Construction Progress Southern Sydney Freight Line 2009-13

 
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
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)
"arctic"


Maybe it is for improved access road for road vehicles?

These have been provided at Lidcombe and Chatswood and include paving, kerbs, and guard rails. So why not on the SSFL?

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  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Any more updates on this project ?
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Any more updates on this project ?
"BDA"


Casuarinas cleared Minto, surveyors out at Macarthur (and a sign has gone up), looks like other crews out locating services Macarthur-Ingleburn.

Public notices in local rags re. station works – also posted on the SSFL site.

Reed has a progress report dated 1/04 on the SSFL site. Time to see the others’ updates go up  Wink
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney


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.
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"arctic"


The lefthand/righthand reverse curve south of Casula would appear to be a pretty good place for the SSFL to flyover the main south ExclamationQuestion
  Oldfart Chief Commissioner

Location: Right base for BK 11R
Auburn Rd bridge at Birrong has been closed to southbound road traffic for a week or two now. One lane is closed off with some construction work in progress. Some covered signs on the southern road approaches might indicate a northbound closure in the near future.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
The lefthand/righthand reverse curve south of Casula would appear to be a pretty good place for the SSFL to flyover the main south ExclamationQuestion
"awsgc24"


You would need to take into account the ramp lengths/footprints (1:100 grade) and the fact that it incorporates the passing loop - I imagine idling trains that close to Casula would have gone down really well with the locals.  Wink
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The lefthand/righthand reverse curve south of Casula would appear to be a pretty good place for the SSFL to flyover the main south ExclamationQuestion
"awsgc24"


You would need to take into account the ramp lengths/footprints (1:100 grade) and the fact that it incorporates the passing loop - I imagine idling trains that close to Casula would have gone down really well with the locals.  Wink
"cootanee"


Good points. Also the SSFL loop and flyover  need to be located to suit the Intermodal Hub at Moorebank. As for the noise problem with the suburb of Casula, that subutn is mostly hidden from the railway by stiff rise in the lie of the land.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Along the line...

Seems nothing happening north/south of Cabramatta. Nothing much at Warrick Farm or Liverpool Station although the piling continues nearer the hospital crossing.

Some earthworks south of Liverpool which seem to stop near the golf course.  I imagine the steep / narrow embankment there will involve a bit of work so it will be interesting seeing that exercise.  

Extensive clearing between Glenfield and Casula but with of the debris yet to be removed – with the lantana, blackberry and such gone you can now see the Georges River!  Shocked

Graders have started some earth moving just south of Ingleburn. More vegetation removal, installation of fencing and sediment barriers Campbelltown-Ingleburn.  Work compound at Minto.

Leumeah – only stumps of the old trees are left.

Given it’s now May progress does seem slow/patchy.  Surprised
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
Along the line...

Seems nothing happening north/south of Cabramatta. Nothing much at Warrick Farm or Liverpool Station although the piling continues nearer the hospital crossing.

Some earthworks south of Liverpool which seem to stop near the golf course.  I imagine the steep / narrow embankment there will involve a bit of work so it will be interesting seeing that exercise.  

Extensive clearing between Glenfield and Casula but with of the debris yet to be removed – with the lantana, blackberry and such gone you can now see the Georges River!  Shocked

Graders have started some earth moving just south of Ingleburn. More vegetation removal, installation of fencing and sediment barriers Campbelltown-Ingleburn.  Work compound at Minto.

Leumeah – only stumps of the old trees are left.

Given it’s now May progress does seem slow/patchy.  Surprised
"cootanee"


Just to add a small bit mate.

At Liverpool They are building a Steel RSJ beams covered in Planks bridge between the Level crossing and where the new peirs are for construction works/access road.
  Oldfart Chief Commissioner

Location: Right base for BK 11R
Lots of construction crews working just east of Sefton Junction, plus work being carried out on Warwick Farm station (new pedestrian overbridge?).
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
As OF mentioned there is lots of activity at Sefton today. It seems to be a cobination of removing of the overhead on the existing goods line (foreground) to some serious work on the underpass of the Bankstown line (background). This is taken form the Cooper road overbridge looking west towards the junction.

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Further west the high voltage cables are being relocated over Prospect Creek with some foundations of the bridge there starting. It looks like it might be wide enough for double track?

EDIT: bigimage working again....pic updated
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Yes overhead removed and staunchions and poles neatly stacked .
Near Auburn Rd bridge drilling and I think concrete filling to either shore up the ancient bridge or possibly form the walls of the cutting like at Flemmo J next to the car sheds .

