SWRL Construction Progress

 
  M636C Minister for Railways

At Roseville-Lindfield, until recent renewal of all OHW masts, there was a bent and damaged mast which may have been damaged in a SPAD collision c1930.
awsgc24

Sure it wasn't the one I remember from 1950, involving three trains?


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  normw Junior Train Controller

Were my eyes playing tricks on me or have they now removed the stop blocks at Glenfield preventing access to the new lines to Leppington? I'm pretty sure they have been removed.

Cheers


Richard
ivahri

A zip up to Glenfield today can confirm your eyes aren't deceiving you. The 'Down' and 'Up' ramps only have dust on them all the way to the top. Stopblocks _were_ there part way up each ramp a couple of weeks ago; I'd guess they vanished on/before July 20th.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Filled in part of yesterday at Glenfield (Sunday) from 7.55am to 10.05am and no trains of interest to this thread were seen. Next weekend 9/10 Aug buses replace trains to Granville (they may do a 'shuttle' for Campbelltown-Granville trains?). The 16/17th Aug is a full shutdown and the best info to hand is they will (along with tasks elsewhere) remove the 'Down'->'Up' facing crossover nearest Glenfield station and replace it with two lengths of straight track. As it is already 'out-of-service' there should be no signal changes but the replacement will likely need the tamping mentioned in the Aug CU. With the CO gone they will likely remove its OHW too.
  EMD-ACe Station Master

Location: Australia
Rail traffic commencing on the line over the long weekend in October.  Not revenue service.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Rail traffic commencing on the line over the long weekend in October. Not revenue service.
EMD-ACe

Somewhere in the preceding 21 pages of this thread this was noted. 16/17th Aug. should see the commisioning of Glenfield South substation and perchance completion of the 1500v feeders for the Leppington 'Down' and 'Up' ramps. It's then two months of (ATM) largely unknown work until 16/17 Oct. 'til the running of electric trains for staff training and familiarisation. At last look there was still no OHW through the Freeway tunnel, so this may be left until Oct. 16/17. The 'public' launch date will already be in official diaries (i.e for plaque unveiling, first 'official' train) but it is thought to be around late Jan./Feb. 2015. Typically 'revenue service' begins the next day. Once the line is made active for staff training, will they begin stabling train sets at Rossmore?
  EMD-ACe Station Master

Location: Australia
Should be open for revenue service in January with trains being stabled in the yard.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Should be open for revenue service in January with trains being stabled in the yard.
EMD-ACe

Thanks for the info.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Should be open for revenue service in January with trains being stabled in the yard.
"EMD-ACe"


Good news!
  normw Junior Train Controller

Noted a large crew (10+) on Sunday (10th) working on the 1500v Isolating Panel just south of the SFO.
  bernerd Junior Train Controller

115km/h running test will go ahead on 31 August.
Revenue still not planned until early Feb, not sure where the people above are getting their intel.
Stabling yard to be used from late Jan.
  normw Junior Train Controller

115km/h running test will go ahead on 31 August.
Revenue still not planned until early Feb, not sure where the people above are getting their intel.
Stabling yard to be used from late Jan.
bernerd

Credentials and sources aren't asked for here so to a degree it comes down to who is most often correct (and it isn't me). However I must admit I prefer your news Smile that the test runs are now scheduled for the 31st Aug, as public word of the 20th July test was too late, and nothing of note was seen Aug 3, but now some hope for the 31st Aug as you suggest, and that's only two weeks away.
  normw Junior Train Controller

By sundown Aug 16, the OHW for all three redundant crossovers and OHW for the 'lost' piece of the East Hills 'Up' should be gone. At 2.30pm the site of the 44(A/B)pts was a deep trench, the contents of which had been loaded into a ballast-pickup train standing on the East Hills Down Relief road, with 8145 at one end and 8163 at the other. At that time the trench was being packed by a large roller. Going home about 3pm noted 8143 with a train load of non-hopper ballast waiting on the 'Up' just south of Glenfield. The sleepers under 44pts were still timber, so their going makes a bit less of that piece of history still in active service. Not sure how the Glenfield South substation commisioning progresses, but did note work crews working on 1500v feeders at Glenfield and at the Macquarie Fields substation yard.

By 4.30pm Aug 17, the Main South tracks were back together again minus the crossover, ballasting done and 'sweeping up' of excess ballast was in progress. 8103 had the head of a train of ballast hoppers standing mostly in P3 facing south. The 8143 train noted yesterday has to be emptied by scoop machines (hoppers are of no use until the track is replaced), to refill the trench mentioned previously and add the track base ballast, after which come sleepers, rails (clipped and welded) and finally the ballast hoppers. Track tamping will be done last, most likely this evening. The concrete bases of 'old' signals had also been removed, but there may be further mast simplification in the future with the removal of the OHW noted above. So in spite of the weather, Monday's commuters should not be delayed and likely not even notice one less point frog leaving Glenfield.
That should leave two crossovers and the remnants of the East Hills 'Up' point (41) to remove in October, to about wrap up the project.
  bernerd Junior Train Controller

The train radio test on Sunday 20 July was recorded by several media outlets, but is being held on to for various reasons. There were also several buffs out there who documented the event. There's no 'IF'.
  normw Junior Train Controller

The train radio test on Sunday 20 July was recorded by several media outlets, but is being held on to for various reasons. There were also several buffs out there who documented the event. There's no 'IF'.
bernerd

OK Will remove the 'IF'
  normw Junior Train Controller

....
There were also several buffs out there who documented the event.
....
bernerd

Clearly no one who contributes to this forum.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Monday 25th, caught the 12.39pm C'town->Schofields but unusually (AFAIK) it pulled into Glenfield P1, where I alighted. A Museum via Granville was already waiting the road on P2 (this train had left C'town 5 mins ahead of the Schofields train), a train on P3 waiting a turnback (unknown destination; it is usually a Museum via Granville but looked empty) and a few seconds after the Schofields pulled in a Cambelltown train arrived on P4; thus for less than a minute Glenfield had a full house. The Schofields (P1) left first, going via the (seldom used?) crossover to the 'Up Main'. After gaining headway, P2 got the road and also headed off on the 'Up Main' for Museum via Granville. Even as this train faded from sight the Campbelltown train got the 'All clear' on P4. The turnback points changed over even as P4 was departing, the controlling signal (GD16) changed to 'Yellow' over 'Red', finally to 'Yellow' over 'Yellow' as the train started to move off and cross to the 'Up Main'.

