$2.1 Billion Sunbury Line Upgrade

 
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The plans talk about the construction of a new substation to power the expanded yard. I wonder if the current trackside substation will be removed and replaced with the new substation within the yard. Or if we will end up with two substations less than a hundred meters apart.

Lockie
Lockie91
Agreed, I meant to ask that very question. Does the power supply for the yard need to be kept separate from the main for any reason? If not why would you have both?

BG

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  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

The plans talk about the construction of a new substation to power the expanded yard. I wonder if the current trackside substation will be removed and replaced with the new substation within the yard. Or if we will end up with two substations less than a hundred meters apart.

Lockie
Agreed, I meant to ask that very question. Does the power supply for the yard need to be kept separate from the main for any reason? If not why would you have both?

BG
BrentonGolding
Short answer no, just depends how the circuitry is done and if they want to spend more money replacing what is already there.
They need to have the ability to isolate the yard from the mainline for works, this doesn't need seperate substations though.

Craigieburn Yard has a large substation with in it, the next substation is near the Western Ring Road at Roxbrough Park, then at Glenroy, Essendon, Newmarket (Services Flemington Line) and North Melbourne (Services Sunbury, Werribee & Upfield)

Sunbury was a bit more future proofed when it was sparked with Substations at Sunbury, Holden Road, Calder Park. This being in part due to Sunbury being 15k from Watergardens. With existing substations at Keilor Plans, Ginifer, Albion, Tottenham, Footscray (services Werribee) and North Melbourne. (Services Craigieburn & Upfield)

There is no mention of decommissioning the existing substation in the ESS that was uploaded. There is a works notice for the exisiting substation, but very lite on detail.

Lockie
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
@BG

RPV has upload a fair bit of information on the Sunbury Line Upgrade Page and it is with disappointment they have confirmed that a bypass track is not to be constructed. The current roads at Watergardens will be extended some hundred meters beyond the Melton Highway overpass. This leaves about a km from the end of the roads to where the track work is near Calder Park.

Strangely enough new stub has been constureted as part of the new track work at the entrance to Calder Park Yards.

Also of interest is the total size of Calder Park as seen in the environmental statement for wee little frog. Stage 2 A & B are currently under construction with Stage 3 getting underway out of site. This would be those earth movers seen beyond the newly constructed roads. Once all the current construction works finish up less the 50% of the land area would have been used. There is plenty of room to build a heavy maintenance facility to here in the future.

I have been temporarily stood down due to Stage 4 and have no reasons to be travelling into the city anymore, so It will be some six weeks before I get to see what is going on.

Lockie
Is there provision for a new Calder Park Railway Station? Which would be beneficial for the area to take pressure off Watergardens Station and provide a new railway station for Hillside and North Sydenham residents. I think a station at Calder Park Drive would be ideal and there should be ample room for commuter car parking.
There is no provision for any future station at this stage. The project boundary ends near Victoria Road, which is an access road to the Sydenham Terminal Station, with any future station falling outside this area. A station would need to be located adjacent to Calder Park Drive. One side is privately owned land (Calder Raceway) the other is a grassland reserve so land to construct is going to be an issue, but nothing to major. Vicroads has plans to turn Calder Park drive into a six lane arterial road to connect to Melton Highway, this includes a road overpass over the Sunbury Line. There is no mention of a station in any of their plans but this would most likely be built along side the bridge.

This has been talked about for sometime now, Watergardens was never meant to be the park and ride facility it is today. The land that the current carparks are on is owned by Watergardens and leased to Victrack. Watergardens has plans to build on these carparks to 'incorporate' the station into the shopping centre. Calder Park Station doesn't need to be anything fancy, standard platforms, unstaffed with 1000 or so carparks.

Calder Park is one of three station that have been spoken about but plans never happened. The others are;
Delahey/Keilor Downs. This would sit on land currently owned by Broadcast Australia with an access road from King Road to the station site. This was to services Delahey, Burnside Heights & Keilor Downs thus reducing pressure on Watergardens and Keilor Plans.

The third has recently appeared on the Sunbury South Precinct Structure Plan, named Sunbury South. Located opposite Vineyard Road near Obeid Drive. The station would be accessed by a new feeder road and would serve the expected 30,000 new people that will move into the area over the next decade. This would also reduce pressure on Sunbury station if a park and ride facility was incorporated. Estates have just started construction on the first phase of the PSP, any station would be 5+ years away.
Lockie91
There would be little benefit to a station at Calder Park as half its catchment area would be Green Wedge zone.

