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  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Monday 7th was the date in the last update letterboxed to locals in the area, though that might have slipped since then thanks to the Covid issues before last weekend.

It looks like there was quite a bit of substance to the rumours I referred to a few pages ago around Slimy Stephan Knoll facing an uphill battle to keep his seat at the next state election. Liberal preselection nominations have opened and he has promptly announced he would rather not face the humiliation of preselection defeat will retire from the parliament to “spend more time with his family.”
justapassenger
Don't forget he would be eligible for for parliamentary Pension for life as well he is about 37 so that is going to cost plenty in the future. He has done two terms in Parliament and that is the major criteria for getting it.

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Monday 7th was the date in the last update letterboxed to locals in the area, though that might have slipped since then thanks to the Covid issues before last weekend.

It looks like there was quite a bit of substance to the rumours I referred to a few pages ago around Slimy Stephan Knoll facing an uphill battle to keep his seat at the next state election. Liberal preselection nominations have opened and he has promptly announced he would rather not face the humiliation of preselection defeat will retire from the parliament to “spend more time with his family.”
Don't forget he would be eligible for for parliamentary Pension for life as well he is about 37 so that is going to cost plenty in the future. He has done two terms in Parliament and that is the major criteria for getting it.
DJPeters
Nope. The Parliamentary Superannuation Scheme was closed to new MPs prior to the 2006 state election.

He'll only get whatever employer contributions were made during his time.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Monday 7th was the date in the last update letterboxed to locals in the area, though that might have slipped since then thanks to the Covid issues before last weekend.

It looks like there was quite a bit of substance to the rumours I referred to a few pages ago around Slimy Stephan Knoll facing an uphill battle to keep his seat at the next state election. Liberal preselection nominations have opened and he has promptly announced he would rather not face the humiliation of preselection defeat will retire from the parliament to “spend more time with his family.”
Don't forget he would be eligible for for parliamentary Pension for life as well he is about 37 so that is going to cost plenty in the future. He has done two terms in Parliament and that is the major criteria for getting it.
Nope. The Parliamentary Superannuation Scheme was closed to new MPs prior to the 2006 state election.

He'll only get whatever employer contributions were made during his time.
justapassenger
Plus whatever he has personally contributed.    He won't be able to access this until he is of commonwealth retirement age save he can roll it over from the Triple S scheme administered by Super SA into another fund.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Meanwhile yesterday i went to the Clovelly Park precinct on a very cute baby bus to find the old station fully demolished but the new Tonsley station almost complete and cruicially both the old and the new lines are now connected.
Gayspie
The track has been complete for a few weeks.    The overhead was yet to be cut in when I was last down that way mid last week.   Tonsley station was getting its final touches.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Meanwhile yesterday i went to the Clovelly Park precinct on a very cute baby bus to find the old station fully demolished but the new Tonsley station almost complete and cruicially both the old and the new lines are now connected.
The track has been complete for a few weeks.    The overhead was yet to be cut in when I was last down that way mid last week.   Tonsley station was getting its final touches.
kipioneer
Yesterday signalling was being worked on. New signals were not illuminated.  The overhead section across Alawoona Ave has still to be restrung. I had expected that to be done when the power was off last weekend.  Also the approaches to the pedestrian crossings at Alawoona were awaiting concreting. The buffer stop N of Alawoona was still in place.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Yesterday signalling was being worked on. New signals were not illuminated.
62430
Did you happen to notice if there was any sign of this work including the activation of the traffic lights that were installed at the Alawoona Ave level crossing about three years ago and left covered up by plastic bags?
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Yesterday signalling was being worked on. New signals were not illuminated.
Did you happen to notice if there was any sign of this work including the activation of the traffic lights that were installed at the Alawoona Ave level crossing about three years ago and left covered up by plastic bags?
justapassenger
I will be back there tomorrow i shall have a look then.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Update Thursday midday @ Alawoona Ave: Ped Xng  concrete complete. Some traffic lights still have plastic. Buffer stop and fixed red signal removed. Overhead being strung.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Full network closure next Friday evening (including Salisbury-Gawler) and the rest of the weekend will have just Seaford-Brighton and Salisbury-Gawler trains.