On reflection it is likely the turnback train had some 'issue', so that a set was taken from C'town yard and sent to Glenfield P2 to replace it, the following Schofields train got by it using P1, the P2 train substituted for the turnback and what was on P3 either went for service or some other duty.
  normw Junior Train Controller

FYI: The G.T.I. and G.L.R.L. Construction Updates for September are now available from the Gov't Project website.

GTI work includes construction of drainage, removal of old signals, wire and footings [at least one at M.F.], track welding, grinding and tamping. The Trackwork Schedule indicated no trains between Glenfield and Granville 20th/21st; there will also be intermitant closure as far back as Macquarie Fields, so either another crossover is to go that weekend or signal track circuit changes?

GLRL work on both Leppington & Edmondson Park conclude by the end of the month, in addition to anticipated branch OHW energised about the same time. Roll on October.
  normw Junior Train Controller

If the branch OHW is energised by the end of September and all is tested by then, has anyone set a date for the first ELECTRIC train (no passengers) to venture up the SFO? Oct 18th/19th is expected to see removal of the last remaining crossovers; when does Sydney Trains get the key to the 'front door' (so to speak)? After the final payment? Or would the contract include a period to 'live' testing?
  EMD-ACe Station Master

Location: Australia
I'd have the camera ready on 07/10.
  normw Junior Train Controller

I'd have the camera ready on 07/10.
EMD-ACe

I hope to test the camera over this weekend and will then shout it a new battery.


Thanks for the info.
  maestro Junior Train Controller

when does Sydney Trains get the key to the 'front door' (so to speak)? After the final payment? Or would the contract include a period to 'live' testing?
normw

These sorts of contracts aren't quite as simple as a contract to build a house. It would likely specify a formal handover, a set period afterwards for major defects to be reported (and a timeframe within which they must be fixed), and probably a period for minor defect reporting and rectification. These periods would be started at the date of the actual formal handover when Sydney Trains becomes responsible for the site (meaning that the construction contractors performing rectification would be working under Sydney Train's safe working system, rather than their own system that they used when they were in control of the site).

There are many ways to handle the final payment for this sort of work. Some that I am familiar with are a 5% final payment when the completion conditions in the contract are met (basically all the faults are rectified), or a bank guarantee (where the principal pays the money, the contractor gets interest on the money, but a bank will guarantee to pay the principal if the contractor defaults on their obligations).
  normw Junior Train Controller

Sunday Aug 31, at about 8.15am, MTPV1 came to a stop at the south end of P4 (sig GD21). As the branch has not yet been handed over, a contractor crew unclipped pts P4->LePPDn (62), manually changed them and a flagman gave the 'right-of-way' for the test vehicle to move on to the SFO 'Down' ramp around 8.25am. After brief pauses on the ramp and at the upper end of the SFO, it finally disappeared from sight towards the Highway tunnel about 8.33am. Not having a car I had to wait at Glenfield, and at about 9.20am it returned on the 'Up' and stopped partway down the 'Up' ramp. The same contractor crew unlocked and set pts LeppUp->P2 (65) and the flagman called the vehicle head to the south end of P2 ('Up Main'); the vehicle was now again under normal signal control.

After a turn-back train left P3, crossed to the 'Up Main' and got headway, the starter signal on P2 (GD18 ) cleared to 'Shunt Ahead' and the test vehicle came on to just passed the crossover, the crossover changed and the test vehicle set back into P3, coming to a stand at GD23 at the southern end of P3 ('DnMain').

The contractor crew then did their magic for pts DnMain->LePPDn (60) and after an appropriate flag signal the test vehicle headed back up the ramp and disappeared in the direction of Leppington again. In all cases the contractor crew set each points back to 'normal' after the vehicle, and after this third 'task' they also 'vanished', and when the test vehicle had not returned after a similar time to the first 'lap', I assumed it was busy elsewhere on the branch, so came home.

Edit: See my photos at http://www.ufuf.de/dalbum/index.php?folder=/Glenfield%20Station/
      (Page 3) for some photos from the day. They happened in 1,2,3,4 order.; still getting a handle
      on the Album app.

Edit: See also Robert Parnell's rail pix on Flickr, which includes MTPV1 during the July 20th run.
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/robertstrains/14697033112/
      Also includes an unbelievable pic of a stunning "3830".
  normw Junior Train Controller

The line is 11,400 metres long and the only MTPV1 sightings/reports/photos were from the first 300 metres?
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Most of it is in inaccessible places. Makes it quite hard to get photos anywhere.
  normw Junior Train Controller

Most of it is in inaccessible places. Makes it quite hard to get photos anywhere.
jcouch

Thanks 'jcouch' for replying, and agree most of the line IS inaccessible, short of having your own helicopter. The 3 road bridges at Leppington ARE accessible, plus Campbelltown Rd and Camden Valley Way bridges... mostly the issue is that in a city of 'lots of people' this forum seems more like a monologue than a dialogue.

In around 3 weeks the line goes 'live', which about signals the end of construction.

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