Activity around Mitcham

 
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Road users will finally see the Mitcham Road bridge in an almost completed state, following a weekend closure of the road for bridgeworks.

Late last week the road looked like this, as it dropped down to cross the railway tracks. You can see the pedestrian walking quite high above the road:
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This morning the dip had disappeared, and later there were indication that the markings for the designed five lanes across the bridge were about to be painted:

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No particular railway interest, but it is all part of the project...

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  mk4c Station Master

Looks like there is another weekend of resurfacing to go. There are temporary lane markings and the surface is quite obviously not finished although not far off. There is still a bit of a lip at each end where old meets new but one more layer should see a nice smooth surface from one end to the other.
  garethsh Junior Train Controller

... and I stand corrected.

There are now 5 lanes: 2 north, 2 south (again) plus the southbound right turn in to Calcutta.

Now instead of the boom gates we have to deal with the traffic lights stopping traffic all the time.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

... and I stand corrected.

There are now 5 lanes: 2 north, 2 south (again) plus the southbound right turn in to Calcutta.

Now instead of the boom gates we have to deal with the traffic lights stopping traffic all the time.
"garethsh"

The five lanes was always planned. I agree about the traffic lights - they show red to Mitcham Rd traffic far more often than the booms were down, although for less time (especially for down trains). It would be interesting to compare the total amount of "red" time now with "down" time then.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

It looks as though the portion of the car park facing Colombo Street is almost ready to be sealed. Gutters are in place, lighting installed, and they appear to be putting the finishing touches on rolling the base. Given how quickly the Brunswick Rd carpark was finished off, this carpark might even be ready for Monday. The carpark along Barkly Terrace (behind the pub) is still having piles of dirt moved around.
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
It's official, Mitcham has just got a new type of Myki barriers, sadly they are even easier to vandalize and disable.
  Damn Locomotive Fireman

Just heard a diesel loco roll through Blackburn heading towards Mitcham.

A rare sound listening to V12 or V16 echo throughout the valley!  

Picking up spare equipment from Mitcham?  Signalling works?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Just heard a diesel loco roll through Blackburn heading towards Mitcham.

A rare sound listening to V12 or V16 echo throughout the valley!

Picking up spare equipment from Mitcham? Signalling works?
Damn

It's a Metro works train - a pair of T class locos delivering life-expired rail to the Lilydale station yards.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Still plenty of life-expired rail to go...

Ringwood station, multiple short sections replaced over the last 60 years "when necessary", wooden sleepers on track through platforms 2 and 3, squeaky rails on down end of platform 2 which move up and down when a train passes over it.
EastLink - Heatherdale, 1950s track (1952 can clearly be seen on the down rails opposite the car park), concrete sleepers recently added.
Heatherdale - Mitcham, 1950s track (the rails at Heatherdale station are from the 1980s however).
Mitcham - Nunawading between grade separations, 1950s track and wooden sleepers.
Nunawading - Blackburn, wooden sleepers right up to the Laburnum curves, the exception being the Blackburn Rd level crossing.
Laburnum - Box Hill between grade separations.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
It's a Metro works train - a pair of T class locos delivering life-expired rail to the Lilydale station yards.
LancedDendrite

The rail is for the YVTR - not for running rail (it is, after all, life expired), but for bridge decking on their newly rebuilt bridges.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
The rail is for the YVTR - not for running rail (it is, after all, life expired), but for bridge decking on their newly rebuilt bridges.
Lad_Porter

And a bunch of very handsome-looking rail deck bridges they will (soon) be!

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