I have questions concerning the Melbourne XPT, particularly it's journey in Victoria, which is why I'm posting it in this forum. Other questions are about general operation, gauges and signalling.
- I assume that Albury station is on the NSW side of the border, having noticed the NSW type indications and signals. Is this true?
- Do drivers change at Albury, or does the driver memorise both NSW and Victorian signalling and practise of operation?
- Why is the North East line on a different alignment to the Craigeburn line?
- How many tracks are on the North East line and what gauge are those lines.
- Does the V/Line service goes on the Craigeburn line, then on the North East line or is the V/Line service entirely on the North Coast line? I ask this because I saw a Vlocity on the Craigeburn line.
- Which freight is broad gauge and which freight is standard gauge?
- Which V/Line services are broad and standard gauge?
- Do trams use the same Victorian broad gauge or a different gauge?
- How do the colour light signals work? I think the lens changes colour? That is not the case in Sydney, which uses single coloured lenses.
- Is there a websites that explains all the indicators and signals? Similar to RailSafe, in NSW.
Sorry for all the questions, CL.
It looks like you are new here so ill have a go at answering them. These details can be found here and online with google but it might take some finding for some of them. I don't know all the answers though.
1. Albury is on the NSW side of the border yes.
2. Cannot answer
3. Not sure what you mean by this? I mean the lines are different lines altogether, being different gauges, the NE line being standard gauge (SG - I abbreviate the line name to NESG) and the Craigieburn forming part of the Melbourne metro and Vline networks, being on broad gauge (BG).
4. The NESG is single track Albury to Wodonga, then dual track to Mangalore, then single (with loops) all the way to Melbourne. From Seymour the BG track is double track to Southern Cross). Refer to the ARTC website for system maps.
5. Vline operates SG services on the NESG to Albury using N Class loco hauled sets and BG services to Seymour and Shepparton using VLocities, Sprinters and N Class loco hauled sets. Refer to the VLine website for detail.
6. There are many freight services on SG from Sydney and Brisbane to Melbourne, as well as ad-hoc grain services. Refer to ARTC website for the Master Train Plan. The BG services run from Tocumwal. Refer to the VLine Network Service Plan online for those timetables.
7. Refer point 5.
8. I was surprised to learn that trams in Melbourne run on SG.
9. Cannot answer, but NSW and Vic have different systems
10. Cannot answer.
Hope this gives you some starting points for your future information finding endeavours!