Judging from earth works the SSFL is going be inside the golf course between Liverpool and Casula approaching the museum thing .
Pillars are going up for the flyover between Casula and Glenfield as well .
Also there are some formation works going in between Macarthur and where SSFL will branch out from the Main Southern line .
It's going to be further out in the paddock than many would have though and this is probably to get around Macarthur on a better alignment .

Does anyone have detailed maps of where SSFL will go around the up side of Campbelltown ? I really hope ARTC doesn't bodge that part up and end up with slow tight bends .
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney


Does anyone have detailed maps of where SSFL will go around the up side of Campbelltown ? I really hope ARTC doesn't bodge that part up and end up with slow tight bends .
"BDA"


The SSFL needs to move to the east (Up side) between Campbelltown and Macarthur, to allow the stabling sidings to be streamlined and brought up to standard.  Some land would be bought and other bits of land sold.

These sidings need proper track centres (about 6.5m) for walkways, lights, water, drains, ability to prep the train, walkways to handle wheely bins like Macdonaldtown, Hornsby, Cronulla, Gosford etc.
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Westinghouse secures $14m Sydney turnkey signalling project

21st May 09/Sydney -- Invensys Rail Group, a world leader in rail
control and automation systems, today announced that its subsidiary
Westinghouse Rail Systems Australia (WRSA) has won a A$14m turnkey
signalling contract from the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd
(ARTC).  The contract is central to an ARTC project to improve the
efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail freight services along the
North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

A major bottleneck in the rail freight network currently exists in
southern Sydney, where freight trains share existing rail lines with the
Sydney metropolitan passenger services operated by RailCorp.  During
morning and afternoon peak periods, freight services are not permitted
to run due to passenger priority.  As a result, freight services cannot
arrive or depart Sydney at the optimum times.

To alleviate this bottleneck, the ARTC began work on the Southern Sydney
Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide a dedicated freight line for a
distance of 36 km between Macarthur and Sefton in southern Sydney.  The
SSFL will provide a third track in the rail corridor specifically for
freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate
independently.

Under the contract, WRSA is to supply a turnkey signalling system,
including design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning.

One of the main reasons for Warsaw's contract win was the ability to
reduce the requirement for signalling technology on the project.
Managing Director Phil Illingworth explains "ARTC's tender specified
delivery of a conventional interlocking solution using track circuits.
WRSA proposed an alternative solution using service-proven signalling
elements in an innovative architecture delivering optimal value to meet
ARTC's key operational needs."  "It was this innovative engineering
solution that won WRSA the tender in the end" he added.

The ARTC has been a major client of WRSA for many years and this latest
project is one in a series won in recent times.  These include: the
relocation of the train control system in Victoria to Mile End in
Adelaide; North Coast New South Wales level crossing upgrades; the
Newport to West Footscray signalling upgrade; and upgrading the crossing
loops on the Trans-Australian Railway between Port Augusta and
Kalgoorlie.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The Goods Line between Sefton Park Junctions East Fork towards Chullora is to be slewed to the north by one tracks worth, presumably to made a bit more space for the construction of the SSFL dive at this location.

There will be a 25km/h speed limit over the slew.

It is not clear if the slew is temporary or permanent. Having 4m extra space for the dive makes construction of the dive easier. Perhaps the slew can revert to the existing when the dive is finished.

OHW mast are need to be removed to make room for this slew, and pictures above already show this happening.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Westinghouse secures $14m Sydney turnkey signalling project

21st May 09/Sydney -- Invensys Rail Group, a world leader in rail
control and automation systems, today announced that its subsidiary
Westinghouse Rail Systems Australia (WRSA) has won a A$14m turnkey
signalling contract from the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd
(ARTC).  The contract is central to an ARTC project to improve the
efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail freight services along the
North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

A major bottleneck in the rail freight network currently exists in
southern Sydney, where freight trains share existing rail lines with the
Sydney metropolitan passenger services operated by RailCorp.  During
morning and afternoon peak periods, freight services are not permitted
to run due to passenger priority.  As a result, freight services cannot
arrive or depart Sydney at the optimum times.

To alleviate this bottleneck, the ARTC began work on the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide a dedicated freight line for a distance of 36 km between Macarthur and Sefton in southern Sydney.  The SSFL will provide a third track in the rail corridor specifically for
freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate
independently.

