Melbourne Level Crossings - Mechanical Bells 2021

 
  VR_rail001 Beginner

Anyone have a current list of level crossings within the Melbourne Suburban network that still have mechanical bells be it one bell or all.
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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
For the benefit of the geriatrics like my goodself, what other types are there?
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

Mechanical bells are the original type most if not all have been replaced by electronic sound bells
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
For the benefit of the geriatrics like my goodself, what other types are there?
Valvegear
There are now 'synthetic' (electronic) bells as the mechanical ones made a noise and annoyed the NIMBYs. Bit like the non or diminished use of detonators these days.
Probably only a few lives .................. Crying or Very sad
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The electronic sound emitters used in SA are great.

They are louder up close to the crossing than mechanical bells, but frequencies which carry further are filtered out so they are quieter once you're away from the crossing.

Further to that, the sound can be directed such that the majority travels along the direction of the road(s) and less spills outside of the road corridor.

The biggest advantage is that the new LED+sound units can self-report a wrong side failure.

Louder where the sound is needed, quieter where it's not, and safer. Got to love a win-win-win scenario.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

Try...

Keon Pde, Keon Park
Macaulay Rd, Macaulay
Watsons Rd, Diggers Rest
Kernot St, Spotswood
Hudson Rd, Spotswood
Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
Allendale Rd, Diamond Ck
Hurstbridge Rd, Diamond Ck
Bedford Rd, Ringwood
Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong
South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong
Burnt Rd, Beaconsfield
Officers Rd, Officer
Racecourse Rd, Pakenham
Camms Rd, Cranbourne
Greens Rd, Dandenong


No guarantees that any of these are still bells, of course. And I may have missed a few.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I believe other examples of mechanical bells would be those on the Puffing Billy Railway level crossings. I do know that some or all were deliberately muffled to avoid disturbing residents when Night Trains were running.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I believe other examples of mechanical bells would be those on the Puffing Billy Railway level crossings. I do know that some or all were deliberately muffled to avoid disturbing residents when Night Trains were running.
Valvegear
Oh dear, how sad, never mind, too bad  ..........
  historian Deputy Commissioner

I believe other examples of mechanical bells would be those on the Puffing Billy Railway level crossings. I do know that some or all were deliberately muffled to avoid disturbing residents when Night Trains were running.
Valvegear

Indeed, AFAIK they all are mechanical bells.

But the original question was specifically about the Melbourne suburban network. I stretched a point to include the Newport - Sunshine loop line.

There would be more mechanical bells outside the suburban network - there are quite a few on the Stony Point line, for example.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Indeed, AFAIK they all are mechanical bells.

But the original question was specifically about the Melbourne suburban network. I stretched a point to include the Newport - Sunshine loop line.
"historian"
Oh, certainly understood. I just threw PBR in there as an "optional extra" so to speak.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
It seems all the remaining mechanical bells are Westinghouse hybrids. How close the the pitch of these bells to the musical note G in some octave?

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