Construction Progress Southern Sydney Freight Line 2009-13

 
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
http://www.ssfl.artc.com.au/_docs/pn/2009-02-07_More%20Details%20Casula%20Area.pdf

Did all this work get done at the weekend ?

It didn't look like the HV lines were relocated and new poles are still lying around.  Confused

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  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
It's official...

"Today I advised Parliament that construction work has commenced on the 36 km Southern Sydney Freight Line, a project that will help clear the single largest bottleneck on the interstate rail network.

The $309 million project will create 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs.

The project is being built and funded by the Commonwealth Government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation.  It is scheduled to be completed by early 2010.

Currently, freight trains face frustrating delays on the Sydney network because of the priority given to passenger trains and because of limited track capacity.

A dedicated freight line from Macarthur to Chullora will unclog this bottleneck by providing access to up to five freight trains per hour in the peak direction and 24-hour access to Port Botany through southern Sydney.

The construction project will also include:

Improved passenger access at Leumeah, Minto, Cabramatta, Sefton, Warwick Farm and Casula train stations through facilities such as lifts, pedestrian overbridges and wheelchair ramps;
$8.7 million towards additional car parking, improved lighting, and community amenity works along the train corridor; and
$13.5 million for the construction of noise walls along the corridor."

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2009/February/AA014_2009.htm
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
"Liverpool Noise Issues

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 19 February 2009 at Sonnybrook Hotel and Convention Centre, 355 Hume Highway, Warwick Farm in the Kingfisher Room at 7.00pm."

PDF with details here...

http://www.ssfl.artc.com.au/_docs/pn/2009-02-19_Noise%20Meeting.pdf
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Further updates on

http://www.ssfl.artc.com.au/

including:

Arenco Progress Report 2
Station works upgrade signs
Construction Community Involvement Plan
Environmental Protection Licence - January 09 Report
Environmental Protection Licence - December 08 Report
Fairfield 04 Feb 2009 Minutes
Fairfield 04 Mar 2009 Agenda
Casula & Liverpool Public Meeting on noise presentations
Bankstown 11 Feb 2009 Minutes

Arenco seems to be rolling along nicely. Not much from Reed away from Liverpool (who will win the race?). Some potholing has now been done Minto-Ingleburn and it appears services are being marked.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Sefton to Cabramatta has only just been resignalled in the last year or two. It will be interesting to see how much brand new infrastructure such as cables and huts are in the way of the SSFL.

For example, at Sefton South there are two? walk in huts that might be on top of the alignment of the SSFL which would be in tunnel at this point.

It is noted that the SSFL was originally a Paul Keating (not PH mind you) One Nation project in around 1993-1996.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Sefton to Cabramatta has only just been resignalled in the last year or two. It will be interesting to see how much brand new infrastructure such as cables and huts are in the way of the SSFL.

For example, at Sefton South there are two? walk in huts that might be on top of the alignment of the SSFL which would be in tunnel at this point.

It is noted that the SSFL was originally a Paul Keating (not PH mind you) One Nation project in around 1993-1996.
"awsgc24"


Seems almost everything is in the wrong place and will need to be relocated. I was under the impression that 33kv lines were to be moved during the last few possessions but that doesn’t seem to have happened.

It must be a challenge project managing this Rolling Eyes
  doridori Chief Commissioner

An unforeseen problem with building a bridge parallel with the rail line for SSFL is that it is a flood zone, with waters recorded as high as ~12m above Liverpool Weir.

Actually, it makes me wonder how much consultation was done with relevant statutory emergency services, regarding their flood plans was done ! (as I'm unable to find any mention of it anywhere along the process, yet could be blind)
  5814 Chief Train Controller

What????

It's the same height as the existing line that has not once as far as I know been closed there in the last 145 years or so by scary floods.  

Surely this is even less a real issue than the tragic plight of the local residents who have discovered to their shock that there is a railway line and that trains run on it? Others with more knowledge please enlighten me?
  doridori Chief Commissioner

What????

It's the same height as the existing line that has not once as far as I know been closed there in the last 145 years or so by scary floods.  

Surely this is even less a real issue than the tragic plight of the local residents who have discovered to their shock that there is a railway line and that trains run on it? Others with more knowledge please enlighten me?
"5814"

http://www.bewsher.com.au/georges/cnf33-1.htm

Interesting reading...

From my understanding, the line was to be cut into the side of the embankment, or at least there was discussions of it.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
...From my understanding, the line was to be cut into the side of the embankment, or at least there was discussions of it.
"doridori"


For a diagram of the construction technique go to Pg 4.11 (Figure 2)

http://www.ssfl.artc.com.au/_docs/docs/approved/Chapter%204%20-%20Part%20B.pdf

IdeaIdea  if you are interested in the construction proposals and plans troll thru

http://www.ssfl.artc.com.au/documents/
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Two places suggest provision for double stacking in the long term?

* The SSFL is very deep at the Auburn Road Overbridge.

* The SSFL is 2-3m lower than RailCorp at the Georges River "viaduct" north of Liverpool station, with presumably a similar low level under Newbridge Road overbridge.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Public Notification posted on SSFL site for works between Liverpool and Glenfield during weekend 21-22 March - conincides with CityRail no-trains on South Line.