I'd guess this points towards that weekend including integration of the signalling changes on the Friday night, and a heavy load of Flinders Line driver training runs over the weekend before service commences on Monday 14 December. That's one week later than the date announced a month ago, not bad considering the disruption caused by the COVID-19 cluster.

The latest update on the Gawler line is not good news. When the current Adelaide-Salisbury shutdown "finishes" on Christmas Day it will be straight into a whole line shutdown until Monday 25 January 2021 and a Mawson-Gawler shutdown coming after that. The list of full/partial closures to come takes it through to at least Sunday 10 October 2021, which probably translates into the next Adelaide-Gawler train being able to run some time in 2022 once overruns are allowed for.
  Yappo Station Master

The Brighton rd/Hove station level X project is now said to cost an extra $100m!!! Perhaps spend the $270m on other priority network upgrades and let those vehicles keep waiting - that amount is around 40% of the Gawler electrification budget.

  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
The Brighton rd/Hove station level X project is now said to cost an extra $100m!!! Perhaps spend the $270m on other priority network upgrades and let those vehicles keep waiting - that amount is around 40% of the Gawler electrification budget.

Yappo
Wow, that's a lot of money - especially for little old South Australia (it's small change for Daniel Andrews).
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Full network closure next Friday evening (including Salisbury-Gawler) and the rest of the weekend will have just Seaford-Brighton and Salisbury-Gawler trains.

I'd guess this points towards that weekend including integration of the signalling changes on the Friday night, and a heavy load of Flinders Line driver training runs over the weekend before service commences on Monday 14 December. That's one week later than the date announced a month ago, not bad considering the disruption caused by the COVID-19 cluster.

The latest update on the Gawler line is not good news. When the current Adelaide-Salisbury shutdown "finishes" on Christmas Day it will be straight into a whole line shutdown until Monday 25 January 2021 and a Mawson-Gawler shutdown coming after that. The list of full/partial closures to come takes it through to at least Sunday 10 October 2021, which probably translates into the next Adelaide-Gawler train being able to run some time in 2022 once overruns are allowed for.
justapassenger
I've noticed the overhead lines being put into place around Regency Road recently but not around Ovingham Station which is presumably because they intend to have the overpass done by the time the line reopens. There's a lot of drilling and preparation around Torrens Road in preparation for that.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

With the line to be closed for many months to come, the question should really be about why the sections strung up already have been done so prematurely.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
With the line to be closed for many months to come, the question should really be about why the sections strung up already have been done so prematurely.
justapassenger
An initeresting conundrum!  The closure is for eletrification but can't be used for electrification work!  There is  c. 80kms of track to be electrified which can't just be done overnight. Even the 2km of overhead work on Flinders Link has required from August until now despite the steady rate of progress on that project.

I recognise that there are different aspects of the Gawler project which include the actual electrification but also the common services ducting, the new signalling system and fencing, all of which are being progressed in parallel.

In fact the overhead stringing on the Gawler line is only one section through Islington which was done in July/August.  This is the 2 return wires and one of the earth wires but still no catenary or contact wires.

Edited Tuesday afternoon:  Catenary and contact wire have been run out on up track between Dudley Pk and Islington Works.  Pulleys have been fitted on down overhead.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Testing of the Flinders line will start tomorrow, to be followed by driver training. Commencement of service is Monday 28 December, which will be on the public holiday timetable.

I've heard that this is due to the COVID-19 disruption over the last few weeks, as the contractor had to release equipment that was required interstate despite having lost their opportunity to use it here.
  Yappo Station Master

With the line to be closed for many months to come, the question should really be about why the sections strung up already have been done so prematurely.
An initeresting conundrum!  The closure is for eletrification but can't be used for electrification work!  There is  c. 80kms of track to be electrified which can't just be done overnight. Even the 2km of overhead work on Flinders Link has required from August until now despite the steady rate of progress on that project.
62430
I am under the impression that is is just  over 1km of new electrification for Flinders link was installed given that the stated ext is 700m from the previously Tonsley terminus?

