As per RRA proganda forum crap ! Bad if true ?
This is the RRAV's in the reality response to the politically fanciful V/line MBRP Report
When you build a new road, do you build it for the horse and cart OR for the expected increase in modern traffic?
The latest Murray Basin Rail Project update circulated on 22.02.2019 has some impressive statements and colours on it but is sadly lacking in detail. It is authored in a very positive manner without acknowledging shortcomings in the system that will remain as obstacles to increased business and operator use.
All of these issues are contributing to longer and less efficient train running times while the headline for the original project was ‘building infrastructure for the future’.
There are a range of problems (not conclusive by any means) including:
• Maryborough to Yelta route,
o Line speed is 80Km however along this track 19.95km is speed restricted due to track faults.
o All Crossing Loops have had operating speeds reduced to 30km on the diverge track and 40km on the straight track compared to previously being 40km on the diverge and linespeed/65km on the straight track.
• Ararat to Maryborough route, 87km, splendidly announced as a track speed of 65kph
o The 65kph applies to 22.2km of this track and only for Locomotives of the T and Y class, wagons of 19 tonnes or less per axle, current running rolling stock is confined to 40kph for all operators.
o Speed restrictions are also applied to 23.59km of the section with a variety of track faults and sighting issues being the cause.
• Ouyen to Murrayville route, 109km
o Before conversion to Standard Gauge the speed was 40kph for the first 16.25km and then 30kph for the remaining 93km – following the conversion the whole 109km is now restricted to 25kph, a total increase in transit time of 1 hour.
o Heat restrictions also apply whenever the temperature is predicted 33c or above, no movement allowed between 12:00 and 22:00.
o Compounding the above restrictions, the removal of infrastructure in Ouyen has increased the shunt turnaround time for Murrayville bound traffic from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours or longer dependent upon train configuration.
• Maryborough Railyard
o Capacity reduced from staging 4 trains to zero, all due to infrastructure removal and refusal despite repeated requests to reinstate by Freight Operators.
o The yard is currently unavailable for crossing moves due to incomplete works leaving it unsafe for personnel to work in, various issues including uneven pit covers, uneven walking paths, rail and construction debris in walkways.
• Donald Railyard and Grain Sub terminal
o Capacity reduced due to infrastructure being removed, Project Management agreed to retain No 2 track but within 2 weeks following this it was ripped up – no excuses given, just bad luck
o Reduced infrastructure at Sub Terminal has meant reduced loading capacity and increased shunt times, 30 wagons only down from 40.
o To load 40 wagons at Donald would severely hamper existing customer operations in Donald yard by shunting within boundaries and halting all movement within his siding precinct.
Murray Basin Rail Project Update 22.02.2019
Claimed as delivered Actually delivered
Maryborough-Yelta line speed of 80kph Approx 20km of track is speed limited by various faults
Maryborough-Yelta Crossing Loops all commissioned Speed reduced for entry and exit of Crossing Loops to 30km and 40km respectively
Ararat-Maryborough line speed of 65kph 22.2km of track at 65kph for T aand Y Class Locomotives and wagons of 19T per axle or less, balance at 40kph for modern rolling stock and limited by 23.59km of restrictions for faults
Ouyen-Murrayville Line speed of 25kph for entire track, reduced from 40kph for 1st 17km and 30kph for balance of 109km, increased transit time of 1 hour
Ouyen-Murrayville Heat restrictions apply to whole of track at 33c, no movement between 12:00 and 22:00
Ouyen-Murrayville Shunt time increased by 100% at Ouyen due to infrastructure removal
Maryborough Yard Reduced capacity due to removal of infrastructure, unsafe for use due to incomplete pathing works, railway debris, uneven pit covers
Donald Yard and Sub Terminal Reduced capacity due to infrastructure removal, extended shunt times for attaching wagons, disruption to existing customer if more than 30 wagons sent to load site.