Construction Progress Southern Sydney Freight Line 2009-13

 
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
An additional photo to accompany those from above

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  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
The main bridge spans over Bow Bowing Creek (Bow Bowing) went in over the weekend. That's the last major bridge/viaduct.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Went to Macarthur Yesterday:
http://imgur.com/a/chVwA#0

  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Went to Macarthur Yesterday:
http://imgur.com/a/chVwA#0
"boxythingy"



Yep - the hire companies must be doing quite well out of those concrete barriers.
Anything and everything that sticks out of the ground along the SSFL site gets one or three.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
I've noticed that the pipework presumably for drainage is still incomplete around the dive at Sefton Jct , anyone know when this line is opening as far as Leightonfield Yard ?
"BDA"


"Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL)


Effective from 0001 hours on Sunday 24th June 2012, operations will commence on the ARTC Southern Sydney Freight Line from Enfield West exclusive to Leightonfield Yard. Train movements on this section of the Southern Sydney Freight Line will be controlled by the ARTC Network Control Centre South (Junee)."

http://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/SAFE/Files/2-1707.PDF?605323082


  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
I've noticed that the pipework presumably for drainage is still incomplete around the dive at Sefton Jct , anyone know when this line is opening as far as Leightonfield Yard ?
"BDA"


"Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL)


Effective from 0001 hours on Sunday 24th June 2012, operations will commence on the ARTC Southern Sydney Freight Line from Enfield West exclusive to Leightonfield Yard. Train movements on this section of the Southern Sydney Freight Line will be controlled by the ARTC Network Control Centre South (Junee)."

http://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/SAFE/Files/2-1707.PDF?605323082


"cootanee"


That's good to hear that a section will start being used soon.

Meanwhile, some pictures of Minto Station upgrades and SSFL works.


  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Leumeah Station Platform Blue Tactile Tiles were placed back in (but not all) as of 5/6/12

Additional Photo for Minto:

Looking South from reopened stairs on P1.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Leumeah Station Platform Blue Tactile Tiles were placed back in (but not all) as of 5/6/12

Additional Photo for Minto:

Looking South from reopened stairs on P1.
"boxythingy"


Almost be able to stick your finger through the fence and get it ripped off as a freighty barrells thru. Wink

Looking forward to them completing the earthworks from here through to the northern end of platform or are they yet to provide the replacement parking spaces?
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
I've noticed that the pipework presumably for drainage is still incomplete around the dive at Sefton Jct , anyone know when this line is opening as far as Leightonfield Yard ?
"BDA"


"Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL)


Effective from 0001 hours on Sunday 24th June 2012, operations will commence on the ARTC Southern Sydney Freight Line from Enfield West exclusive to Leightonfield Yard. Train movements on this section of the Southern Sydney Freight Line will be controlled by the ARTC Network Control Centre South (Junee)."

http://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/SAFE/Files/2-1707.PDF?605323082


"cootanee"


MORE
and track diagrams!
"Enfield West to Leightonfield

Commissioning of Southern Sydney Freight Line Stage 1

Commencing from 0700hrs on 21 st June 2012 continuously until 2359hrs on 23rd June 2012 or until completed, new signalling and track infrastructure will be brought into use between Enfield West (inclusive) and Leightonfield (inclusive). The tracks affected by the commissioning are the Goods line and new Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL). "

http://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/SAFE/Files/2-1709.PDF?1045920043
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Well it's great to see this infrastructure project steadily coming along in spite of the recent wet weather.

Hive of activity at the Glenfield flyover site.  Spans going up on the up side ramp. You can see that the flyover is wide to accommodate the line and loop.
Liverpool hospital level crossing is just a memory and a solid base of crushed sandstone is going down at various places.
Cabramatta south embankment retaining walls continue being poured.