All the growth is happening between Taylors Hill and Melton, there is a buffer between Calder Park and Diggers Rest which will be protected.

Given the growth is happening westwards, upgrades would be better directed towards Taylors Road and access to Keilor Plains, as well as better north-south links to Caroline Springs and Rockbank, and maybe another new Melton Line station at Hopkins Road.
  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

@BG

RPV has upload a fair bit of information on the Sunbury Line Upgrade Page and it is with disappointment they have confirmed that a bypass track is not to be constructed. The current roads at Watergardens will be extended some hundred meters beyond the Melton Highway overpass. This leaves about a km from the end of the roads to where the track work is near Calder Park.

Strangely enough new stub has been constureted as part of the new track work at the entrance to Calder Park Yards.

Also of interest is the total size of Calder Park as seen in the environmental statement for wee little frog. Stage 2 A & B are currently under construction with Stage 3 getting underway out of site. This would be those earth movers seen beyond the newly constructed roads. Once all the current construction works finish up less the 50% of the land area would have been used. There is plenty of room to build a heavy maintenance facility to here in the future.

I have been temporarily stood down due to Stage 4 and have no reasons to be travelling into the city anymore, so It will be some six weeks before I get to see what is going on.

Lockie
Is there provision for a new Calder Park Railway Station? Which would be beneficial for the area to take pressure off Watergardens Station and provide a new railway station for Hillside and North Sydenham residents. I think a station at Calder Park Drive would be ideal and there should be ample room for commuter car parking.
There is no provision for any future station at this stage. The project boundary ends near Victoria Road, which is an access road to the Sydenham Terminal Station, with any future station falling outside this area. A station would need to be located adjacent to Calder Park Drive. One side is privately owned land (Calder Raceway) the other is a grassland reserve so land to construct is going to be an issue, but nothing to major. Vicroads has plans to turn Calder Park drive into a six lane arterial road to connect to Melton Highway, this includes a road overpass over the Sunbury Line. There is no mention of a station in any of their plans but this would most likely be built along side the bridge.

This has been talked about for sometime now, Watergardens was never meant to be the park and ride facility it is today. The land that the current carparks are on is owned by Watergardens and leased to Victrack. Watergardens has plans to build on these carparks to 'incorporate' the station into the shopping centre. Calder Park Station doesn't need to be anything fancy, standard platforms, unstaffed with 1000 or so carparks.

Calder Park is one of three station that have been spoken about but plans never happened. The others are;
Delahey/Keilor Downs. This would sit on land currently owned by Broadcast Australia with an access road from King Road to the station site. This was to services Delahey, Burnside Heights & Keilor Downs thus reducing pressure on Watergardens and Keilor Plans.

The third has recently appeared on the Sunbury South Precinct Structure Plan, named Sunbury South. Located opposite Vineyard Road near Obeid Drive. The station would be accessed by a new feeder road and would serve the expected 30,000 new people that will move into the area over the next decade. This would also reduce pressure on Sunbury station if a park and ride facility was incorporated. Estates have just started construction on the first phase of the PSP, any station would be 5+ years away.
There would be little benefit to a station at Calder Park as half its catchment area would be Green Wedge zone.

All the growth is happening between Taylors Hill and Melton, there is a buffer between Calder Park and Diggers Rest which will be protected.

Given the growth is happening westwards, upgrades would be better directed towards Taylors Road and access to Keilor Plains, as well as better north-south links to Caroline Springs and Rockbank, and maybe another new Melton Line station at Hopkins Road.
TOQ-1
The station planned for Calder Park isn't about nearby growth. That is a long way off as land on both sides of Calder Park Drive is privately owned by the Jane Family. Maybe one day the land between the railway line and the Calder Freeway might be sold off and developed, not anytime soon.

The station is envisioned to be a major park and ride facility thanks to the excellent road connection it has. Vicroads released the Palmers Road plan sometime ago, it involves upgrades to Palmers Road, Robinsons Road, Westwood Drive & Calder Park Drive creating a six lane road from the Princess Freeway to the Calder Freeway.

Catchment for Calder Park would be Hillside, Taylors Hill, Frasier Rise, Burnside Heights. As well as the new estates that are now under construction along the Melton Highway down to Plumpton Road. All of these have easy access to the station via Melton Highway and Calder Park Drive.

Watergardens is already congested due to the shopping centre, Keilor Plans in a residential area. Both not ideal candidates for additional park and ride along with the extra road traffic this creates. Watergardens is also a major bus hub for the surrounding area. Calder Park is out of the way and will allow thousands of carapaces to be constructed. Not that I am in favour of this, but it is what the people want.

