Broadford residents call for Victorian Government to manage weeds along north-east rail corridor

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 13 Jan 2021 16:35
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Any reason why this has become a problem of late has there been significant rain?

ARTC would also have to come to the table on weed management as they have responsibility on the corridor like Victrack.

Maybe just maybe the operators have not been keeping up their contractors and are trying to save money.  Send the Job Seeker teams to the rescue.

Broadford residents call for Victorian Government to manage weeds along north-east rail corridor

Sponsored advertisement

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Contractors under V/line would most likely have the contract to keep the weeds down and this is why they are a problem.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Wouldn’t that corridor be ARTC? Am pretty sure they have all responsibilities, including maintenance of shared equipment (level crossings, phone wires...errrrhh)
  skitz Chief Commissioner

The weeds along the Gippsland line are well out of control.   Its not just a NE issue.

The embankments between Warragul and Yarragon are covered in blackberries.   Between Yarragon and Trafalgar they used to slash the easement every year.  They haven't done so for many years now and there is weeds everywhere.   The blackberry patches are huge, 10ft tall now.  Its obvious Vline have dropped the ball here.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Perhaps it's just me, but I thought all the lines were in very fairly shabby state, most have phalaris 6' high along them, plenty have that bloody box thorn shrub. I reckon a lot of lines are just a weed and pest haven's.

A while back, when the crew were having a 'bit' of a cleanup along the Heywood line and in particular right near Mum's house, they have left big mounds of shrubbery that should have been burnt long before summer and it's still there. A while back there was another crew doing a track inspection and she asked one of the blokes what was happening with the mess and he said it was a NSW gang that was supposed to be cleaning the joint up but the budget got cut, end of story.

Anyhow do they still run weed spraying trains, have seen plenty of picture and saw this the other day, although they are more than likely spraying 24D Shocked



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAmSnKGtT1c&t=11s

BigShunter.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
By now, the relevant authorities supposed to maintain the tracks must have the world's biggest "Too Hard" baskets. All the things that were routine - locally-based gangers, the Weedex train et al served the railways, and hence the public, well. Ah! . .progress. I am personally pleased that the Spirit of Progress has vanished. It would be a travesty to use the term today.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
.
.
.
Anyhow do they still run weed spraying trains, have seen plenty of picture and saw this the other day, although they are more than likely spraying 24D Shocked


BigShunter.
BigShunter
Back in 83 (I'm feeling really old now...) I worked in Upper Ferntree Gully. I went for a walk one lunchtime along the rail trail that runs parallel to the line and got covered by the overspray from a weed wagon being hauled by a flat top T. It just had a Z guards van on the rear.

I've always wondered what they were using...

Anyway, back on topic - I have seen hi-rail utes with boom sprays. I suspect weed spraying is more targeted now.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
What ever happened to the weed wagons ?
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
.
.
.
Anyhow do they still run weed spraying trains, have seen plenty of picture and saw this the other day, although they are more than likely spraying 24D Shocked


BigShunter.
Back in 83 (I'm feeling really old now...) I worked in Upper Ferntree Gully. I went for a walk one lunchtime along the rail trail that runs parallel to the line and got covered by the overspray from a weed wagon being hauled by a flat top T. It just had a Z guards van on the rear.

I've always wondered what they were using...

Anyway, back on topic - I have seen hi-rail utes with boom sprays. I suspect weed spraying is more targeted now.
RustyRick
Correct, though they do use small trucks with a large tank on the back to cover larger sections. It's not that targeted though, just limited to when the weedspray can go down so it can penetrate
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
.
.
.
Anyhow do they still run weed spraying trains, have seen plenty of picture and saw this the other day, although they are more than likely spraying 24D Shocked


BigShunter.
Back in 83 (I'm feeling really old now...) I worked in Upper Ferntree Gully. I went for a walk one lunchtime along the rail trail that runs parallel to the line and got covered by the overspray from a weed wagon being hauled by a flat top T. It just had a Z guards van on the rear.

I've always wondered what they were using...

Anyway, back on topic - I have seen hi-rail utes with boom sprays. I suspect weed spraying is more targeted now.
RustyRick

Not sure how things will pan out for you RustyRick, but my old deceased mate told me most of the blokes who used to be rostered on the weedex trains are no longer with us...hence no weedex train, probably due to OHS.

Perhaps one drenching of spray won't be enough to activate those miscreant cells, but I would have looked into this more thoroughly by now.

Every time I use Roundup at my station I think about it.

Mike.
  skitz Chief Commissioner

The weed issue is a bit bigger than what a hirail can address from the track.   Its weeds within the property.

Of note the Vline careers pages has many positions for arborists and vegetation management people right now
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Not sure how things will pan out for you RustyRick, but my old deceased mate told me most of the blokes who used to be rostered on the weedex trains are no longer with us...hence no weedex train, probably due to OHS.

Perhaps one drenching of spray won't be enough to activate those miscreant cells, but I would have looked into this more thoroughly by now.

Every time I use Roundup at my station I think about it.

Mike.
The Vinelander
That thought has crossed my mind more than once. Along with working with asbestos water mains, smoking for 15 years, and eating blackberries that had also been sprayed.

Rick
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Run a few steam trains during summer, that'll fix it.

Especially if the spark arrestors fall out.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

I read an article that metro trains are using goats to control vegetation around Belgrave on the steep embankments. A smart idea ????
  Upven Junior Train Controller

Yes the goats at Upper Ferntree Gully have become a bit of a popular attraction for young families from what I’ve seen. They’re also used on the hilly north side towards 1000 Steps.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
No wonder the Belgrave line rides so rough, it's been a goat track all along! Last time I was at UFG the platforms still had old style jointed tracks that must have been from the turn of last century. Weren't they banned on main lines 70-odd years ago when jointed track became a thing?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I read an article that metro trains are using goats to control vegetation around Belgrave on the steep embankments.
"Richard stroker"
I wondered where the V Line Board had gone.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
I read an article that metro trains are using goats to control vegetation around Belgrave on the steep embankments. A smart idea ????
Richard stroker
You are kidding.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
You are kidding.
"Lad_Porter"
He may be but I hope the goats aren't; they're supposed to be working, not playing up.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Hope that the goats are not corrupt too ......................

Sponsored advertisement

Subscribers: GheringhapLoop, speedemon08

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.