Current tramway works

 
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Since the older tramway works thread seems to have been relegated to pages further down, I thought I'd start a new one.

Today marks the start of works at Miller St/Plenty Rd/High St as part of the Preston Workshops upgrade.  I don't know the area well, does the works mean that this intersection will gain a Y tramway junction so that trams can enter Miller St from the south?  Works will be completed by this Wednesday.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2015/route-86-tram-improvement-work-saturday-6-to-tuesday-9-june/

Also starting today is extensive works along Swanston St including many patch-up works on Princess Bridge and at other locations. I was in the city yesterday and I noticed that new overheads have been installed across Flinders Lane/Swanston St intersection indicating that a new tramway crossover is to be installed.  Does this mean that the existing crossover opposite Fed Square is to be removed? It makes sense to have a new one in this location as it increases flexibility.

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

What's the point of having shunting trams moving across Flinders St. when both set down and pick up platforms are on the south side?
  bramt Deputy Commissioner

The existing crossover at Federation Sq stop was removed during the works.
It's not a huge loss: turning trams back here was awkward because it was totally within the platform, which caused a few problems when shunting back south:
-the shunting tram needed to stop to serve the platform, then wait for the lights, proceed, change direction, (sometimes) wait for the lights again, before shunting
-trams continuing north would have to stop clear quite a long way down the platform, meaning subsequent trams end up queueing beyond the end of the platform very quickly
-sometimes a tram shunting back south would get stuck halfway through, because of a tram in front still loading at the platform/waiting for the lights. The shunting tram ends up blocking city bound trams, and the pedestrian crossing.


The new crossover is at the Flinders Lane intersection, and is totally clear of the Collins St platforms. Trams will service the Collins st platform stop no matter which direction they're shunting: basically the same layout as the Lt Lonsdale crossover.
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
A AVM Post was installed to at lt flinders st but had some issues with the tracking so that is a WIP.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
A AVM Post was installed to at lt flinders st but had some issues with the tracking so that is a WIP.
X'Trapolis-904M
All I got out of that post was WTF.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Trams shunting at Lt Lonsdale St are not supposed to serve LaTrobe St stop, although some kind drivers do take passengers to the crossover.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I'm aware that over the weekend the terminus for Route 96 at East Brunswick was worked on, any news as to whether it has been fully completed with the new track layout?

Meanwhile, Yarra Trams has quietly released plans of an upgrade to take place at Moonee Ponds Junction where a new tram superstop will be built to accommodate route 59, and a new terminus for route 82, including a whole new track layout.  The current terminus for Route 82 will be abolished, and track duplicated across Moonee Ponds Junction to join existing tracks.  Trams from Route 82 will then proceed into a new siding to be built just north of the superstop.  A map has been included on the brochure for this proposal (which looks like it will be built in the near future). The other plan is to further integrate the tram stop with the nearby bus interchange.

Moonee Ponds tram upgrade project: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/moonee-ponds-tram-upgrade-project/

And in other project plans, the off again/on again plan for the current Route 8 terminus (Toorak Rd/Glenferrie Rd) has been released. This plan involves moving the current terminus 100 metres down the hill and building a platform stop in the middle of the roads. The double crossover layout will be removed, and a new layout installed.  A map of the project area has been included on the linked brochure on the information page.

Toorak terminus tram upgrade project: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/toorak-terminus-tram-upgrade-project/
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
It seems the on again, off again project for the intersection of Normanby Rd's & Clarendon St is now on again and is scheduled to take place between January 3rd to 15th, 2016. Early works will be commencing very soon. Details are on this YT works page:

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/claredon-street-and-normanby-road-platform-tram-stop-construction/
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I see the tram tracks alongside Flinders St West/ Wurundjeri Way are being replaced this weekend. Does anybody know why? Surely this track isn't that old that it needs to be replaced.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I see the tram tracks alongside Flinders St West/ Wurundjeri Way are being replaced this weekend. Does anybody know why? Surely this track isn't that old that it needs to be replaced.
Gman_86
I don't know why but I did see some work being done on that section on Wednesday.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Two upcoming projects will be happening late November into late December.