Hopkins Road is also a planned station on the Melton Line and like to be constructed with any electrification project, along with Mt Cottrell Road.

Lockie
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
@BG

RPV has upload a fair bit of information on the Sunbury Line Upgrade Page and it is with disappointment they have confirmed that a bypass track is not to be constructed. The current roads at Watergardens will be extended some hundred meters beyond the Melton Highway overpass. This leaves about a km from the end of the roads to where the track work is near Calder Park.

Strangely enough new stub has been constureted as part of the new track work at the entrance to Calder Park Yards.

Also of interest is the total size of Calder Park as seen in the environmental statement for wee little frog. Stage 2 A & B are currently under construction with Stage 3 getting underway out of site. This would be those earth movers seen beyond the newly constructed roads. Once all the current construction works finish up less the 50% of the land area would have been used. There is plenty of room to build a heavy maintenance facility to here in the future.

I have been temporarily stood down due to Stage 4 and have no reasons to be travelling into the city anymore, so It will be some six weeks before I get to see what is going on.

Lockie
Is there provision for a new Calder Park Railway Station? Which would be beneficial for the area to take pressure off Watergardens Station and provide a new railway station for Hillside and North Sydenham residents. I think a station at Calder Park Drive would be ideal and there should be ample room for commuter car parking.
There is no provision for any future station at this stage. The project boundary ends near Victoria Road, which is an access road to the Sydenham Terminal Station, with any future station falling outside this area. A station would need to be located adjacent to Calder Park Drive. One side is privately owned land (Calder Raceway) the other is a grassland reserve so land to construct is going to be an issue, but nothing to major. Vicroads has plans to turn Calder Park drive into a six lane arterial road to connect to Melton Highway, this includes a road overpass over the Sunbury Line. There is no mention of a station in any of their plans but this would most likely be built along side the bridge.

This has been talked about for sometime now, Watergardens was never meant to be the park and ride facility it is today. The land that the current carparks are on is owned by Watergardens and leased to Victrack. Watergardens has plans to build on these carparks to 'incorporate' the station into the shopping centre. Calder Park Station doesn't need to be anything fancy, standard platforms, unstaffed with 1000 or so carparks.

Calder Park is one of three station that have been spoken about but plans never happened. The others are;
Delahey/Keilor Downs. This would sit on land currently owned by Broadcast Australia with an access road from King Road to the station site. This was to services Delahey, Burnside Heights & Keilor Downs thus reducing pressure on Watergardens and Keilor Plans.

The third has recently appeared on the Sunbury South Precinct Structure Plan, named Sunbury South. Located opposite Vineyard Road near Obeid Drive. The station would be accessed by a new feeder road and would serve the expected 30,000 new people that will move into the area over the next decade. This would also reduce pressure on Sunbury station if a park and ride facility was incorporated. Estates have just started construction on the first phase of the PSP, any station would be 5+ years away.
There would be little benefit to a station at Calder Park as half its catchment area would be Green Wedge zone.

All the growth is happening between Taylors Hill and Melton, there is a buffer between Calder Park and Diggers Rest which will be protected.

Given the growth is happening westwards, upgrades would be better directed towards Taylors Road and access to Keilor Plains, as well as better north-south links to Caroline Springs and Rockbank, and maybe another new Melton Line station at Hopkins Road.
The station planned for Calder Park isn't about nearby growth. That is a long way off as land on both sides of Calder Park Drive is privately owned by the Jane Family. Maybe one day the land between the railway line and the Calder Freeway might be sold off and developed, not anytime soon.

The station is envisioned to be a major park and ride facility thanks to the excellent road connection it has. Vicroads released the Palmers Road plan sometime ago, it involves upgrades to Palmers Road, Robinsons Road, Westwood Drive & Calder Park Drive creating a six lane road from the Princess Freeway to the Calder Freeway.

Catchment for Calder Park would be Hillside, Taylors Hill, Frasier Rise, Burnside Heights. As well as the new estates that are now under construction along the Melton Highway down to Plumpton Road. All of these have easy access to the station via Melton Highway and Calder Park Drive.

Watergardens is already congested due to the shopping centre, Keilor Plans in a residential area. Both not ideal candidates for additional park and ride along with the extra road traffic this creates. Watergardens is also a major bus hub for the surrounding area. Calder Park is out of the way and will allow thousands of carapaces to be constructed. Not that I am in favour of this, but it is what the people want.

