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  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
South Road is now closed until Monday morning - I drove through the work-site of the rail overpass yesterday and there was a lot of activity from what I could see. The old track was almost completely removed and there were two massive cranes on site; it'll be interesting to see what's happened by early next week.

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  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Report on Port River Bridge work.

Lifting of old spans commenced on Wednesday and all up track spans had been removed by today.  Also half of the old walkway on the northern side of the bridge has been removed. A number of new spans have been delivered to the site.  The piers are being worked on and new concrete pads are being formed as bearers for the new spans. As can be seen from the photos the new spans are like for like replacements except that the main members are one piece steel joists rather than welded assemblies.

Alex C

Old span as removed on lifting trolleys


Old span stripped and being loaded for removal from site


New span on trolleys awaiting installation


View of bridge today from NE
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Hopefully they are preparing to remove the shelter and install it at a more deserving location which has higher patronage. There would have to be hundreds of bus stops around the network which have far higher patronage and currently no shelter.

I also wonder whether efficiency gains could be made by trialling the operation of Torrens Park as a request stop, where passengers wishing to alight advise the driver using the intercom and passengers wishing to board would hail the train like they do at tram and bus stops. Many trains would consequently be able to go through at around 25 km/h rather than stopping completely, which would help reduce operating costs and allow many late trains to make up just enough time to keep the delays from spiralling out of control.
A step back in time. Install the train stop indicators that used to be on the Hills Line at places like Pinera and Glenalta.
Torrens Park does get a bit of use, I have seen many pax leaving or going to the station when waiting at the adjacent traffic lights.
steam4ian
How much use does Torrens Park get out of peak hours?    Both office and school hours.    Scotch College must account for a goodly number of passengers.
  mclaren2007 Assistant Commissioner

Location: recharging my myki
It can't possibly be made a request stop, thanks to those "concerned residents" who think they're losing a train service (that they probably don't use anyway)
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Most of the 'concerned residents' probably wouldn't even notice if the government just did it, rather than putting it out to endless consultation.

Done right, the improved timetable performance could allow for one or two of the other stations closed in the 1990s to reopen as request stops.

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On a more annoying note, at least some of the A-City EMUs have had their original audio announcements (which were quite good) have now been replaced by the same bloke with the Kiwi twang you get on the diesel lines.
  BillD Chief Train Controller

Another shot of the span replacement machinery.

Bill.

  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Drove through the South Road overpass worksite today and the main rail overpass span has been lifted into place, very impressive. As someone said earlier the roadway underneath is only temporary and passes under the bridge on an angle. The massive cranes are still on site so there are more spans to be lifted into place (obviously).
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
BillD has posted some photos over here >> https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2039431.htm#2039431
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Didn't see that, thank-you.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Port River Bridge update:

All up track spans have now been lifted into place by 6.45 pm today.  The westernmost spans were positioned using the trolley lifting rig while the easterly spans were positioned directly by crane.

Alex C

Details of span cross-bracing, bearing pads and anchorage.


Final up track span being positioned
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Drove through the South Road overpass worksite today and the main rail overpass span has been lifted into place, very impressive. As someone said earlier the roadway underneath is only temporary and passes under the bridge on an angle. The massive cranes are still on site so there are more spans to be lifted into place (obviously).
don_dunstan
The span in place crosses what will finally become the eastern service road.  The remaining two spans will cross the main trenched road and the western service road and are scheduled to be lifted during this week.  Both the service roads have to dive to provide sufficient clearance under the bridge. Excavation of the rail formation and land to the south for the eastern service road only started last Tuesday evening.

Alex C
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Port River Bridge update :

On Wednesday afternoon they started lifting the old spans from the down track and by Thursday all spans were off the bridge.  This afternoon at 5pm the second last new span was in position.

