These post are by the courtesy of Vicsig.
.......find out why the project did not go ahead. Could it be because only 6 passenger trains a day used the line at that time?
Most likely, there appears to have been very little maintenence done on the old BG for the past X number or years. The track was in an appalling state. When they were pulling the spikes to remove the old sleepers in the times that I observed them I would say 25 percent of the spikes just lifted out. They had two workers going ahead of the hydralic spike pullers just lifting out what spikes they could and they were busy.
What is it like now through Albury north bound with clear signals for non stopping fast freighters ?
On the southern end of the bridge is a pair of speed limit signs for the East line possible for the curve just north of the bridge. The top one with a deep yellow background says 70, the bottom one with a white background says 80. Currently the trains I have seen on the bridge do take it fairly easily but not to slow.
This looks to be the layout for the emegency stabling SG loop at Seymour near the turntable. Did not see a SG connection to the turntable but I was standing the west side of the line opposite the crossover for the BG track to the workshops. All points on the loop siding including the ones to the main line are manual operated (at this stage anyway).
There was a couple of O'Donnel and Griffen staff testing the current drain of the signal lamps to see if they met the specs of the current monitoring circuitry in the signal controlers. This was at the the signals 2.5 k's north of the start of the double track.
The equipment cabinet has been installed at Monea for the new signals (kilometer mark 127.400, aprox 10 kilolmeters north of Avenel). There are currently a pair of signals on the East line. The new signals positions are West line for north bound trains aprox 30 meters south of the level crossing, East line adjacent to the current signal for south bound trains. This is around 30 meters north of the level crossing. The equipment cabinet is on the west side of the line adjacent to the new signal for the East line.
The hot mix surface was done today on platform 2 (The old BG platform) at Violet Town. Platform 1 is still has safety fences around it. They may have mucked up the path fences as they have left no direct access from the car park to platform 1. So the only way to get onto platform 1 is go back around via platform 2. Not good.
Mount Sirfeel wrote:I always had this Idea that the carpark will be closed off as a public carpark (as per Seymour's centre car park)
No indication that they are going to do that as a matter of fact they appear to have gone to some lenghts in keeping it open. My impression from keeping an eye on the project is that they wanted to put the new platforms in with as little external change as possible probable to keep the cost and complaints down. In the case of Violet Town the new platform starts imediately south of the car parks level crossing signals.
Violet Town has had all the construction fences removed. So it would seem this station is now finished. The stations completed now appear to be Albury, Chiltern, Violet Town and Euroa. The points for the crossovers on both the Up and Down sides of Wangarrata still have not had the point motors finished. Both the crossovers at Benalla have been finished and wired up for some time now. The points are clipped with only a single clip (on the up one anyway)..
The platforms remaining to be done are,
Seymour 1, surfacing and around 10 meters of timber platform edgeing adjacent to the ticket office.
Avenel East line, surfacing , I think that is all.
Springhurst East line, looks to be complete but still has construction fences inplace may be waiting electrical work.
Violet Town has had a fence put across the West lines platform at the up end. This fence is at the up end of the work of raising the platform. This would effectively make this platform 180 metres long I would presume. That would mean both platforms will be the same length.
Platform 1 was having the hotmix surface done today, it was around half finished at around 1200 hours.
New timbers for the up end section had been delivered these will be installed and the gap left filled with hotmix I assume.
Platform 2 was having new timbers put on the last 20 metres or so of the down edge of the platform.
I do not know how much of this end is usable as the line curves away to the west just before the end of the platform.
Avenel. East line platfrom,
They were still working here, must be getting close to finished surely.