Hopkins Road is also a planned station on the Melton Line and like to be constructed with any electrification project, along with Mt Cottrell Road.

Lockie
Lockie91
I would also add Watergardens being at the shopping centre, from a strategic point of view is likely to be redeveloped in the future either by the shopping centre owner or by way of its location, being a prime position for high density housing, more commercial development or community uses. Therefore Watergardens is not a suitable location for a large commuter car park, which would be better transformed into some of the above land uses.

This therefore lends well to Calder Park being cosntructed as a major park and ride station with significant car parking to compensate for the potential loss of car parking at Watergardens in the future. Given Calder Park is nearby to Watergardens and as previously mentioned has good road access with ample space for a car park, supports this case further.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
railblogger
It would if people used it. But people are addicted to their cars even if they are forced to catch a train due to cost or congestion. And as an added bonus you can drop into the shop for supplies / dinner / booze etc etc on the way.

It is about changing mindsets and building suburbs that entrench the need for car ownership.

Not likely to happen any time soon unfortunately
  Upven Junior Train Controller

Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
railblogger

Buses are treated like a cursed thing in Melbourne. Very stigmatised and have a bad reputation among most commuters. Just think of the dreaded bus replacements.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
It would if people used it. But people are addicted to their cars even if they are forced to catch a train due to cost or congestion. And as an added bonus you can drop into the shop for supplies / dinner / booze etc etc on the way.

It is about changing mindsets and building suburbs that entrench the need for car ownership.
BrentonGolding
You can do those things if you took the bus too. Done it myself overseas.

You just need to make it an attractive service.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
I was thinking about it earlier, and one of the best ways to reduce demand on station parking would be to start charging for it.
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
railblogger
I think in outer suburban areas such as Sydenham as discussed a mixture of both large commuter car parking areas and improved frequent bus services (running every 10 to 15 minutes) are required to get commuters to the train station.

Improved buses are helpful and reduces car dependency but if there is no car parking at all at many outer suburban stations, many would be train commuters will drive instead, so it makes sense to have some car parking.
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
I was thinking about it earlier, and one of the best ways to reduce demand on station parking would be to start charging for it.
TOQ-1
This happens in the outer areas of parts of London, and people still pay and board the train, paying much more expensive fares than people in Melbourne, so charging a small fee for new car parks could be a good idea to recoup some of the costs.

I am not sure how much you would charge, $5 a day maybe? In Tarneit for example I have read there is major car parking issues at the station, and whilst I normally support the provision of more sustainable transport options instead of new car parks, in areas like this if there is sufficient commuter demand I think build a multi level car park. Than charge people to use it plus upgrade bus services. At least it may encourage car users who otherwise would have driven.
  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

Do we really need more carparks? Surely a significantly upgraded bus service would be a better use of the money?
I think in outer suburban areas such as Sydenham as discussed a mixture of both large commuter car parking areas and improved frequent bus services (running every 10 to 15 minutes) are required to get commuters to the train station.

Improved buses are helpful and reduces car dependency but if there is no car parking at all at many outer suburban stations, many would be train commuters will drive instead, so it makes sense to have some car parking.
TrackRailroad

Do we need them? No, Do the punters want them? Yes. So much so that even the poor old federal government is now funding commuter car parks to win votes.

Parking is important for those who travel outside of regular bus hours, people with a disability, or the unplanned trip. It is unfortunately not sold like that here is Australia, where the car is still king. Most suburban carparks have enough spaces to fill only 1 train (roughly 800 crush depending on the set), there will never be enough carparks for everyone, nor should we even try and build them.

The Bus and active transport are key to this. Better bus routes with longer hours are they way to go. Every 20 minutes should be the minimum for suburban feeder bus routes, running from 4am - 11pm weekdays and reduced hours on the weekends. Back in the Pre COVID days I would regularly start work at 7am in the city, to meet this start time I need to catch a 5.40am train (the next service is at 6.18am, don't ever start me on that one) The first local bus routes does not leave the terminus until 5.50. It is the same in the evening, if you finish work at 7pm you reach the outer suburbs after 8pm, with many local feeder routes finishing up at 9pm.

The state government tried to change the contracts for ALL Melbourne bus routes last year, but the union and big players like Dysons and Ventura kicked up a fuss about it. Currently bus operators are paid on route Km, not performance or patronage. This explains the many useless suburban routes we have, it's about extra km's to get the extra $. Government wanted to change this to performance based targets similar to Metro & YT and also buy back the fleet after 10 years. Had this gone ahead we might have ended up with 2 or 3 operators across Melbourne with the fleets being owned by the state.