Alex C

Down Track span being positioned

  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
According to this video on Youtube from the DPTI all the South Road bridge spans are in place now!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3iMjIKHIa8
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
I drove through the intersection yesterday and indeed it looks like the spans are all there now - it's certainly a long bridge - longer than I envisioned it. It has been strange not going over that level crossing any longer (and we won't have to ever again!).
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
South Road Bridge....
They have been pouring the concrete deck today, concrete pump truck in operation and cement mixers unloading today, they appeared to be "packing up" around 1:30pm today.
East ramp appears almost completely filled as I could see a tipper and back hoe operating near the top of the east ramp, also a ute parked at the top. Both visible from South Road.
The work of the "Big" crane seems done as the long boom has been detached and was on the ground with workers starting to disassemble it into transportable pieces.

Torrens Junction ....
There  was some work going on just west of the junction, possible core sampling.
Strangely the traffic lights at the Park Tc level crossing were turned off with Dot matrix signs saying the rail line was closed
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
There also was some work being done on the track between Woodville Park and Kilkenny I noticed as well, don't know if it was track or signalling though as all I saw from a distance was orange safety vests and a few trucks etc.

So it appear's that Adelaide Metro/DPTI are taking advantage of not only building a bridge or replacing one at Port Adelaide but as much work as they can squeeze into this window to get a few other things done as well.

Pressman also informed me that the Grange railway line on Port Road median strip had been cut as well to allow the local council to install new large underground storm water pipes at that location. So it is just not benefiting AM/DPTI but some council work as well. All told the shut down is not a real hindrance though as it will save several smaller shutdowns to have got some of this work done. For once not only DPTI but others have all come together to get these things done. There should be more things like this here but sadly it is not done though in most cases.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Strangely the traffic lights at the Park Tc level crossing were turned off with Dot matrix signs saying the rail line was closed
Pressman
There is currently no need for them to be active, as the pedestrian/cycle crossing parallel to the rail line is closed courtesy of the northern side footpath, northern side pedestrian maze and Outer Harbor Greenway all being closed.

I wonder if they are taking the chance to examine how Park Terrace traffic might behave once both the rail line and the shared path are trenched? Removing those traffic lights will have knock-on effects on how things work at the Port Road, Hawker Street and Torrens Road intersections.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Work on the Woodville Port road section of the Grange line appears to be wrapping up with final ballasting and tamping this afternoon.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Just 4 days now to the whole line being reopened we hope anyway. One does hope that the new South Road rail bridge lasts a bit longer in one piece than the tram overpass at 7 years old that is crumbling in places!
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Just 4 days now to the whole line being reopened we hope anyway. One does hope that the new South Road rail bridge lasts a bit longer in one piece than the tram overpass at 7 years old that is crumbling in places!
David Peters
Just a slight difference between the two bridges David Peters, Tram overpass is prestressed concrete beams whilst Train bridge is steel spans
Interestingly it's only the cycleway beam that is a problem, trams continue to run without problems over the bridge.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
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Interestingly it's only the cycleway beam that is a problem, trams continue to run without problems over the bridge.
Pressman
Each tram track is on a concrete deck which rigidly binds together a pair of support beams, whereas the cycleway sits atop a single beam.
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
Didn't think this warranted a new thread. But anyway, what happened to the seats in the waiting area in Adelaide station? Were these seen as some kind of 'disturbance' and hence removed?

They were good for chilling out for a few minutes, but I guess anyone could drop a handkerchief under it, and force the station into lockdown.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Didn't think this warranted a new thread. But anyway, what happened to the seats in the waiting area in Adelaide station? Were these seen as some kind of 'disturbance' and hence removed?
ARG706
It could be a counter-terrorism related thing like removing the bins. After all South Australia is such a hotbed of terrorist activity...

Did anyone see this article regarding the purchase of trams from Spain - ABC News.

Personally I'm pleased that they're buying the rest of the surplus Citadis from Madrid, it sounds like they are still brand new having been in storage. Even if they were actually second-hand I wouldn't care, they are much more comfortable than the original purchase of Flexcity trams.
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
Speaking of trams, does anyone know where was this photo on Twitter was taken?


  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
I would say that it is Loftus museum on the fringe of Sydney.

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