The whole Metro network is shut this weekend in order that the northern part of the track (OH & GA) and platforms at Adelaide station can be wired up. That's all going to be done over the weekend because I assume that it is an operational priority. (Though Seaford to Brighton is running).

If the will was there, a quicker timeframe could be implement if it was seen as an operational priority. It might be a higher priority if the line passed though Liberal held seats?
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
An initeresting conundrum!  The closure is for eletrification but can't be used for electrification work!  There is  c. 80kms of track to be electrified which can't just be done overnight. Even the 2km of overhead work on Flinders Link has required from August until now despite the steady rate of progress on that project.
I am under the impression that is is just  over 1km of new electrification for Flinders link was installed given that the stated ext is 700m from the previously Tonsley terminus?

The whole Metro network is shut this weekend in order that the northern part of the track (OH & GA) and platforms at Adelaide station can be wired up. That's all going to be done over the weekend because I assume that it is an operational priority. (Though Seaford to Brighton is running).

If the will was there, a quicker timeframe could be implement if it was seen as an operational priority. It might be a higher priority if the line passed though Liberal held seats?
Yappo
Most of the old overhead wires were removed south of Alawoona Ave so had to be restrung.  The contact wire had an insulator spliced into it at Clovelly Park and had to be replaced northwards to the section overlap at the north end of Kirra Ave. Some of the catenary, return and earth wires were reused as were the masts to the foot of the ramp at Birch Cr.  However there is 2km of new contact wire.

Some of the work this weekend will be the energisation of the Flinders line (if not already done) and the commissioning of the new signalling and level crossings and the integration of this into the Operation Centre consoles.

Overhead work has been occurring the the last two days between Dudley Pk and Ovingham, with the return wires run out yesterday and catenary and contact wires on the up track today.  I was informed that the down track was due to be done tomorrow.  So it will be interesting to see how much overhead work is done at ARS and yard over the weekend.

The slower than ideal pace of the Gawler work may well be related to COVID restrictions affecting the availability of manpower, plant and supplies, all of which are required for the execution of the project.  Recently I came across on the web a  partial list of contracts involved and there were a surprisingly large number of companies involved, both local and interstate.
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
Driving through Darlington on South Rd this morning (Sunday 13th), I took a quick diversion to the Tonsley Precinct to see if any sign of test trains running on the Flinders extension.

In summary, no sign yet of steel wheels turning on steel rails, or any new overhead getting scraped.

The situation was:-
1) New colour light signals were illuminated (on red) at either end on the new Tonsley platform.
2) Traffic lights at Alawoona Ave level crossing not functioning (heads uncovered, but unlit).
3) Two sets of temporary crash barriers were still in place across the rail tracks either side of the level crossing.
4) Rail tracks still had a patina of rust.


Further along my drive I made another diversion via Devonport Terrace in Prospect.  
Bit of activity there installing catenary and shiny, new copper-coloured contact wire on the Down Gawler line from north of Ovingham station towards Pym Street.

Funny that this was happening if the plan was to be wiring Adelaide Yard during this weekend's shutdown.   You'd expect it would be all hands to the pumps in Adelaide.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
With the line to be closed for many months to come, the question should really be about why the sections strung up already have been done so prematurely.
justapassenger
I'd say they haven't been done prematurely - the wires stop about 500m from the Torrens Road overpass works and then recommence about another 500m north of the site so they're obviously waiting for the grade separation to be completed before they do anything.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Driving through Darlington on South Rd this morning (Sunday 13th), I took a quick diversion to the Tonsley Precinct to see if any sign of test trains running on the Flinders extension.

In summary, no sign yet of steel wheels turning on steel rails, or any new overhead getting scraped.

