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« on: May 19, 2015, 06:12:27 PM »
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VITERRA will transition from rail haulage to road transport for moving grain from the Mallee region from August 1.

Viterra's group commercial manager Andrew Hannon said the decision to move from rail to road transport provides the most efficient and cost effective supply chain for Mallee graingrowers.

"The grain supply chain must be efficient and cost effective to provide growers with the best opportunity to reach domestic and international markets and road freight is the most cost competitive option for growers in the Mallee region," he said.

Viterra is currently the only user of the two Mallee rail lines, averaging one train per week on each line.

Last year, Viterra extended the existing rail agreement with Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) by an additional 12 months. This extra time was necessary for Viterra, GWA and the State Government to explore all options to continue using rail freight at the Loxton, Pinnaroo, Lameroo and Karoonda sites.

Mr Hannon said Viterra would continue to work closely with Strategic Site Committee chairs in the region as the industry continued to plan operations for the coming harvest.

"The Mallee is a key region for grain production and an important, strategic part of the Viterra business," he said.

"We want to assure Mallee growers that all the services we provide at our Mallee receival sites will be maintained with the transition to road or a road and rail combination for grain being moved to port."

Viterra said it remained committed to providing growers with an efficient storage and handling network that meets both their needs and the needs of export customers to ensure SA grain remains internationally competitive.

Viterra will continue to move grain on the Mallee rail line until the end of July 2015 when the agreement expires.

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 07:52:36 PM »
Disgraceful. If Truss were serious about country voters he would cough some money up for infrastructure improvements for grain lines. Some of it is atrocious.

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 09:43:52 AM »
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Andrew Lund ‏@andrew_lund 11 minutes ago

Govt will spend $416 million to standardise rail line between Geelong and Mildura @9NewsMelb

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State govt gives the green light to Murray Basin rail project. Hopes to shift more freight onto trains @9NewsMelb

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 09:46:35 AM »
^ I think one of the mighty R's might have to be converted to standard gauge at this rate ...  :o   :lo

(R's were built with future standard gauge conversion in mind b.t.w)

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2015, 10:25:06 AM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/labor-government-backs-full-murray-basin-rail-project

Labor Government Backs Full Murray Basin Rail Project

Monday 17 August 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today committed to the biggest upgrade to regional rail freight in decades – the full Murray Basin Rail Project – which will standardise and upgrade the entire Murray Basin rail network.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, and Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, in Maryborough to back the $416 million Murray Basin Rail Project, which will boost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight services in Northern Victoria and better connect primary producers to the State’s major ports.

Under the Labor Government’s comprehensive plan, lines from Geelong to Mildura, Manangatang, Sea Lake and Murrayville will be standardised, and the existing unused standard gauge connection between Maryborough and Ararat will be reopened.

This will fix the missing links in our freight network and connect regional Victoria to the ports of Portland, Geelong and Melbourne, as well as improving freight connections to southern New South Wales and South Australia.

Enhanced connections to the Port of Melbourne during the 50 year lease term will provide even more certainty to the supply chain and stevedores.

Axle loading on Murray Basin freight lines will be increased to 21 tonnes, allowing larger trains to carry more product with each trip.  By enabling more freight to be moved by rail, the project will increase the efficiency of the freight network, remove around 20,000 truck trips to the ports each year and keep our export industries competitive.

The Government’s commitment to The Murray Basin Rail Project is in addition to the new $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund that will drive economic growth, create jobs and boost exports from paddock to port.

The Labor Government has already provided up to $220 million in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget for the project, with $5 million fast-tracked in February to get work started on critical maintenance and safety works.

Major works are expected to commence in the second half of 2016 and 270 jobs will be created during construction.

The Andrews Labor Government has written to Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, asking the Abbott Government to partner with Victoria in funding this project of critical importance to the Victorian and Australian freight network. The business case, which was also released today, has been sent to Infrastructure Australia for their assessment.

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“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to the full Murray Basin Rail Project, which will boost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight services and better connect primary producers to the State’s major ports.”

“This is good for farmers, their families and our economy, and we’re calling on the Abbott Government to step up and contribute to this critical project.”

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“Standardising the Murray Basin rail network, and increasing the loads it can carry, will allow primary producers to get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“Food and fibre are the future of our economy. By supporting our farmers to get their goods to market faster, we’re boosting exports and making sure we stay ahead of the game.”
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2015, 11:04:08 AM »
Contrast between Vic and Qld could not be more marked hey?

