Melbourne Metro Rail Project Revived

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 16 Feb 2015 17:54
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Have just received an email update from Rail Projects Victoria. Apparently the works at South Yarra have finished early and trains will be returning to normal service between Caulfield - City on Monday 27th January.  How this will pan out with train drivers wanting more training on the rebuilt section between Hawksburn - South Yarra remains to be seen.  

A quick rundown on the January works that were undertaken (from my observation and the newsletter):

- lots of new signalling infrastructure was installed from Caulfield - City including new signalling at Caulfield, new signalling conduits and cable ducts along the section, and new gantries in some locations.
- turnouts have been installed just up from Hawksburn which will enable trains exiting the tunnel to be turned around on either platforms 3 or 4 at Hawksburn.
- the final section of roof slab over the tunnel entrance descent structure was constructed just up from the Chapel St bridge.
- three tracks (up & down Frankston and up Dandenong) were slewed south of the descent structure. 1 track (down Dandenong) was slewed north.


It seems at this stage that platform surfaces at all the MATH stations and Caulfield have not been levelled however this may happen in the near future. Some of the platforms were dug through to lay new signalling conduits so they are a bit rough.

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  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
The first of the TBM's (Millie) to dig from ANZAC/Domain to South Yarra has had it cutting head installed - Millie

Neil
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Good to see progress.
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
And the first TBM has completed one of the tunnels from Arden to South Kensington today
Premiers press release Breakthru

Neil
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
Both of the TBMs to dig from ANZAC station have their cutter heads installed now. Finish putting them together, commission them and then the eastern tunnels will be underway

Alice

Neil
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
With absolutely no fanfare at all TBM 'Meg' finished the second tunnel from Arden to South Kensington sometime late in March and is now being disassembled for return to Arden to start digging in the opposite direction. All parts of TBM 'Joan' ought to be back at Arden now ready for, or being, reassembled for the launch to Parkville sometime in the next few months.

Kensington update

Neil
  Altona Loopy Station Master

With absolutely no fanfare at all TBM 'Meg' finished the second tunnel from Arden to South Kensington sometime late in March and is now being disassembled for return to Arden to start digging in the opposite direction. All parts of TBM 'Joan' ought to be back at Arden now ready for, or being, reassembled for the launch to Parkville sometime in the next few months.

Kensington update

Neil
ngarner
Thanks for the updates NG, that was certainly quiet, but good to hear.

Pardon if discussed previously, but what is happening to the existing 2 x Sunbury tracks east of South Kensington? Online maps don't discuss them. Will there be a new physical junction to the east of the new tunnel entrance off the Werribee line to provide more operational capacity, with the possibility of Werribee trains able to access the current city loop once more?

Current track configuration into North Melbourne would easily allow for it.

Seems a waste and unnecessary expense to remove them.
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
With absolutely no fanfare at all TBM 'Meg' finished the second tunnel from Arden to South Kensington sometime late in March and is now being disassembled for return to Arden to start digging in the opposite direction. All parts of TBM 'Joan' ought to be back at Arden now ready for, or being, reassembled for the launch to Parkville sometime in the next few months.

Kensington update

Neil
Thanks for the updates NG, that was certainly quiet, but good to hear.

Pardon if discussed previously, but what is happening to the existing 2 x Sunbury tracks east of South Kensington? Online maps don't discuss them. Will there be a new physical junction to the east of the new tunnel entrance off the Werribee line to provide more operational capacity, with the possibility of Werribee trains able to access the current city loop once more?

Current track configuration into North Melbourne would easily allow for it.

Seems a waste and unnecessary expense to remove them.
Altona Loopy
From various bits and pieces of info dredged up from the Metro website the existing tracks will remain, probably for emergency use or diversions of VLine traffic and the like. The straight lines will become the tunnel access and the diverge to North Melbourne.
There are suggestions that the components of the points are to be, or will be, delivered reasonably soon for installation, if they aren't already stored near South Ken. I'm assuming that it will be a similar install to the various points put in at West Footscray, South Kensington and Hawksburn; i.e. most of the points including the frog but not the blades, until a date a lot closer to the actual opening. Don't want a misdirected Siemens in an incomplete tunnel.

Neil
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Thanks for the updates NG, that was certainly quiet, but good to hear.

Pardon if discussed previously, but what is happening to the existing 2 x Sunbury tracks east of South Kensington? Online maps don't discuss them. Will there be a new physical junction to the east of the new tunnel entrance off the Werribee line to provide more operational capacity, with the possibility of Werribee trains able to access the current city loop once more?

Current track configuration into North Melbourne would easily allow for it.

Seems a waste and unnecessary expense to remove them.
Altona Loopy
Upfield will continue to use Platforms 1+2 at North Melbourne

Craigieburn will gain use of Platforms 3+4 at North Melbourne. That means the track pair will only be empty between the Kensington Flyover and the Metro Tunnel Portal (~500m)

Newport will continue to use Platforms 5+6, will continue onto Sandringham as Frankston will use the City Loop exclusively.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Quite informative for those who may not fully understand what this signalling is all about.

And it's exciting to finally see them test the signalling. I remember the PTV plan in 2013 embracing the testing of this signalling (on the Sandringham line) so it can be implemented across the whole rail network. Hopefully the testing goes well on the South Morang line.



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