The first one is the Toorak Rd terminus where a new platform stop will be constructed 100 meters west of the current terminus.  It will be a little bit longer to walk to, but it should be much safer for passengers and motorists. Early works have commenced with major works to start on November 28th.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/toorak-road-terminus-upgrade/

The next project will be an upgrade to Balaclava Rd tracks and overheads from Hawthorn Rd to just past Orrong Rd in Caulfield North. Early works are commencing on December 5th with major works starting on December 12th and continuing until December 22nd.  I'm guessing the timing is designed to coincide with several nearby large schools already going on holidays in these weeks.  When this section is done it just leaves a bigger section of track between (west of) Orrong Rd  - just past Hotham St to be upgraded.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/balaclava-road,-caulfield-north-track-maintenance/
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Two major works are to commence this month with the Port Junction upgrade starting tomorrow, followed by the Moonee Ponds Junction upgrade straight after that.

Port Junction/Clarendon St/Normanby Rd - from January 3rd - January 15th: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/new-level-access-platform-stop-and-track-upgrade-at-clarendon-street-and-normanby-road/

Moonee Ponds Junction - from January 16th - January 28th: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2015/moonee-ponds-junction-tram-stop-upgrade/
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Since the older tramway works thread seems to have been relegated to pages further down, I thought I'd start a new one.

Today marks the start of works at Miller St/Plenty Rd/High St as part of the Preston Workshops upgrade.  I don't know the area well, does the works mean that this intersection will gain a Y tramway junction so that trams can enter Miller St from the south?  Works will be completed by this Wednesday.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2015/route-86-tram-improvement-work-saturday-6-to-tuesday-9-june/

Also starting today is extensive works along Swanston St including many patch-up works on Princess Bridge and at other locations. I was in the city yesterday and I noticed that new overheads have been installed across Flinders Lane/Swanston St intersection indicating that a new tramway crossover is to be installed.  Does this mean that the existing crossover opposite Fed Square is to be removed? It makes sense to have a new one in this location as it increases flexibility.
jdekorte
It is actually  Princes  Bridge, not  Princess Bridge .
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
As in Princes Highway not Princess highway which is much favoured by 3AW
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Additional to the works between Port Junction and Clarendon St, it seems Southbank Depot is having some major trackworks. Does anybody know what is happening at the Depot? It isn't that old, surely the track isn't yet in need of renewal yet?
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Additional to the works between Port Junction and Clarendon St, it seems Southbank Depot is having some major trackworks. Does anybody know what is happening at the Depot? It isn't that old, surely the track isn't yet in need of renewal yet?
Gman_86
VicSig posted a picture of works at the depot a few days ago (linked), looks like some of the long straight roads closest to the 109 are being renewed. Not sure what other works are being done. I've heard that there are some problems with the depot entry tracks, perhaps these are being worked on as well? Probably a good time to work on the depot when most of the trams have been cleared out.

http://vicsig.net/photo/20148
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Some tramway works will be happening in Malvern and Kew next week. This year, because ANZAC day is falling on a Monday it seems there is no major works taking place over the weekend.  However...

...on the 26th of August (Tuesday) works will be starting at Malvern Depot and during the immediate weekend, the top end of Glenferrie Road from Barkers Rd to Cotham Road (Kew) will have track and overhead renewal - this work will only last the weekend.  The works at Malvern Depot and Glenferrie Rd from High St to Union St will last a full week.  I was down there this afternoon and saw all the markings over the road - it looks like both depot track fans will be renewed as well as the entry tracks. I'm unsure if the entry tracks will remain as a single track or will be duplicated.  Some of the odd tramway employees are unsure as well although they tell me the Depot yard will be fully automated so drivers won't have to get out and change every set of points manually - I joked that they might be setting up a signal box in the top depot tower!  All overheads will be replaced in the depot area and several new poles have appeared in the last week inside the depot and along Glenferrie Rd.