Not much in the way of noticeable progress along this section – yet. More pink paint on the ground between Macarthur and Ingleburn.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The SSFL appears to have rented a triangular piece of land at Sefton South Junction (where Chullora Line branches from Birrong Line) from Birrong Girl's(?) High School.

There are new roadways, fencing, portable buildings and other clutter.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
A bit of activity where I imagine pylons for the double line overpass is to go in north of Glenfield .

I'm surprised that ARTC haven't leaned on the Macarthur to Ingleburn end as it could be of use ATM to bypass Swetto .
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Friday's Stateline program on the ABC-TV had a small item complaining about noise and 24/7 on the ARTC.

Well if there are more trains there will probably be more noise, less any  reduction due to noise walls.

As for 24/7, the aim is to eliminate the curfew and run more trains during passenger peak hours, say 6AM-10AM and 4PM-8PM. Rail operators probably do not want to operate trains between Midnight and Dawn (when people are asleep) unless they are forced to due to the curfew. The SSFL is thus a 18/7 railway.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
No updates ?
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
Slipped on the gunzel suit and went for a bit of a wander around the northern end today. Heres some crappy pics (progress from east to west):

East of the Sefton Triangle from the Auburn road over-bridge. You can see the beginnings of earthworks for the dive (?) next to the existing freight line and (two lines in front of the earthworks) and under the Bankstown line (out of sight below). (edit: the dive only goes under the bankstown line)
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3550/3414106992_59409dd067_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Same location but a close up of the civils that will presumably become the tall retaining wall (by removing the dirt to the left) necessary to get the depth for the dive:
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3321/3413300365_72fc8558d0_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Beginnings of earthworks for the bridge over Hector St Sefton (looking west). Looks a bit bodgy (but not a civil engineer):
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3380/3413300727_6eeb6e40de_b.jpg[/bigimg]

At Chester Hill Station looking East. Will be interesting to see the surgery to the bridge in the background (Chester Hill road). They have started work on the bridge on the other side. I didn't take a photo of those works yet since there were little old ladies eyeing me suspiciously (and the road crew) - ready to call the terrorist hotline I suppose.
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3414106204_c435317eb5_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Bridge works just west of Carramar Station (edit Prospect Creek):
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3545/3413301551_ce90f25c29_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Went as far as Warwick farm but nothing obvious happening there.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Thanks for the pics arctic .

Is there much to see at Liverpool and through to Casula ?

I do remember seeing what looked like the beginnings of possibly foundations for the flyover north of Glenfield on the down side .
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney




East of the Sefton Triangle from the Auburn road over-bridge. You can see the beginnings of earthworks for the dive (?) under the existing freight line and (two lines in front of the earthworks) and Bankstown line (out of sight below).
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3550/3414106992_59409dd067_b.jpg[/bigimg]

"arctic"


It is hard to see, but there is a short section of the Goods lines where the Overhead Wiring is missing, resulting from a derailment that occurred two or three years ago. The SSFL will have no OHW.

If the SSFL dive surfaces on the South side, then an extra trailing/left hand crossover is needed to get to the Up(?) Goods line going to Enfield.

If the SSFL dive crosses to the Up Goods side, then the existing facing/righthand crossover at Chullora West can be used to access both the Down(?) Goods and Chullora Down Yard.

Care needs to be taken to ensure that long 1500m/1800m trains can fit between the various junctions. That apparently is the reason for a catchpoint on the Down Goods at Sefton South Junction.

The Australian Temporary Fencing Pty Ltd (ATF) fencing cunning obscures that catchpoint!
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
BDA yeah mate there is plenty to see now between Warrick farm and Glenfield.
I have notice peirs being drilled and filled in with concrete  BOTH side of the line at Glenfield (behind the tip) Casula station on the River side and CITY end of Liverpool yard to the hospital level crossing plus land clearing behind the stables at Warrick Farm Station.
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
I edited my photo post to correct a couple of errors.

According to the EIS the dive at Sefton seems to start on the south side of the existing freight lines and only goes under the Bankstown line. Dunno what the earthworks are on the northern side.

The bridge at Carramar goes over Prospect Creek (not Georges River)
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
I travel this section Mon/Fri now and will drop in anything new i see in here as i remember to post them. EmbarassedRolling Eyes  8)
  Oldfart Chief Commissioner

Location: Right base for BK 11R
Yesterday morning there were a few blokes doing preliminary work around where the new pedestrian overbridge and lifts will go in at Warwick Farm. Noticed similar activity at Sefton station on the way home, only with a larger crew.
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
Yesterday morning there were a few blokes doing preliminary work around where the new pedestrian overbridge and lifts will go in at Warwick Farm. Noticed similar activity at Sefton station on the way home, only with a larger crew.
"Oldfart"


They also sunk some piers City end of Sefton station but had not been poured full of concrete yet.
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
Heres the beginnings of the flyover foundations that 42101 mentioned (sorry about the giant twig in the middle of the shot Smile, didn't notice it during the contortions to hold the camera close to the fence).

[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3577/3433373692_8290fce172_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Earthworks at Casula station looking south (taken from the footbridge). The earthworks are on the eastern side (camera left) Looks like the SSFL will take a chunk out of the powerhouse museum (or whatever it is) roadways and be strighter than the current mainline.
[bigimg]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3612/3433379408_cb81d91ebe_b.jpg[/bigimg]

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