I think if I win lotto tonight, not really a hard decision to make it is it?
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2015, 03:08:06 PM »
Mildura Rural City Council --> Council welcomes full commitment to Murray Basin Rail project
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2015, 06:02:08 PM »
This is fantastic news for the region. The rail line in the region has been neglected for some time. Incredibly, some visionary person had all the level crossings along those lines converted to dual-gauge some time ago, making this project much cheaper. I would like some more detail though on whether trains will have to go via Ararat and the reactivated link to Maryborough or can go via Ballarat. I suspect the former for cost factors and the impact on passenger train services.

I find it odd though that the government has committed to funding before IA have assessed it. Surely this announcement is premature. What if IA recommends against it? They certainly have been pressured to greenlight it now.

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2015, 06:42:06 PM »
Murray Basin Rail Project  --> http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/freight/murray-basin-rail-project

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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2015, 10:04:11 PM »
Thanks ozbob: that has answered my question. The line from Geelong to Maryborough via Ballarat is to be converted to dual gauge. Good on them for having the guts to do it: the route to Geelong and Melbourne via Ararat would have been significantly longer and hurt the viability of the standardised lines. Interestingly the existing DG Maryborough to Dunolly section is slated to be standardised.

Once this project is done it would be great to see the link from Mildura to the Sydney-Perth line built.

It is such a disappointment that the SG Pinnaroo line in SA will/has close/d this year (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinnaroo_railway_line,_South_Australia). The soon-to-be-standardised line to Murrayville used to run there and it would open up Adelaide as a port for the region as well.

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2015, 11:24:58 AM »
ABC Rural --> Victorian rail project faces 'major issues' before it gets federal funding

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The Federal Government says "major issues" need to be addressed before it decides whether to contribute $200 million to a Victorian rail upgrade project.

The Victorian Government has committed to standardising rail lines in the state's north-west so that they are all the same gauge, which will get more grain on to trains instead of being transported on road.

It says upgrading the rail network will remove 20,000 truck trips to the port each year and relieve pressure on the road network.

The total cost of the project is $416 million, with the State Government having put aside $220 million for the project already.

Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan is calling on the Federal Government to fund the remainder of the project.

However, in a statement, Federal Infrastructure Minster Warren Truss said this rail line was not part of the ARTC network so it would normally be a state-only responsibility.

"This, along with Victoria's infrastructure programme being in limbo since the Andrews Government aborted the East West Link, will be major issues to work through in considering this request," Mr Truss said.

The statement went to say that the proposal would be considered "in line with normal review processes".

Ms Allan said she was hopeful the money would come through, but even if it did not, the project would go ahead.

"Once we have a response from the Commonwealth, we'll look at future forward funding projections, and the Premier indicated very clearly when he was announcing this in Maryborough last week, that we will deliver this project," she said.

"It's just going to take longer if the Commonwealth won't partner with us."
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2015, 03:19:11 PM »
"This, along with Victoria's infrastructure programme being in limbo since the Andrews Government aborted the East West Link, will be major issues to work through in considering this request," Mr Truss said.

Did Truss just admit that the Commonwealth would withhold funding to spite Andrews over the East-West Link?

First the government claims they have no stake in urban rail. So then here comes a project that is country rail. Still no funding forthcoming. The government are just anti-rail full stop. If this was a road upgrade I bet there would be money committed by now, with no business case or scrutiny.

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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2015, 04:00:12 PM »
"This, along with Victoria's infrastructure programme being in limbo since the Andrews Government aborted the East West Link, will be major issues to work through in considering this request," Mr Truss said.

Did Truss just admit that the Commonwealth would withhold funding to spite Andrews over the East-West Link?

First the government claims they have no stake in urban rail. So then here comes a project that is country rail. Still no funding forthcoming. The government are just anti-rail full stop. If this was a road upgrade I bet there would be money committed by now, with no business case or scrutiny.

I believe Abbott was quoted as "anti Public Transport/anti Passenger Rail" in general, saying that's a 'responsibility of the states'. 

The current fed government are more than happy to fund freight/coal rail, but not passenger rail per Abbott's "PT is a responsibility of the states" quote.
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2015, 04:24:25 PM »
The current fed government are more than happy to fund freight/coal rail, but not passenger rail per Abbott's "PT is a responsibility of the states" quote.

I do not think that they are happy to fund freight. This is a freight project: no passenger trains use the lines to be converted. In fact it will most likely make the long-proposed return of passenger rail to Mildura more difficult as standard gauge rollingstock does not exist and the route via Geelong is indirect compared to the broad gauge Ballarat line. IMHO this is evidence that the government is anti-rail and will only support it if it connects to a coal mine. Even the Inland Rail Link, which the Nats love, has not progressed much since the last election. It is an election commitment next year at best.