With any reform plans shelved for the time being I suspect we will see many more carparks in the future.

Lockie
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I thought they signed the contracts and it was the smaller family-owned operators that kicked up the fuss?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Not much to report this AM from Calder Park, might be an RDO for the 'industrial sector' I think.

New overhead stanchions have arrived and are laying on the new track near the substation. The usual vast array of machinery and materials sitting about the place but no action that I could see.
  GaryAblett5 Beginner

there also some activity going on south of Ginifer station. new pilings have been put in for the new stanchions there. I do wonder the Sunbury line will be massively transformed with 2.1 billion dollars. It feels little work is being done for so much money.
  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

there also some activity going on south of Ginifer station. new pilings have been put in for the new stanchions there. I do wonder the Sunbury line will be massively transformed with 2.1 billion dollars. It feels little work is being done for so much money.
GaryAblett5
Strangely enough you asked the same question in May and I gave the below answer,

Budget papers also show the majority of the funding is due in 20/21 some $700 million, then a final $200 million in 21/22. See what additional projects are announced as part of this years delayed budget.
Lockie

$700 million was meant to flow this year into the project, I suspect that had it not been for COVID19 we may have heard some additional announcements about additional station upgrades to justify $2.1B.

Will be interesting to see if the money is still there when the budget is released in October, or if the project has been cut back to the bare minimum to save $.

Lockie
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
there also some activity going on south of Ginifer station. new pilings have been put in for the new stanchions there. I do wonder the Sunbury line will be massively transformed with 2.1 billion dollars. It feels little work is being done for so much money.
GaryAblett5
Strangely enough you asked the same question in May and I gave the below answer,

Budget papers also show the majority of the funding is due in 20/21 some $700 million, then a final $200 million in 21/22. See what additional projects are announced as part of this years delayed budget.
Lockie

$700 million was meant to flow this year into the project, I suspect that had it not been for COVID19 we may have heard some additional announcements about additional station upgrades to justify $2.1B.

Will be interesting to see if the money is still there when the budget is released in October, or if the project has been cut back to the bare minimum to save $.

Lockie
"Lockie91"
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
there also some activity going on south of Ginifer station. new pilings have been put in for the new stanchions there. I do wonder the Sunbury line will be massively transformed with 2.1 billion dollars. It feels little work is being done for so much money.
Strangely enough you asked the same question in May and I gave the below answer,

Budget papers also show the majority of the funding is due in 20/21 some $700 million, then a final $200 million in 21/22. See what additional projects are announced as part of this years delayed budget.

$700 million was meant to flow this year into the project, I suspect that had it not been for COVID19 we may have heard some additional announcements about additional station upgrades to justify $2.1B.

Will be interesting to see if the money is still there when the budget is released in October, or if the project has been cut back to the bare minimum to save $.

Lockie
Crossover
This State Government was burning money like no tomorrow before the Covid crisis came, than their quarantine stuff up (that has turbo charged the crisis) where's the State headed for ? basket case status ?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The start of another working week and with trains actually running today on the Bendigo line (no PN Grain dramas this week!) I got another look at the works at Calder Park.

It is getting a bit hard to gauge progress now as a lot of the major work is done but definitely more overhead work has been completed since my last trip with stanchions erected in the section from the Substation back to the fence surrounding the Stage 1 yard.

Speaking of the oft mentioned Subby the track bed and overhead (but no track) adjacent to the Down Main now extends in an up direction almost to the structure finishing abruptly just before the concrete box. Much work is concentrated around the area with a queue of empty tip trucks lined up this morning on the dirt road back to Calder Park drive, a couple of large excavators in action and piles of square section concrete drain or conduit waiting to be installed.

As mentioned previously it is difficult to work out what is going on in this section of the works due to the little hill obscuring the view from the train but I expect to see some big changes here over the next couple of weeks if today's activity is anything to go by
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The start of another working week and with trains actually running today on the Bendigo line (no PN Grain dramas this week!) I got another look at the works at Calder Park.

It is getting a bit hard to gauge progress now as a lot of the major work is done but definitely more overhead work has been completed since my last trip with stanchions erected in the section from the Substation back to the fence surrounding the Stage 1 yard.

Speaking of the oft mentioned Subby the track bed and overhead (but no track) adjacent to the Down Main now extends in an up direction almost to the structure finishing abruptly just before the concrete box. Much work is concentrated around the area with a queue of empty tip trucks lined up this morning on the dirt road back to Calder Park drive, a couple of large excavators in action and piles of square section concrete drain or conduit waiting to be installed.

