The Rock to Urana branch upgrade late 2015

 
  rockburner Beginner

I have been told that the whole section The Rock to Urana was upgraded to coal train standard in two weeks late 2015.
I have bean unable to find anything to confirm this.

Does any one know if this did take place and why?

Thanks,
Linsey Hoffmann

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  cityrail-rulez Chief Train Controller

Yes, I have seen photographs of the upgrade but nothing about it on either John Holland Rail or ARTC websites:?:
Althrough the line is under the care of John Holland Rail, you'd think they would mention something about the project

I do know that the ARTC is planning to remove all disused loops and sidings along the main southern railway
however, I only heard that by ear haven't found anything about it as yet.. Maybe once all the disused sidings and loops are gone, the line will have double track between Junee and Albury like it should have been done along time ago:!:
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I do know that the ARTC is planning to remove all disused loops and sidings along the main southern railway
however, I only heard that by ear haven't found anything about it as yet..

Maybe once all the disused sidings and loops are gone, the line will have double track between Junee and Albury like it should have been done along time ago:!:
cityrail-rulez

Between what locations please?
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Big project there Mr. Rulez. Care to elaborate? Answering Bevans' question would be a good start. Saying you heard by ear means its just a rumour. And don't say you're not in a position to reveal your sources. That's typical of dribbly rumour mongering.
  DL_Daily Junior Train Controller

I have been told that the whole section The Rock to Urana was upgraded to coal train standard in two weeks late 2015.
I have bean unable to find anything to confirm this.

Does any one know if this did take place and why?

Thanks,
Linsey Hoffmann
rockburner
Where would this line actually end up in Urana other than at the wheat silo ?

I think the line would take a lot more than "2 weeks" to bring it up to any standard safe even for light rail to use.

I will be in the area again very soon so I might just check it out on the way home.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Its part of this program - announced by TfNSW in September 2012.

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/nsw-grain-rail-lines-receive-277-million-upgrade

I don't know what standard it would be to though.  Currently that line is 19 tonnes at 40kph, I wouldn't think they would be upgrading to coal standard in any chance given there is only around 100,000 tonnes to move

Sources
- Refer Network Availability Map at this link for current JHCRN managed line standards http://www.jhrcrn.com.au/Documents.asp?ID=183
- Refer tonnes at this link http://www.railway-technology.com/news/newswork-begins-on-rock-to-boree-creek-grain-rail-line-upgrade-in-australia-4699446
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
I do know that the ARTC is planning to remove all disused loops and sidings along the main southern railway
however, I only heard that by ear haven't found anything about it as yet..

Maybe once all the disused sidings and loops are gone, the line will have double track between Junee and Albury like it should have been done along time ago:!:

Between what locations please?
bevans

Seconded, and source please.
  cityrail-rulez Chief Train Controller

Big project there Mr. Rulez. Care to elaborate? Answering Bevans' question would be a good start. Saying you heard by ear means its just a rumour. And don't say you're not in a position to reveal your sources. That's typical of dribbly rumour mongering.
billybaxter
I already stated between Junee and Albury, yes there are still sidings and loops which are NOT in use between Junee and Albury so therefore I CLEARLY stated the locations

The source I heard the information from was in fact the ARTC officer, I just couldn't be rude and just help myself into someone else's conversation I cannot help that bastard God gave me ear's to hear. I know that Wagga Wagga's yard will soon be NO more just the loop to the platform and main lines will remain this would include plans to remove all OTHER sidings and loops between JUNEE and ALBURY which are disused to be removed and it could be possible then to have double track to complete the link between Junee and Albury as double track once again when all the DISUSED sidings and loops are gone

The only reason why the railway's stopped at Junee and didn't continue through to Albury as double track was due to war time
noting that railway workers were also sent to war
  Booly Junior Train Controller

Whilst down south today i went past Jerrawa and noticed ARTC track workers working on the down sidings , removing them ? I didn't stop to look.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
I don't know why they would go to the trouble of doing this, unless removing the turnouts allows for higher speed operations?  But then, why not just take out the turnouts and leave the rest of the track etc there and not go to the expense of removing it?  Unless it is being recycled for other uses.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I don't know why they would go to the trouble of doing this, unless removing the turnouts allows for higher speed operations?  But then, why not just take out the turnouts and leave the rest of the track etc there and not go to the expense of removing it?  Unless it is being recycled for other uses.
james.au

When ARTC regauged the Vic North East line, in most cases they only removed the turnouts, the exception to this is at Benalla where everything except the Oaklands line was removed. They did though use this as a depot and storage area. I asked them about the old turnouts and rail and the reply was the items were well past there use by date and was not considered good enough. I was told though all the track work pulled out at Benalla went to one of the Victorian tourist lines.

woodford
  jcsaws63 Locomotive Driver

Location: 200Mts from the 535k post
John Holland use the loop at Uranquinty to park track machines a few times a year. Also at The Rock Qube and others park lager engines overnight while the small locos go to Boree Creek. Plus I thought this line only went as far as boree creek not to Urana?
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
John Holland use the loop at Uranquinty to park track machines a few times a year. Also at The Rock Qube and others park lager engines overnight while the small locos go to Boree Creek. Plus I thought this line only went as far as boree creek not to Urana?
jcsaws63

I'm really going to have to make a trip to The Rock to see these lager engines Smile

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