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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2015, 04:26:09 PM »
Every day is a day closer to the day Abbott packs up his ' knitting ' and heads off on a great road trip to retirement ... bye Tony!!

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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2015, 10:24:01 PM »
Every day is a day closer to the day Abbott packs up his ' knitting ' and heads off on a great road trip to retirement ... bye Tony!!

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I watch the Canning by-election with bated breath. A new leader in the wake of it could make a big difference for the next election. Especially with the media onside.

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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2016, 04:34:34 PM »
Rail Express --> Progress made on Murray Basin project

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Port users are expected to be some of the major beneficiaries of a major rail project in Victoria.

New sleepers are being installed between Maryborough and Mildura as part of the Victorian Government’s $416m Murray Basin Rail Project (MBRP).

Agriculture and regional development minister Jaala Pulford welcomed the works and renewed calls for the Commonwealth to join their state counterparts in supporting the project.

The MBRP is to upgrade and standardise the entire Murray Basin freight network and better link farmers to the ports in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne.

Broad gauge sleepers being laid in Maryborough right now are to make the main freight line safer and more reliable straight away, paving the way for the next phase of the project.

Because the sleepers are wooden, they can be easily changed to standard gauge, reducing the time the Mildura line will be closed during stage two of the project.

All-in-all, 100,000 sleepers are to be laid between Maryborough and Mildura, of which nearly 30,000 have already been installed.

The State Government has put $220m toward the MBRP – more than half the estimated project cost.

Ms Pulford said the sleepers would improve freight safety and reliability.

“The Murray Basin Rail Project will enable primary producers across North Western Victoria to get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Andrews Labor Government has put $220 million towards this project, and is calling again on the Federal Government to pay their fair share.”

This article originally appeared in Rail Express affiliate publication Lloyd’s List Australia.
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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2016, 02:59:20 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2016, 04:00:56 PM »
Sunraysia Daily -->  Railway works on track

Dual gauge track being installed on level crossings in Mildura
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2016, 11:06:33 AM »
iseekplant --> Major Construction for Murray Basin Rail Project due to Begin Later this year

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The multi-phased Murray Basin Rail project aims to standardise freight rail between Geelong and Mildura and also improve infrastructure for rail transport in the region.

The Murray Basin Rail project will be creating approximately 276 jobs in construction and will be completed in four stages.

Initiated in February last year, the Murray Basin Rail project will include significant upgrades to the rail freight network in Victoria in order to increase freight capacity.

The Federal Government matched the Victorian Government’s $220 million commitment for the project, which should increase the capacity for grain on the Victorian rail network by a huge 311,000 tonnes each year.

Stage one began in February 2015 and included essential maintenance works, along with 3,400 metres of rail and 130,000 sleepers on the Mildura freight line between Maryborough and Yelta.
 Andrew Broad is the Federal Member for Mallee, and he said that the network upgrade will reduce rail freight costs for producers and he wants the Mildura line to have a 24-hour turn around.

“There’s been a real dearth of investment in rail freight for a very long time,” he said, and made it clear that the announcement for funding wasn’t just an election year stunt. Instead, the funding came from money that was going to be used for the East-West project.

National MP Darren Chester said that he’s also open to potentially adding to the Murray Basin Rail Project and reinstating passenger rail as it would equal greater value for money.

The line from Gheringap through Ballarat and to Maryborough will be converted to dual-gauge, while many others will be converted to standard-gauge, including Maryborough to Mildura and Yelta and Sea Lake to Korong Vale.

The current mix of both broad and narrow gauge freight lines create massive inefficiencies and make it difficult for grains to be delivered to the ports. Standardising the lines and lifting their capacity (allowing them to carry heavier trains) will mean that hauling grain will cost less and it will also be more efficient.

Major construction is due to begin in the second half of 2016 and should be completed by late 2018.
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2016, 10:29:30 AM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/transforming-the-murray-basin-rail-network/

Transforming The Murray Basin Rail Network

Minister for Public Transport 5 September 2016

The transformation of the Murray Basin rail freight network is on track to revitalise regional Victoria’s rail freight network.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Maryborough today and announced the completion of stage one works and the beginning of consultation for stage two.

The $40 million stage one works have delivered vital upgrades to the Mildura and Hopetoun rail line, installing more than 175,000 sleepers and replacing 3400 metres of rail.

Stage two of the project involves gauge conversion of the rail lines between Yelta and Maryborough and also between Ouyen and Murrayville. The works will include upgrading and re-opening the Maryborough to Ararat rail line which has been closed for more than a decade.

Stage two works also include increasing axle loading on these lines from 19 to 21 tonnes enabling the freight industry to deliver exports to Victoria’s ports in more efficient and cost-competitive way.

