The full list of works for the three week OH/Grange shutdown is:
- a $4 million upgrade of the Port River Rail Bridge (originally built in 1910), replacing the existing steel bridge spans with 20 spans made from Australian steel, which is expected to extend the life of the bridge by approximately 75 years
- replacement of track on the Grange line between Woodville station and Port Road
- essential maintenance works on rail level crossings at
Harris Street, Exeter
Hargrave Street, Birkenhead
Gedville Road, Taper
- station upgrades at
as well as continuation of upgrade works at Albert Park
- early works for the Torrens Junction rail project
- signal and power cable replacement at various locations
- vegetation and weed control activities
- switch timber replacements at Glanville Station
- Railcare art works at a number of locations
- essential preventative maintenance and inspection activities.
This almost looks like the revival of the archaic practice of coordinated maintenance which was so glaringly absent from the Seaford Line fiasco, well done DPTI.
My understanding was that Portlink had been shelved indefinitely and that the heavy rail would be staying for the time being; I thought the decision had been made to shelve it at the same time as they decided West Lakes stadium redevelopment wasn't going ahead any longer (therefore the light rail line from Woodville wouldn't be needed).
Mike Rann getting kicked out of parliament was the final nail in the PortLink tram concept coffin.
You're both thinking of the old Coast to Coast Light Rail 'proposal' which was a stunt for the 2010 state election. Along with the suggested conversion of the 3000/3100 class to 25kV EMUs and switching to standard gauge, it was killed off as soon as the ALP won the election (well before Rann's defenestration at the hands of the faceless men) because it had served its purpose.
The wider AdeLink (including PortLink) 'proposal' has sprung up more recently and will need to be killed off once again, and there have been public spin sessions held in recent months. The extensions down to the east end of North Terrace and through North Adelaide are the only parts I see as being a strong chance of actually happening, while I rate PortLink as a slim outside chance purely because John Rau's mates would love to get their hands on the land occupied by the rail corridor in central Port Adelaide and on the opposite side of the Port River.
I don't rate the Unley Road tram line as realistic, but a tram line heading east of the city to the east could be a realistic possibility if the rumours of 2017 being the last Clipsal 500 (interest is falling, and the current Minister for Sport hates it) turn out to be true. Future motorsport involvement from the state government is likely to be contained to subsidising events at the new Shahin family facility outside Tailem Bend.
On a different topic altogether, DPTI released the reports into the Lonsdale substation explosion which brought the Seaford line to a halt for two days in April this year. Read whatever you want out of them timing the release for the last business day before Christmas…
Lonsdale Circuit Breaker Investigation
23 Dec 2016
On 28 April 2016, Adelaide Metro lost power from the Lonsdale feeder station, shutting down electric services on the Seaford and Tonsley lines.
An electrical fault occurred inside the chamber of a circuit breaker, resulting in extensive damage to the circuit breaker.
Internal and external investigations were conducted.
An interim report by SAFEgroup, an independent report by Consolidated Power Projects and a Rail Incident Report by the Rail Commissioner, have concluded that the introduction of a contaminant during manufacture or commissioning of the circuit breaker was the most likely cause of the fault.
The type of fault was the first recorded of its kind and is considered a singular event. As this type of fault had never been detected before, the circuit breaker needed to be sent to Grenoble, France for analysis.
A new circuit breaker has now been installed and is fully operational. A number of other improvements have also been made to reduce the probability of this type of incident occurring again.
Consolidated Power Projects - Review of 66kV Primary and Secondary Plant at Lonsdale (PDF, 23526 KB)
Interim Investigation Report of 66KV Circuit Breaker Incident (PDF, 4876 KB)
Rail Incident Report - Circuit Breaker Failure - Lonsdale (PDF, 6183 KB)