Melbourne Steel Terminal Closure

 
  Factory_Fill Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne VIC
This occurred yesterday, anyone know anymore?


Pacific National, as the operator of the Melbourne Steel Terminal has advised that as of 5/10/2015 at 13:00 hours, this area will be permanently closed to all traffic.

In conjunction with the closure the following alterations will be carried out:

SOUTH HUMP AVOIDING TRACK The hand operated broad gauge points in advance of Dwarf Signal MYD108 will secured to lay for the South Hump avoiding track. Dwarf Signals MYD100 and MYD102 will be secured in the normal position and baulks fitted within the Steel Terminal on the approach to these signals.

REVERSING LOOP Points MYD103 will be secured in the Normal position by the Signal Maintenance Technician with locked point clips. Dwarf Signals MYD104 & MYD106 will be restricted from displaying a proceed aspect for movements towards the Steel Terminal Area. Dwarf Signal MYD230 will be secured in the Normal position. The hand operated points on the North lead that work in conjunction with Stop Board 2 will be secured to lay towards Dwarf Signal MYD104. Baulks will fitted to the Broad Gauge tracks leading towards the Steel Terminal.

CANAL AREA The Standard Gauge South Canal lead will have baulks placed at a point opposite existing Stop Board C. The Standard Gauge South lead will be retained between Stop Boards A and B and the baulks to provide for local shunting movements. Nothing is permitted to be stabled between Stop Boards A and B and the baulks. The RRL Train Controller will grant permission to pass all Stop Boards, there will be no requirement for the Train Controller to refer to the local Shunt crew prior to granting permission, and existing Stop Boards ‘A’ and ‘B’ will be updated accordingly. The Annex or Empty Returns Siding will be closed to Rail Traffic.
The hand operated broad gauge points for the Empty Returns Siding will secured to lay away from the siding.
A new signal diagram will be issued in the future.
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  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

its just relocated to south Dynon
  historian Deputy Commissioner

They certainly haven't wasted any time in lifting the tracks in the former steel terminal area.

This morning the second sg track under the mobile transfer gantries had been completely lifted, and they were working on the pair of tracks actually used for the transfer. By this afternoon, the southern end of these tracks had been lifted. It was hard to tell from the train, but it appears that the standard gauge tracks closest to Footscray Rd had also been lifted. The broad gauge tracks in the middle did not appear to have been lifted, and this morning sported a tamper and a ballast regulator. Perhaps they are staying.

The two transfer cranes were still intact.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
  wagonwatcher Beginner

Wow looks like they've really stormed through on ths project. Does this mean for sure that all the steel operations will be moved to south dynon? Will they still use the shunt tracks at canal siding?
  trainbrain Deputy Commissioner

All too gon apartment developments earmarked for this site.
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
michaelgreenhill
From what i have heard it will be a while yet would say its just a site clean up for now
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
From what i have heard it will be a while yet would say its just a site clean up for now
Bills_Billboards
Oh yes, no doubt they have to detox the soil etc. I'm still amazed that it's happening now - the skeptic in me was expecting it it was a good five-ten years away.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
From what i have heard it will be a while yet would say its just a site clean up for now
Oh yes, no doubt they have to detox the soil etc. I'm still amazed that it's happening now - the skeptic in me was expecting it it was a good five-ten years away.
michaelgreenhill
The former North Melbourne Locomotive Depot was In there, so one would assume the soil Is horribly dirty !
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
From what i have heard it will be a while yet would say its just a site clean up for now
Oh yes, no doubt they have to detox the soil etc. I'm still amazed that it's happening now - the skeptic in me was expecting it it was a good five-ten years away.
The former North Melbourne Locomotive Depot was In there, so one would assume the soil Is horribly dirty !
Nightfire
No problem we'll get Volkswagen to do it for us.
  BigTrain2015 Junior Train Controller

I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
From what i have heard it will be a while yet would say its just a site clean up for now
Bills_Billboards

