) but I have been told there is no longer enough time left to do the job.

SIA on a request from VLine has been raising the West Line platforms north of Seymour around 220 mm's, all now have been done or being done except Benalla. Violet Town is the last to be done it is around half finished.


March 15

The small tamper and its ballast plough has been doing spot areas along the West line north of Seymour. One thing it appears to be doing is at least some of the bridges. Possible explanation is the depth of ballast on the bridges has been increased by at least 75 mm making some of them look rather like small humps, it is possible these are being double checked to make sure they pass the standard.
Also may be doing other things as well or course.

Some kind of work is going on down near the old stockyard sidings at Seymour, this is where the new DMU stabling area is to be built. The first part of the track work has already been done for this.

Platform 1 last thursday only had around 15 to 20 metres of the wood platform edge down near the ticket office to be replaced to finish this job. The new line of the platform is around 25 cms outside the line of the old platform and the new edge blends the new line into the old one.


March 16

The southern section of the West line of the Wodonga bypass has been laid and connected to the main line. Sleeper trains are now accessing the section laying out sleepers for the rest of the track. I am going up there this afternoon to have a peak.

This news comes courtesy of todays Border Morning Mail, Its states the track was laid over the weekend and the remainder of the West and the East Lines should be done wihin the next 4 to 6 weeks. Just happened to see the photo in the paper when another person was having a look at it in the news agent as I do not get any papers.

March 16

There is two crossovers one after the other at Wodonga west so that any train on either line can access the other line. Because of this it is very unlikely that there is any temporary track work.

Above is the track layout at Wodonga West. The new track has been added on to the line going to Wodinga Station. The East line or course goes to Albury through the centre of Wodonga. The distance to Albury on the Diagram is via the bypass.

The points to combine the two tracks just south of the Murray river are already in place with the point motor and linkages done.

The sleepers have been layed out to just past the Lincoln Causeway and the track looks to have been constructed to around 100 metres or so the Wodonga Station side of the causeway. So that would be over two thirds of the West line done. There were rollers and graders and such like working on the ballast bed of the East Line so it should not be to far behind.

Also notice plenty of O'Donnel and Griffen and also some Signal Construction Company (I think thats its name) working and travelling around the area. So it looks like they are intent on getting the signalling going as well as most of the signals have already been installed for both lines on the bypass.


March 21

The west line is now through on the Wodonga bypass, A sleeper train (a couple of PN 81's and 10 sleeper wagons) has been all the way up to the tie in bridge (around 500 metres from the mainline). It appears the new track has not been checked beyond there.
A set of points has been temporarily installed at the start of the bypass to allow construction trains to access both lines. All the sleepers except around 500 odd have been laid out on the East line and rail has been clipped on to somewhere around the Wodonga creek bridge ie about half way.
Another set of signals facing north bound trains on both lines have been installed around 5 kilometers south of crossovers at Wodonga West. This means the signals installed protecting the crossovers for north bound now consist of three sets of signals, a pair (one for each line) 250 metres Melbourne side of the crossovers, another pair 2.5 kilometers south and the last pair another 2.5 kilometers south again.



March 24

Seymour
The SG was put through platform 1 within the last few nights. Sleepers where being removed from the old line this afternoon.
Platform 3 is also now in regular use at least the 1110 leaving from it and it appears a fair percentage of the arrivals from Melbourne terminating there.
Down near the loco depot there appears to be some base preparation work going on I think between the East line and the West line. Will have to try and get a better look, may be able to see something from up side of the high st level crossing.

Violet Town
All the steel uprights for the new platform face have been concreted in and the base for the facings has also been poured,was done today.
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Summary number 5

April 18

The main work raising the west lines platform edge at Violet Town should be finished within the next few working days. The down (Albury) 120 metres or so has been replaced completely. The next 60 metres (the ballast block section) has been raised by removing the blocks and placing two more courses of bricks and then putting the blocks back. The up (Melbourne end) 20 metres or so has been left as is with a small connecting ramp to blend it in to the new work. The platfrom edge has been raised aprox 15cms and move towards the centre of the track aprox 4 cms. This I have been told is the last platfrom to be so treated (Note 1Smile as there is not enough time left till when the line come into traffic.

Note 1: Benalla number 2 platform was supposed to be done but it is unlikely this will be done unless VLIne bites the bullet after traffic commences. The source of this info just said there was no more time left to do the job, I assumed it was because of the line comming into traffic.

The work at Violet Town has definitely kept the West line out of traffic as the foundations for the northern section of the platform were at the end of the sleepers and quite deep.

There is still minor work to be done on the East line platforms at Seymour (surfacing and about 15 metres of platfrom edge just north of the booking office), Avenel (unknown work around the new shelter), Springhurst and Chiltern both with a number of light stands to be errected. The platfrom at Euroa has been completed and is no longer a work site.

As of last week no new work had been done at Broadmedows since the concrete work has been completed.

The points for the crossovers both north and south of Wangarrata still need to have the point motors and linkages finished on them.



April 18

One other point although this does not appear that it is connected with the current project (I think), over the last few weeks or so there has been quite a considerable amount of maintence work being done by Downer EDI on the East line at least south of Benalla.




April 20

A bit of minor good news,
They have started installing the intermediate signalling. Two signal bases the ducting, pits, cabling and insulated joints have been installed just north of the site of Monea station (around 8 kilometers north of Avenel). The new cabinet base has yet to be poured but the ducting has been installed. This is for a signal on the West line facing north bound trains and on the East line facing southbound trains.

There are a pair of signals at the site on the East line.
April 21

Albury dock looks now to be complete. The last thing to be done was to fit a point lever and mechanism to the points for the loco run around at the northern end of the platform. Signals have all been done only need to be commisioned.
Work fences have now all been removed so now the entire platform is accessable.

Work has recommenced on the new Wodonga station building. There was a crane and a number workers erecting the building frame.

Some more trackwork has been done just south of the Murray river bridge since my last visit. This site though is not real easy to access so I could not see the details. Will have to travel up to Albury on the XPT and get a good look.
There appeared to be landscaping and fencing work going on on the area around the site of the lincoln causway bridge.

Signalling work Wodonga west??
Now around 200 metres on the Melbourne side of the crossovers there are a pair of signals for north bound trains, 2500 metres towarrds Melbourne is another pair. From around halfway between these to sets of signals a white 50 mm duct us being run. Destination appears to be the signal cabinets for the first signals mentioned. In the previous installs the white 50 mm duct has been used to carry the wiring for the track circuits so one assumes that they are going to install an insulated joint half way between the two sets of signals? Does this interpretation sound reasonable.?
Note: Could not see the actual origin of the duct, traffic around there being murder.


Chiltern and Springhurst,
Both East line platforms look now to be complete. The wiring for the lighting at Chlitern has been installed did not check this at Springhurst though. Be fairly safe to say both these sites are nearly complete.





April 29

The Murray river bridge looks to be in very good condition there was no sign of corrosion or movement in it. The old SG has had the sleeper supports replaced on the main spans with material nearly twice the size. The old sleeper supports being around 10 inch channel the new ones being around 15 inch universal beam. The approach spans also have had the original timber trestles and steel beams replaced with concrete peirs two of the old spans apart and huge built up universal beams to carry the track. It would not be particularly difficult to upgrade the western side to the same standard specialy with no traffic on it.

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