The situation was:-
1) New colour light signals were illuminated (on red) at either end on the new Tonsley platform.
2) Traffic lights at Alawoona Ave level crossing not functioning (heads uncovered, but unlit).
3) Two sets of temporary crash barriers were still in place across the rail tracks either side of the level crossing.
4) Rail tracks still had a patina of rust.


Further along my drive I made another diversion via Devonport Terrace in Prospect.  
Bit of activity there installing catenary and shiny, new copper-coloured contact wire on the Down Gawler line from north of Ovingham station towards Pym Street.

Funny that this was happening if the plan was to be wiring Adelaide Yard during this weekend's shutdown.   You'd expect it would be all hands to the pumps in Adelaide.
1S47
Over the past few days signal work has been going on in the vicinity of Tonsley station,  The old up signal 1238 was removed, automatic pedestrian gates, axle counters, balises were all being checked in the commissioning of the new signalling.  One of the engineers said work had been scheduled for mid November but he had had to return to NSW because of SA COVID shutdown.

Another consideration this weekend is that the power is off into the City which would make the running of test electrics to Flinders somewhat difficult!

The 25kV overhead has been run out over the past week on both tracks between Islington Works and N of Ovingham using a wire tensioning rig on hi-rail tracks which allows the catenary and contact wires to be strung simultaneously.  The rig is made in Italy and is owned by Manco Rail.  I guess the availability of this kit may have determined the timing of this work.  The sections south and north of the two completed sections are awaiting erection of masts at various locations including Torrens Bri, N Adelaide and KIlburn.

There was overhead related work in the ARS approaches yesterday.  Beams bearing sets iof nsulators which will carry connections to air switches were being installed on a gantry W of Morphett St.  No other fittings had been fitted to the north side gantries.  There was also work on the railings of the Morphett St bridge.  Maintenance works were occurring on existing overhead masts.
  Tonsley213 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Everywhere except South Kensington
Test trains are running on the tonsley line.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Electrification works appear completed around Kilburn, there was a crew putting protective screens on the Regency Road overpass yesterday; however they've only just started works around Dry Creek.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

New Seaford/Flinders timetable, starting Tuesday 29 December.

https://adelaidemetro.com.au/content/download/1552470/8034916/version/1/file/seaford_ttable_routemap_29_12_20.pdf

As I predicted when the draft was released, more Flinders services have been added late on the weekends instead of having Seaford services running express after Woodlands without a Flinders service following behind.


There does appear to be an error in the PDF version of the timetable though. A couple of Seaford trains in the late evening have had their Woodlands Park stops omitted:
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Electrification works appear completed around Kilburn, there was a crew putting protective screens on the Regency Road overpass yesterday; however they've only just started works around Dry Creek.
don_dunstan
The two sections N of Ovingham to Islingston Works are complete.  Through Kilburn Stn most masts have been erected but there are still foundations awaiting masts around the SG crossing and up platform. Yesterday all masts from Torrens Rd towards N Adelaide were erected.  N of Grand Junc to S of Dry Ck foundations are in.  Between Port Wakefield Rd and Mawson Lakes most masts are now up. On Tuesday the Dry Creek stream bed was being excavated just E of the rail line at Mawson Lakes, I assume, for cable ducting.

At Hawker St and Ovingham level crossings new ARTC signs have appeared warning of increased train speeds from 1st Jan 2021.  Is this an indication that the new signalling is finally being commissioned through North Adelaide and Ovingham?
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
Further GREL work evident today.  Masts were being erected around Ovingham Stn.  More cable ducting work under ARTC track at N end of Ovingham.  Masts erected N and S of Cormack Rd.  Mast foundations being constructed around Dry Creek Stn.  An auger drilling rig was being used W of platform loop and BG goods lines, suggesting wide gantries across entire BG layout at station.

In the SW corner of the Kilburn SA Power Networks site, several concrete pads have been laid.  This could be for the rail 25kV feed.

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