Re Broadmeadows Station- Locating the standard gauge platform to run along the back of platform 2 and turning that platform into an island platform was the preferred option. However, someone in their wisdom years ago decided that it would be a great place to locate what was at that time the world's largest fibre optic cable there instead. Accordingly the current location was selected instead on the basis that a future second track can be fitted through the area and not disrupt the fibre optic cable, which would cost millions to relocate.
Funny thing, I just was speaking with a mate who tells me that Tullamarine gets all its Avgas from a Victorian Railways pipeline that links Newport with Somerton Fuel storages. The Victorian Railways owned pipeline runs Brooklyn Loop to Albion Loop to Somerton.
Those pipes are also buried beside the SG line at Broadmeadow's, we believe.
This pipelline has gentle curves and is designed to run various liquids through it.
They can isolate the pipe and access it at both ends. When they want to change from Avgas to diesel, they insert a moving plug which separates the two fuels.
When the plug gets to Somerton, they are warned, open and close valves and divert the second product to the appropriate tank, for storage.
We believe a second pipeline runs to Tullamarine direct.
This Somerton facility was a pilot plant. Somerton was going to be the Northern metroploitan fuel distribution point, taking all large fuel tankers off the road, and in particular reducing fuel tankers from the CBD.
A large rail siding was going to service Albury, Wangaratta, Benalla, seymour, Shepparton, Tocumwal Bendigo Swan Hill and by road to Mildura and places West.
Of course The transport lobby won the day, and now I believe the facility at Somerton runs about 25% capacity servicing only Tullamarine.
I would love more information about this.
Can someone provide me with links to more information?
The Aviation fuel line is a separate one to the VR fuel line. The Aviation Turbine Fuel line runs from Geelong to Tulla and follows the train line, I don't know exactly to where but. At Altona there is a 2nd pipe line for Avgas fuel line that ends up at Essondon.