2010s, the decade that was

 
  dylan Train Controller

Location: South Australia
Hi guys,
As the 2010s draw to a close I thought we could start a thread listing important railway happenings over last ten years. I’m sure there’s things that we all missed or forgot about.
My memory is a little hazy on this, but I’ll start:

Nuri railway station was demolished in 2011, if I recall correctly one of the locals tried to take GWA or SA gov to court to save it.

Also in 2011 Saddleworth station on the former Peterborough line was flattened after years of disrepair.

A slightly obscure one, but the Row Rd Bridge over the railway near Rabila was removed by the Murray Bridge Council in April 2010.

I’m sure others will have something to add, and hopefully more positive than mine!

Dyl.

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  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
Sadly, the closure of the Eyre Peninsula Railway network to grain haulage in 2019
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
Let's not forget the electrification and extension of what was the Noarlunga line (now Seaford). Also, the withdrawal of the Jumbos as the 4000s were commissioned (from 2013?).

Also the following (please note, I don't recall the exact dates precisely)

- The repainting and engine replacements in the 3000s took place up to 2019 when it was completed.
- The closure of Cheltenham Racecourse station, with St Clair replacing it.
- The demise of the Stonie in 2014, which was the last BG freight to operate in SA.
- Closure of the Rosewater loop
- The withdrawal of more 830s due to the EP network closing (with at least two being preserved).
- The appeal for the restoration of 520
- 30 minutes service frequencies commencing after hours on the Outer Harbor, Seaford, and Gawler Central lines.
- Belair stabling yard closed

And plenty more that I haven't mentioned here.
  4BJ Chief Commissioner

Location: Backside almost trackside at Hawthorn near Mitcham
Oaklands Station was demolished and rebuilt twice.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Quite a busy period for grade separations over the last ten years, certainly a higher rate per head of population than Victoria managed in the same time. I count at least 25, plus a couple which count partially.

Rail under rail: 2 (replacing Goodwood Junction and Torrens Junction flat crossings)

Rail under road: 8 (Goldsmith Dr, Old Honeypot Rd, Seaford Rd, Lynton Tce all on the Seaford Extension, Victoria St on the Goodwood Junction project, Park Tce and Gibson St on the Torrens Junction project, Morphett Rd on the Oaklands Crossing project)

Road over rail: 1.5, made up of 0.5 (Northern Expressway, counts for 0.5 as the project was started before this decade but opened in this decade!) and 1.0 (South Road Superway)

Rail over road: 1.1, made up of 1.0 (Torrens to Torrens bridge - but should it maybe count for more due to it crossing the North-South Motorway and South Road?) and 0.1 (Flinders Link, one of ten spans installed so far)

Rail over river: 2 new (Onkaparinga River bridge on the Seaford Line that also crosses River Road, additional Onkaparinga River bridge built alongside the existing one at ARTC's new Ambleside passing loop), 2 substantially rebuilt (Sturt River, Port River)

Pedestrian station access bridges: 8 opened (Elizabeth, Munno Para, Seaford, Seaford Meadows, Blackwood bridge over ARTC track only, Adelaide Showgrounds, Bowden, Oaklands), 2 closed (Marion, Keswick closed to public use with the bridge still partially intact for utilities)

Pedestrian station access underpasses: 1 opened (Marion), 1 closed (old Bowden)

Other footbridges: 2 new (Station Place bridge near the old Bowden station location, parklands footbridge halfway between Park Tce and the former Torrens Junction site)

Oaklands Station was demolished and rebuilt twice.
4BJ
The first time was in the previous decade.

Both times, the new station was built before the old one was demolished. The same could not be said for Elizabeth, where the rebuild earlier this decade (old island platform removed, new prefab station with side platforms assembled) happened during a lengthy closure of the line.

- 30 minutes service frequencies commencing after hours on the Outer Harbor, Seaford, and Gawler Central lines.
- Belair stabling yard closed
ARG706
Belair also gets 2 trains per hour in the evenings, and the stabling yard was reopened when service resumed at the end of the Goodwood Junction project, initially only used on weekends for a couple of months and then returned to nightly use..

The stabling sidings at Lonsdale, however, remain out of use.
  dylan Train Controller

Location: South Australia
In mid-2015 the last trains ran over the Loxton and Pinnaroo lines, ending 109 years of rail services to the Murraylands.

Also in April 2016 the last coal train ran from Leigh Creek to Pt Augusta, due to the closure of the coalfield and power station.

I believe Whyalla station was demolished in the decade too, it was gone by 2013.
  C2 Junior Train Controller

Spent a couple nights at Mt Barker J .mentaly good spot ..G,s on the SCT GMs on wheat trains. Grade both sides I was impressed with the volume of trains it could of been  late naughtys.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
This decade saw the most intelligent piece of railway policy ever. The cancellation of SA state funding of the Overland.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Speaking of the Overland, it would be interesting to know who uses the service on what side of the border, and who uses it over the border?

Therefore, you’d then soon know whether truncating the service at the border disadvantages one side of the border or the other?

A quick search on the net only brings up articles about the Overland and it’s possible termination etc, not a breakup of who from where uses it to where??

Ie, if the Victorian government funding this rail service turns out to be more than 50% facilitating the travel of SA residents into Vic and back, then you’d have to say it’s a silly investment UNLESS, there’s a perceived economic benefit of funding Vic residents travelling anywhere on it?

I don’t know, but the figures would be good info.

Regards
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
“The figures would be good info.”

What a silly idea - using evidence instead of emotions- that will never catch on here.