Of interest is that all trams will be moved out either Monday afternoon and/or Monday night and stored along the Dandenong Rd reserve.  Routes 5, 6, 72 and 8 will be operating but Route 16 will have a large bustition which should make life fun for all the private school students north of Gardiners Ck. Buses will connect with trams at the intersection of Hawthorn and Balaclava Rds where Route 3 will run as 3a for the week to service St Kilda, and Route 64 will be diverted along Balaclava Rd. There will be a smaller bustituion for Route 64.
  gxh Junior Train Controller

Location: SE suburbs
Some tramway works will be happening in Malvern and Kew next week. This year, because ANZAC day is falling on a Monday it seems there is no major works taking place over the weekend.  However...
jdekorte
The diversion arrangements certainly are a bit complex!  It's not clear from the YT website whether the route 5 trams will operate in the evenings, because in the evenings they usually shuttle only to Dandenong Rd and connect with route 64.   The statement on the website is that they'll operate all "day"! (see http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2016/route-3,-5,-16-64-tram-improvement-work-monday-25-april-to-wednesday-4-may/).   Perhaps "day" here isn't to be taken literally, and includes evenings?
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Some tramway works will be happening in Malvern and Kew next week. This year, because ANZAC day is falling on a Monday it seems there is no major works taking place over the weekend.  However...
The diversion arrangements certainly are a bit complex!  It's not clear from the YT website whether the route 5 trams will operate in the evenings, because in the evenings they usually shuttle only to Dandenong Rd and connect with route 64.   The statement on the website is that they'll operate all "day"! (see http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2016/route-3,-5,-16-64-tram-improvement-work-monday-25-april-to-wednesday-4-may/).   Perhaps "day" here isn't to be taken literally, and includes evenings?
gxh
Actually, it's not clear from the website whether Route 5 trams will be operating as trams at all. If Dandenong Rd is taken up to park Malvern Depot trams for a week and it's forcing the diversion of Route 64 then it's logical to assume Route 5 would be diverted as well - unless they are only running Route 5 as far as Orrong Rd where it will connect with buses. But there is no real mention of Route 5 at all on that page. Bit of an oversight.
  gxh Junior Train Controller

Location: SE suburbs
Actually, it's not clear from the website whether Route 5 trams will be operating as trams at all.
jdekorte
Route 5 is operating as normal (seemingly through-routed in the evenings).    Trams are being stabled on the southern track in Dandenong Rd, east from Kooyong Rd, towards Hawthorn Rd.    The northern track is still in use, at least for east bound trams returning to the stabling (operating as route 5a).  Not sure if there's any wrong direction running on this track.
The shuttle buses between  Hawthorn Rd/Balaclava Rd and Orrong Rd/Dandenong Rd seem to have hardly anyone on them (not surprisingly).
I wonder if there are capacity issues in Dandenong Rd at busy times, since only route 5 trams are operating there?
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
This is a very interesting YouTube about all the recent track work, overhead work & signalling systems that have been installed at Malvern Tram Depot. Also, I didn't realise that many of the interior spaces have also been refurbished. The depot may look old from the outside but inside is completely different! Looks like what is happening at the New Preston Depot and Malvern Depot may be rolled out to other depots around the network.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YsDxjvkRIk
  themetptc Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
And now it is Bendigo Tramways turn for some track renewal.  Three curves this weekend.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4106894/streets-close-for-tram-track-repair/
  steve195 Train Controller

They're installing traffic lights and widening the footpaths at Glenhuntly this weekend. Plenty of high vis around including Metro, YT and LXRA workers.

Interestingly, it looks like they've pulled out the catch points. Do Riversdale or Kooyong still have them?
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
They're installing traffic lights and widening the footpaths at Glenhuntly this weekend. Plenty of high vis around including Metro, YT and LXRA workers.

Interestingly, it looks like they've pulled out the catch points. Do Riversdale or Kooyong still have them?
steve195
Yep, I heard they were down that. I don't think either Riversdale or Kooyong still have them as they have been both upgraded in recent years. But I could be wrong.

I've been noticing the works at Glenhuntly during the last week. It also looks like they are beginning the signalling upgrade between Glenhuntly - Caulfield as part of the wider rail systems upgrade between the Cranbourne/Pakenham - City. LXRA are managing those works as well.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Riversdale's catch points and the associated controlling discs/lights have been removed. The crossing is now protected by boom gates and traffic lights. There are separate traffic lights controlling trams, ie red, amber and white 'T's. The last time I went through Kooyong it was a bit hectic so i couldn't observe things properly but it seemed to be the same setup as Riversdale, it certainly had separate tram traffic lights. The old disc on the north side was still there but seemed to be out of use.

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