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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1
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.