Rolling Eyes
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
The new metrocard ticketing system was rolled out across Adelaide during the last decade too.
  mawsonboii Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
Let's not forget the electrification and extension of what was the Noarlunga line (now Seaford). Also, the withdrawal of the Jumbos as the 4000s were commissioned (from 2013?).

Also the following (please note, I don't recall the exact dates precisely)

- The repainting and engine replacements in the 3000s took place up to 2019 when it was completed.
- The closure of Cheltenham Racecourse station, with St Clair replacing it.
- The demise of the Stonie in 2014, which was the last BG freight to operate in SA.
- Closure of the Rosewater loop
- The withdrawal of more 830s due to the EP network closing (with at least two being preserved).
- The appeal for the restoration of 520
- 30 minutes service frequencies commencing after hours on the Outer Harbor, Seaford, and Gawler Central lines.
- Belair stabling yard closed

And plenty more that I haven't mentioned here.
ARG706
Cheltenham Racecourse station closed long ago and St Kilda station is on the other side of Cheltenham Pde
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Cheltenham Racecourse station closed long ago and St Kilda station is on the other side of Cheltenham Pde
mawsonboii
The racecourse station was still open but not served by trains (but 'closed' by a string of orange flags) until mid 2012. Its removal was part of the same works package as the building of the new St Clair Station.

The claim that it was the replacement for the old racecourse station is 100% correct. Relocating a station to the other side of a road and renaming it is an easier legal process in SA than closing one station and opening a new one.
  mawsonboii Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
Cheltenham Racecourse station closed long ago and St Kilda station is on the other side of Cheltenham Pde
The racecourse station was still open but not served by trains (but 'closed' by a string of orange flags) until mid 2012. Its removal was part of the same works package as the building of the new St Clair Station.

The claim that it was the replacement for the old racecourse station is 100% correct. Relocating a station to the other side of a road and renaming it is an easier legal process in SA than closing one station and opening a new one.
justapassenger
Not serviced by trains means closed. call it relocation if it makes you feel happy.
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Then Cheltenham Racecourse was closed for years then if it was not serviced by trains as it was only ever open when races were held at Cheltenham Racecourse normally trains ran straight past it each way.

The later Racecourse station on the West side of Cheltenham Parade was formerly the original Cheltenham Station, but when the new Island platform station was built and placed into to service further west of this the island platform station then became Cheltenham and the former station became the  Cheltenham Racecourse station.

The original Race course station for the Cheltenham Racecourse was right were St Clair Station is right now.

  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
Cheltenham Racecourse station closed long ago and St Kilda station is on the other side of Cheltenham Pde
The racecourse station was still open but not served by trains (but 'closed' by a string of orange flags) until mid 2012. Its removal was part of the same works package as the building of the new St Clair Station.

The claim that it was the replacement for the old racecourse station is 100% correct. Relocating a station to the other side of a road and renaming it is an easier legal process in SA than closing one station and opening a new one.
justapassenger
Like Adelaide Showground Station replaced Keswick Station. The main difference being that with Keswick Station it had to be relocated because the old station wasn't going to do anything good when it was nowhere near the rails (about 1m too high).
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Same procedure will be repeated when Tonsley replaces Clovelly Park.
  mawsonboii Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
Then Cheltenham Racecourse was closed for years then if it was not serviced by trains as it was only ever open when races were held at Cheltenham Racecourse normally trains ran straight past it each way.

The later Racecourse station on the West side of Cheltenham Parade was formerly the original Cheltenham Station, but when the new Island platform station was built and placed into to service further west of this the island platform station then became Cheltenham and the former station became the  Cheltenham Racecourse station.

The original Race course station for the Cheltenham Racecourse was right were St Clair Station is right now.

DJPeters

St Claire is on the Eastern side of Cheltenham Pde. Cheltenham Race Course Station was on the Western side of Cheltenham Pde. Cheltenham Race Course closed long before the actual race track did.

The only thing you have correct is that yes it use to be the original Cheltenham station before they built the new one.


go to google maps and view street view and look at the older street view photos. you will see Cheltenham Race Course and St Claire are on opposite sides of Cheltenham Pde.

I hope these work (I took screenshots, but don't know how to upload them).

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Cheltenham Racecourse Railway Station (formerly Cheltenham Railway Station) was served by trains on race days right up to the last race day in 2009.

It remains open to this day, now relocated across the road and renamed as St Clair Railway Station and included in regular timetables.

As there is no minimum level of train service required on a railway or to a railway station in South Australia, there is no pressing need to try and sort out the mess of legislation, proclamations and court rulings associated with former railways and stations. Mucking around with the legal system often has unintended consequences, and the best way to avoid these is to leave it alone.
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Yes I know about the Cheltenham Racecourse platforms and the St Clair platforms read again what I said about them. The St Clair Station is built approx on the area of the old Cheltenham Race course station (The original one).


The newer Cheltenham Race course station was only the original Cheltenham station renamed and a newer island platform Cheltenham station was built to replace it further West.

So what did I get wrong.

In actual fact part of the original Cheltenham Racecourse station the original one did not disappear until work started on St Clair and the St Clair station as the platform face was removed years ago, but the mound of dirt and the ramp down to ground level could still be seen if you looked closely.  Indeed there was still a indent in the fence line of the actual racecourse up until that time as well to allow space for this platform which was there. I have walked through that section of railway line many times but I never took any photos of it though.
  normangerman Junior Train Controller

I vote that this debate of closure vs relocation is the stupidest debate of this new decade... so far.

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