As mentioned previously it is difficult to work out what is going on in this section of the works due to the little hill obscuring the view from the train but I expect to see some big changes here over the next couple of weeks if today's activity is anything to go by
BrentonGolding
I think the 2 week shutdown in mid-November is when most of the action will occur.  i.e. New connection and turnouts to mainline commissioned.
  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

The start of another working week and with trains actually running today on the Bendigo line (no PN Grain dramas this week!) I got another look at the works at Calder Park.

It is getting a bit hard to gauge progress now as a lot of the major work is done but definitely more overhead work has been completed since my last trip with stanchions erected in the section from the Substation back to the fence surrounding the Stage 1 yard.

Speaking of the oft mentioned Subby the track bed and overhead (but no track) adjacent to the Down Main now extends in an up direction almost to the structure finishing abruptly just before the concrete box. Much work is concentrated around the area with a queue of empty tip trucks lined up this morning on the dirt road back to Calder Park drive, a couple of large excavators in action and piles of square section concrete drain or conduit waiting to be installed.

As mentioned previously it is difficult to work out what is going on in this section of the works due to the little hill obscuring the view from the train but I expect to see some big changes here over the next couple of weeks if today's activity is anything to go by
BrentonGolding
Thanks BG

With yesterdays announcement, the project will be complete before I'm able to catch the train again.

Lockie
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Another Monday morning dawns and with it the chance for another private carriage ride on the AM Down Swan Hill Pass.

It's all happening on the Sunbury Line this AM with work gangs dotted along the line from Albion to Calder Park

A toolbox meeting was under way at Albion where a bunch of men, machinery and materials were gathered at the Up end entrance to the old flour mill and sidings.

Further along there was another largish crew on the Up side of Watergardens with half the road blocked off and yet more machinery. It should be noted here that over the last few weeks many areas along the line between St Albans and Calder Park have had large swathes of grass on the reservation roped off with mesh fencing forming little access roads to the overhead stanchions which I assume are to be replaced in the next few weeks.

On to Calder Park Stabling and work continues unabated and seemingly unaffected by the Covid restrictions with many workers observed on site. I still have no idea what they are doing at the Up end near the substation but this morning i observed a stack of new machinery and materials around the substation itself and the area was a hive of activity.
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

According to photos I have seen online, the (very) old stanchions that remained at Middle Footscray after Regional Rail Link have finally been replaced with new ones. Also, traction feeder cables (same style as the Pakenham/Cranbourne Line) have been installed at the very least in a short section from somewhere just past Middle Footscray in the up direction to somewhere past West Footscray in the down direction (none installed at Tottenham or beyond as far as I know; only judging off pictures I have seen). Of interest is that at West Footscray, the stanchions installed when West Foostcray station was rebuilt have been retained with the arm supporting the extra traction feeder cables being attached at nearly the top tip of the stanchion so the traction feeder cables are literally hung at a height that is higher than the stanchion post itself.

Note: Anyone who still needs to do essential travel along the Sunbury line is in a much better position to confirm the overhead status than myself as I do not live in that side of Melbourne
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
According to photos I have seen online, the (very) old stanchions that remained at Middle Footscray after Regional Rail Link have finally been replaced with new ones. Also, traction feeder cables (same style as the Pakenham/Cranbourne Line) have been installed at the very least in a short section from somewhere just past Middle Footscray in the up direction to somewhere past West Footscray in the down direction (none installed at Tottenham or beyond as far as I know; only judging off pictures I have seen). Of interest is that at West Footscray, the stanchions installed when West Foostcray station was rebuilt have been retained with the arm supporting the extra traction feeder cables being attached at nearly the top tip of the stanchion so the traction feeder cables are literally hung at a height that is higher than the stanchion post itself.

Note: Anyone who still needs to do essential travel along the Sunbury line is in a much better position to confirm the overhead status than myself as I do not live in that side of Melbourne
Op Kronos
Still a work in progress I think but a lot of new stanchions laying about in / near Totty yard when I went by on Monday

Also something that i haven't seen before (so probably very common) at the Down end of P1/2 at Footscray a couple of stanchion concrete pads with approx 3 ft high posts with wire rope leading to the overhead stanchions around 2 m away. The base and post for the one on the Up Sunbury Main side had been there for a while but over the last week or so the base and post between the Down Main and the Up RRL line went in and both were wired up to the adjacent overhead

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