Basically something happening at all sites 8)
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Does anyone know what this single piece of track is doing just a bit north of Macquarie Fields Station?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azDYC46XYMY
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
That's a set of points being constructed for the SWRL. Best guess, as I posted in the SWRL thread, is that these are for where the quad comes back in to a pair just after the southern flyover.  Not sure when these are being installed, but you should see a second  set being constructed soon.  Doesn't seem to be anything looking like a full shutdown of both southern and easthills lines in the next month or so.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
That's a set of points being constructed for the SWRL. Best guess, as I posted in the SWRL thread, is that these are for where the quad comes back in to a pair just after the southern flyover.  Not sure when these are being installed, but you should see a second  set being constructed soon.  Doesn't seem to be anything looking like a full shutdown of both southern and easthills lines in the next month or so.
"jcouch"


Yep - not SSFL related.

No connection at Glenfield or anywhere south until past Macarthur.
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Western side carpark at Minto has been closed.

  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned

cootanee, you mentioned that this video  was 'mostly' SSFL, are there any SWRL works depicted, if at all? I'm certain that the video after 1:00 is SSFL now.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aktQw_AK-uo

  UP9372 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Banned


I wish I thought of making those portable Jersey Wall concrete barriers. Would have made a fortune. Same for that portable wire fencing.
  Piston Train Controller

Typical of the way we do things in this country in the spirit of co-operation. There are two seperate flyovers north of Glenfield station. One carries the line to East Hills over the Down south Main, then we have another ARTC flyover to take the freight line from the up side of the mains to the Down side.

What would have been wrong with making the East Hills flyover double width and fitting the goods line on the outside to cross over?

I am not sure if ARTC are still going ahead with putting a crossing loop on the flyover but by duplicating the East Hills flyover would have saved half a structure.

I guess that because it is two different rail entities co-operation on projects will never happen.

Too late anyway they are both nearly built.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Troll through the chronological history of the SSFL and SWRL and you'll understand why.


Hint. One was already approved and underway, slowed and then ramped up. The other wasn't, was, was sort of, wasn't, is again but more Confused
  arctic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Zurich
Re the flyovers: The SSFL flyover has 1:100 grades and accordingly long ramps. The SWRL flyover looks like it has much shorter ramps and steeper grades due to the constraints of the nearby road overbridge - OK for suburbans. It does not look to have been feasible to have a combined structure without having a grade not acceptable to freight trains. Looking at the nearmap photos shows this.

cheers
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
ARTC is only interested in building for the SSFL and having their own route works out better in the long run . The suburban system would have little influence on SSFL traffic and thats the best way to have it .
I doubt the grades on the RC flyovers would be an issue if freight traffic were diverted to run over them .
The interesting thing will be how that new terminal is accessed .
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Re the flyovers: The SSFL flyover has 1:100 grades and accordingly long ramps. The SWRL flyover looks like it has much shorter ramps and steeper grades due to the constraints of the nearby road overbridge - OK for suburbans. It does not look to have been feasible to have a combined structure without having a grade not acceptable to freight trains. Looking at the nearmap photos shows this.

cheers
"arctic"


Yep - aside from the history of each not aligning (i.e. SSFL designed, approved, and underway whilst SWRL was only on a wish list).

Engineering wise the requirements of each have little in common except to get them across the existing lines. If it was possible, as "artic" pointed out - the road overpass smack in the middle would bug#er that up and the proximity of Glenfield station limits how far south you can start the run. In fact ARTC located its flyover to use the topography to advantage to achieve the 1:100 grade.  
  boxythingy Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
More tactile tiles for Leumeah+new seat, bin, garden and  soon bike facilities on the western side. Note the fencing separating the bus bay and footpath which has been there for a approx a month or a bit more now.
http://imgur.com/a/ExO6z/embed
  EMD-SD45X Chief Train Controller

With the SSFL now operating (only in the Down direction) I'm surprised there hasn't been any talk or pics (on here) about it.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney

With the SSFL now operating (only in the Down direction) I'm surprised there hasn't been any talk or pics (on here) about it.

"EMD-SD45X"


The trip trains that orginate from Leightonfield run in both directions. 
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!

With the SSFL now operating (only in the Down direction) I'm surprised there hasn't been any talk or pics (on here) about it.

"EMD-SD45X"


Maybe something to go in the Operators forum, given this is covering SSFL infrastructure (construction)  Question

Personally like to see an ARTC/National forum given the happenings of the past 17 years. Idea

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