I have heard a rumor that the disused crossing loop at Table Top (between Albury and Gerogery on the Main South) may be (or maybe it already has been) removed. Could someone in the local area confirm the status of the loop, i.e. if it is still there or not.
Table Top Loop has been out of use since 14 April 2010 after a number of components had been removed from the points at each end of the loop. It was no longer being used by this stage on account of:
- The loop being too short for the trains then being run on the Melbourne - Sydney corridor (It was around 900 metres long versus freight train lengths of 1500 to 1800 metres).
- The opening of the Passing Lane at Gerogery on 9 May 2008 reducing the length of the single line section between Gerogery and Albury, thereby reducing the need for a loop in this section (The Gerogery Crossing Loop was extended at the Albury end to form the Passing Lane. I think the original Gerogery loop was around the 900 metre mark, whereas the Passing lane is around seven kilometres long or around 6 kilometres longer than the original Gerogery Loop).
Table Top Loop was originally commissioned in February 1984 as part of the program to introduce Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) between Junee and Albury.