Just got off the train at Ballarat. We were delayed "due to temporary speed restrictions" between Melton and Bacchus Marsh, and tomorrow "due to unscheduled track works there will be delays and cancellations". So what's broken now?
Interestingly the 9101 and 9102 have been diverted via Gheringhap all week. Connection?
Unbelievable . We waste $ 10m on a crossing loop that is not even required with the January 2017 tt, a loop that is there to cope without of course running , and then pretty useless with only 400m real length, and located at the foot of a 1 in 48 grade - brilliant .
We commission it at the weekend, now it is booked out till further notice !!! A true CLAYTONS LOOP .
Who did the cost benefit analysis on this project, it should have never got up ?
Best thing now to salvage something from this shambles would be to transfer all the equipment from Rowsley (interlocking, signals, points etc ) up to the proposed optimal crossing location on the new straight direct line at Millbrook and create the proposed new 3 - 5 km crossing lane at that location ahead of $ 500m new project . Then one can abandon the old route via Wallace and reclaim 5 sets of boom barriers for re use elsewhere on VLP single track passenger lines. WIN / WIN. If VLP pulled their finger out Millbrook passing lane could be commissioned and the old alignment abandonded in time for the Jan 2017 tt change .
Then as Trainplanner points out you fix the issue on the Down side of the Marsh properly by extending duplication from Bacchus Marsh to a high speed junction just before the Horseshoe Bend.
PS: Warrnambool track is a mess appears there is now a SR 100kmh Waurn Ponds through to Warrnambool will knock the timekeeping around. One wonders who is monitoring the track condition that it gets to a stage that the whole line degrades to 100kmh standard, tracks do not deteriorate over that length to that extent overnight . One just despairs at the management capability overall at VLP in so many areas.