But yard space in Melbourne is a real problem according to other threads where are the trains from this yard now going?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland

But yard space in Melbourne is a real problem according to other threads where are the trains from this yard now going?
BigTrain2015
South Dynon terminal

The lease had expired on the Melbourne Steel Terminal, and was not going to be renewed.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Who owns and what will happen to the Wegmann (?) car in the Cement Shed?
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Can anyone confirm if the new requirement to shunt/transfer at Dynon is causing the usual midday down service to now take the 2pm time slot?
For a while there was both a midday and a 2pm (maybe trialling the second slot?)
Now it seems to only be the 2pm.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Can anyone confirm if the new requirement to shunt/transfer at Dynon is causing the usual midday down service to now take the 2pm time slot?
For a while there was both a midday and a 2pm (maybe trialling the second slot?)
Now it seems to only be the 2pm.
steven_h

do you mean the vline service?
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Not at all, this thread is all about the yard of the long island steel train and I mean the midday down steel train.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

All of the standard gauge tracks in former steel terminal were lifted last week, together with the broad gauge transfer track. The nest of broad gauge sidings in the middle of the terminal is still intact. Work commenced this week on removing parts from the two portal cranes, but this seems to have ceased.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

They are still working hard at erasing the former steel terminal. This week they completed removal of almost all of the concrete tracks on which the cranes ran. This was no small feat - they were thick and heavily re-inforced - and removal involved concrete saws and several large machine jack hammers. Now it's hard to see any evidence of the former steel transfer area.

The only sections of concrete left are those immediately underneath the two cranes. Both cranes are still largely intact, though the crane spreader has been removed from both.

Given the effort that has gone into removal of the steel terminal, I can only assume that Bluescope was under an obligation to clear the site after the lease expired.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I'm astonished: looks like E-Gate will actually happen.
michaelgreenhill
Just what we need - MORE APARTMENTS. On top of Fisherman's Bend, Docklands... and of course the emerging concrete canyons between Southbank and the Victoria Markets.

Don't you just love living in Hong Kong.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Given the effort that has gone into removal of the steel terminal, I can only assume that Bluescope was under an obligation to clear the site after the lease expired.
historian
You could be right, although I'd offer a different suggestion - the developers are foaming at the mouth to get at the land and no expense cleaning it up to start construction will be spared! The sooner the rails are gone, the sooner they can slap together some apartments and sell them for big $$$.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Pretty close.
Bet you the rails get scrapped, and come back from China as reo for the new buildings. Just like everything else in those apartment buildings nowadays.

Regards
  historian Deputy Commissioner

The portal cranes at the old steel terminal were being dismantled today using a large mobile crane. By this afternoon one crane had been stripped of all major pieces of equipment. The legs and beam were dangling from the mobile crane while pieces were being cut up. The other crane hadn't been touched, but I'd expect it to suffer the same fate tomorrow.
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner


But yard space in Melbourne is a real problem according to other threads where are the trains from this yard now going?
South Dynon terminal

The lease had expired on the Melbourne Steel Terminal, and was not going to be renewed.
Nightfire
from what i understand they were offered an extra 5 years in the old location but had already committed to the new location
  historian Deputy Commissioner

Both cranes have been dismantled, although components such as the two cabs are still scattered about the area. The four former broad gauge tracks in the centre of the former steel terminal are still in situ.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Who owns and what will happen to the Wegmann (?) car in the Cement Shed?
YM-Mundrabilla
No idea, but it has been there for more than ten years, hasn't it?

It was a BRF sleeper lounge and became a service car.

Isn't the other BRF (90) in Aurizon's yard at Dynon painted in Murraylander colours?

And I don't know who owns it either but it got there from Tailem Bend via Goulburn NSW.

M636C

edit: Comrails entry for OWA 91

17.11.2001 Left Port Augusta for Melbourne for delivery to "Rail Experience".[cp 1.2001]
2006 Stored derelict at "ARC Brand Geelong Cement" siding.

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