Under the contract, WRSA is to supply a turnkey signalling system,
including design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning.

One of the main reasons for Warsaw's contract win was the ability to
reduce the requirement for signalling technology on the project.
Managing Director Phil Illingworth explains "ARTC's tender specified
delivery of a conventional interlocking solution using track circuits.
WRSA proposed an alternative solution using service-proven signalling elements in an innovative architecture delivering optimal value to meet ARTC's key operational needs."  "It was this innovative engineering solution that won WRSA the tender in the end" he added.

The ARTC has been a major client of WRSA for many years and this latest
project is one in a series won in recent times.  These include: the
relocation of the train control system in Victoria to Mile End in
Adelaide; North Coast New South Wales level crossing upgrades; the
Newport to West Footscray signalling upgrade; and upgrading the crossing
loops on the Trans-Australian Railway between Port Augusta and
Kalgoorlie.

"Tonymercury"


Presumably "alternative elements" means axle-counters. If these replace double rail tracks, then even though non-electrified but adjacent to electrified tracks, a lot of impedance bonds are saved.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!


Does anyone have detailed maps of where SSFL will go around the up side of Campbelltown ? I really hope ARTC doesn't bodge that part up and end up with slow tight bends .
"BDA"


The SSFL needs to move to the east (Up side) between Campbelltown and Macarthur, to allow the stabling sidings to be streamlined and brought up to standard.  Some land would be bought and other bits of land sold.

These sidings need proper track centres (about 6.5m) for walkways, lights, water, drains, ability to prep the train, walkways to handle wheely bins like Macdonaldtown, Hornsby, Cronulla, Gosford etc.
"awsgc24"


By the way, the SSFL site has that planning documents which include aerial photo overlays.
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Presumably "alternative elements" means axle-counters. If these replace double rail tracks, then even though non-electrified but adjacent to electrified tracks, a lot of impedance bonds are saved.
"awsgc24"


I'm awaiting an answer on this very point.
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
The flyover at Glenfield is taking shape...

Taken about 1km away from the west. East Hills line is in the background.
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Same thing but from the fence:
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  TheLoneGunMan Assistant Commissioner

Location: At NF88.7 taking pictures
As OF mentioned there is lots of activity at Sefton today. It seems to be a cobination of removing of the overhead on the existing goods line (foreground) to some serious work on the underpass of the Bankstown line (background). This is taken form the Cooper road overbridge looking west towards the junction.

[bigimg]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2009/3537464037_95fe6fd34c_b.jpg[/bigimg]

Further west the high voltage cables are being relocated over Prospect Creek with some foundations of the bridge there starting. It looks like it might be wide enough for double track?

[Bigimage function does not appear to work anymore, my other posts done with bigimage do not display properly anymore]
"arctic"


Hi Arctic,

The feature works fine for me?

Mike P
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
Yep thanks Mike P...working now... Fixed the post where I couldn't use bigimage before.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
So what progress was made at Sefton Park Jct over the weekend shut down ?
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Lots of clearing for the trackbed between Campbelltown and Minto .
Minor bridge works all along SSFL .
Slowly the banks on the down side of Chester Hill and Villawood are being carved away and shored up .
The pillars are slowly being added north of Glenfield .

One thing we are curious about is two structures being built on the down side opposite Liverpool Hospital , is there road overpasses going in ?
  Oldfart Chief Commissioner

Location: Right base for BK 11R


One thing we are curious about is two structures being built on the down side opposite Liverpool Hospital , is there road overpasses going in ?
"BDA"


Hi BDA. See http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/redevelopment/

If I'm interpreting the artist's impressions correctly there will be a multi-storey car park on the eastern side connected to the western side (main hospital area) by an overhead roadway and separate pedestrian bridge.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!


One thing we are curious about is two structures being built on the down side opposite Liverpool Hospital , is there road overpasses going in ?
"BDA"


Hi BDA. See http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/redevelopment/

If I'm interpreting the artist's impressions correctly there will be a multi-storey car park on the eastern side connected to the western side (main hospital area) by an overhead roadway and separate pedestrian bridge.
"Oldfart"


Part of the approval required the hospital overpass to be in place before revenue trains ran on the SSFL.  ARTC were required to contribute.

In fact ARTC has had to pick up the tab on many improvements to the Cityrail infrastructure that by rights should have been done by them in the first place i.e.  new lifts and noise barriers (and isn’t that a story of its own)  Rolling EyesRolling EyesRolling Eyes

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