A summery of whats to happen, kindly provided by Roderick B Smith:South Dynon Rail Operations Precient
South Dynon - new DG carriage wash plant, changes to loco/carriage maintenance facilities.
South Dynon Junction near Dock Line Road - completely re-worked with new layout that links to the Dynon-Tottenham project & which provides parallel moves through the area & direct DG access from North Dynon to the Port precinct, plus associated signalling.
Construction of the so-called 'missing link' which involves duplication of the DG track betwn South Dynon Junction & new double DG lead to Appleton & Swanson Docks (the latter is currently under construction -known as DPRL - Dynon Port Rail Link) plus consequential re-working of several tracks in the PN Melbourne Operations Terminal including conversion of Shaw's Siding tracks from BG to SG.
Dual-gauging & re-signalling of W track (this is the sharply curved triangle that comes around the east side of PN's LPC).
Construction of Passing Lane 1 which involves dual gauging of the present BG goods line for 6.7km betwn McIntyre Loop & near Tullamarine Loop. This will have 80km/h turnouts each end of the SG line leading into gauge splitters on the present BG.
It also involves re-construction of the BG line with DG concrete sleepers & new 50kg/m rail. Tullamarine Loop is then removed.Broadmeadows Stn Precient
Construction of a 180m SG platform at Broadmeadows on the eastern side of the corridor, Also involves a slue of the SG main line to the east, leaving room for a future 2nd SG track betwn it & the BG Up platform.Passing Lanes
Passing Lanes 2, 3 & 4 are part of the original N-S project & are already under construction, separately to this project.
PL 2 has been severely curtailed & is now only a 900m extension of Donnybrook Loop in the Down direction.
It was originally going all the way to Wallan, then cut back to Beveridge & is now only an 1800m long loop with the existing Down end turnout simply relocated.
PL3 (starting on the Up end of Kilmore East then for continues 6.7km in the Down direction)
PL 4 (starting at the Down end of Tallarook, then continues for 6.7km in the Up direction) are well underway, with 80km/h turnouts already laid in. Broadford Loop will be removed.Seymour Stn Precient
Seymour's entire current layout gets a major re-work.
The existing SG main line gets slued into the present Up platform leading to an 80km/h turnout just past "High St Level Crossing" which is the start of the double line.
A high speed crossover betwn the two tracks 2km beyond Seymour (just beyond the old Hume Highway crossing) facing trains in the Down direction from the new West line. The SG loco siding is being extended to form an emergency runaround with 171m clear standing room, enough for an XPT or 7 car loco hauled set.
A new 160m BG platform is to be built on the present Nos. 4 & 5 roads in Seymour Yard, which will have a Down end connection to a future DMU stabling facility on the site of the old livestock yards. Whilst mainly for local trains, the new BG platform will also have access to the GV line. Obviously, considerable re-signalling is also involved.
This new layout within Seymour Stn Precient, retains complete separation (apart from the lead to the present Loco Depot & SRHC Heritage Rail Operations Depot Precient) betwn the SG & BG, thus avoids the need for any DG work. Seymour - Wodonga Track Works
The Up end of the existing SG Seymour Loop is supposed to be retained as a works siding.
Riggs Creek Loop will be temporarily converted to SG until the signalling is ready, after which it will be removed.
Longwood Loop, Benalla Loop, Glenrowan Loop, Alumatta Loop & Chiltern Loop will all be dis-established.
Violet Town Loop will be retained as a works siding.
Seymour-Wodonga BG line will be re-constructed with concrete sleepers using a track laying machine & becomes the new west line.
Most of the existing rail will be re-used. Initially it will retain Train Order working for a few months until the signalling is commissioned.
Signalling wise: Seymour-Wodonga will basically be uni-directional with 18 min average headways.
However, both lines will be signalled for limited bi-directional working with no follow-on moves & long sections, ie Seymour-Benalla, Benalla-Wangaratta & Wangaratta-Wodonga.New Stn Platforms betwn Seymour & Wodonga
New 160m long platforms will be provided alongside the existing SG line (east line) at Avenel, Euroa, Violet Town, Springhurst & Chiltern.
80km/h crossovers will be provided at each end of Benalla & Wangaratta to allow all passenger trains (including XPT)
access to the main platforms at these locations. Benalla - Oaklands Branch Line
The future of the Benalla-Oaklands line & connections into Benalla yard remain unresolved at this stage.Wodonga Bypass & Wodonga Stn Precient
Similarly to Seymour, a high speed crossover will be provided 2km on the Upside of the Wodonga bypass start (ie where the double line ends).
The Up end of Wodonga Loop will most likely be also retained as a works siding, like the Up end of the existing SG Seymour Loop, which is supposed to be retained as a works siding, possible continued access to Masterfoods siding (also not yet finally resolved).
The new bypass starts near the current Up End Wodonga Loop & will be a single SG line now all the way to the Up End Albury yard. The new Wodonga Station
will face the mainline with a 180m long platform about 1km from the start of the bypass.
Wodonga Coal sidings (SG only of course) will remain for some years with a connection to it just on the Up side of the Murray River bridge.
The current sidings will be re-worked to provide a single long road for loading of the log train which runs most days to Geelong (North Shore).
The new SG facilities at North Geelong & North Shore are due for commissioning in January 2009. The Bandiana line & container terminal there will remain open until the bypass is commissioned in mid-2010, however most of the traffic is expected to transfer in the meantime to Collin Rees new terminal at Ettamogah, construction of which started last week.Albury Stn Precient
Albury is still being resolved, however ARTC now seems to prefer constructing a new passenger stabling siding & runaround for V/Line trains just beyond the Sydney end of the platform rather than convert the present BG dock platform. This is to do with problems with the interlocking at the former Albury South Box. V/Line is agreeable to this.
Rolling-stock wise in regards to V/Line NE Services: - 3 N Class Locos & 3 x 5-car N Sets are to be converted, as previously announced.
The 3x 5-car N Sets to be converted, will be re-furbished & re-done in the new red and grey V/Line livery.Closure of the existing NE BG Line
Timing is still being resolved, but at this stage it looks like the BG will cease operating beyond Seymour on 1 November 2008, after which buses will operate all V/line Seymour-Albury Services, until V/Line resumes services betwn Seymour & Albury on the now converted & vastly upgraded line on 1 July 2009.
Schedules have been agreed betwn V/Line & Countrylink because the two services are then integrated with common fares & ticketing. Changes to future Melb. Southern Cross Stn Workings
The Overland's current timetables, will also have to change slightly to accommodate the 5 daily NE-Service Departures & Arrivals, that will use the now DG Platforms 1 & 2 at Southern Cross Stn.
The new DG trackwork & Platform 2 dual runarounds: 2C Loco Release to road 2B & 2N Centre to Road 2B, for this purpose, gets commissioned this coming Queens Birthday Wkend (June 6 - 9), together with the new SSI interlocking in No# 1 box.