The reopening of this line will provide a rail connection for freight to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s interstate line at Ararat, and open up rail connections to the Port of Portland.

A number of level crossings along the Maryborough to Ararat line will be closed as a critical safety measure. Each crossing will be individually assessed against safety criteria.

Consultation will commence in the coming weeks to ensure local councils, land owners and surrounding communities are informed about these works.

A project office will be established at the Maryborough railway station to enable local residents and businesses to conveniently access members of the project team.

Vegetation removal on the Maryborough to Ararat line will commence shortly, enabling the construction works to begin in July 2017.

From August 2017, the Maryborough to Yelta and Ouyen to Murrayville rail lines will be shut for five months to transform and standardise these corridors.

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the freight industry to minimise the impacts to industry as part of the projects line closures while these vital upgrade works are carried out.

The timing of stages 3 and 4 will be dependent on Commonwealth Government funding being confirmed.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with transforming Victoria’s rail freight network.”

“We’re boosting capacity, safety and reliability of freight services in regional Victoria so we can meet the future growth of the region.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“This is a milestone moment and will help primary producers across North Western Victoria get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy.”
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Rail Express --> Consultation begins on Maryborough-Ararat reopening

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Consultation with local communities about the potential re-opening of Victoria’s Maryborough to Ararat railway line has begun.

Disused for over a decade, the Andrews Labor Government plans to reopen the line as part of a “massive upgrade” of the freight network in the state’s north-west.

The Government said more than 100 level crossings on the line have been individually assessed for safety, traffic volume and the potential availability of alternate routes nearby.

Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said such factors will be considered along with feedback from residents and other stakeholders, to help determine which crossings will be closed or upgraded to keep motorists and local communities safe when trains return.

“This is an important step in this critical project, which will allow primary producers to get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy,” the minister said.

“Reopening the line will be a big change for people between Maryborough and Ararat, and we will be working closely with them.”

Land owners along the rail line will receive letters this week detailing the outcome of the assessments of crossings on their property, and inviting them to meet with the project team.

Community consultation will begin in November, after the completion of a local government election caretaker period.

The Maryborough to Ararat rail line reopening is part of the Murray Basin Rail Project, which aims to standardise the entire region’s freight network and increase the loads it can carry, allowing larger trains to move more product with every trip.
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Passenger train at Ararat c. 1957 Dd locomotive



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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2016, 03:20:10 PM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/murray-basin-freight-rail-project-steams-ahead/

Murray Basin Freight Rail Project Steams Ahead

Minister for Public Transport 16 December 2016

The Australian and Victorian governments are delivering the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan today released the tender for stages two and three of the project, which will standardise and upgrade the entire Murray Basin freight rail network.

Mr Chester said the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project would boost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight services in north-west Victoria.

“This project is economically crucial to better connect primary producers to Victoria’s major ports,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting farmers, their families and our regional economy through investment in much-needed regional transport infrastructure projects such as the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project.”

Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan said the project was great news for regional Victoria.

“This vital project will allow our primary producers to get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy,” Ms Allan said.

“It’s good for farmers and their families, and we’re not wasting a moment getting it to market and getting it done.”

Stage one of the project, completed earlier this year, upgraded the Mildura line with the installation of sleepers and the replacement of rail.

The second stage released to market today will standardise the track between Yelta and Maryborough which will increase axle loading and allow heavier trains carrying more product with each trip to market.

The Maryborough to Ararat line will also be upgraded and re-opened as part of stage two, providing a key freight connection to the Port of Portland from north west Victoria and interstate.

Stage three of the project – also released to market today – will standardise the gauge and increase axle loading on the Manangatang and Sea Lake lines.

Complementary works funded by the Victorian Government include completion of sleeper and rail upgrades on the Hopetoun Line and as part of the tender for Stage two works, standardisation of the Ouyen to Murrayville line.

The $440 million Murray Basin Freight Rail Project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments, with both contributing up to $220 million.

The tender for stages two and three closes in early February 2017. For further details, visit www.tenders.vic.gov.au
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Railway Gazette --> Murray Basin gauge conversion contract awarded

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AUSTRALIA: A contract for regauging and upgrading more than 1 000 route-km of railway serving the Murray Basin region was announced on June 26 by Federal Minister for Infrastructure & Transport Darren Chester and Victoria’s Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan.

A joint venture of McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail has been selected as the winning bidder for stages 2, 3 and 4 of the A$440m Murray Basin Rail Project, which is being jointly funded by the national and state governments.

A five-month blockade starting in August will see the lines from Maryborough to Mildura and Murrayville converted from 1 600 to 1 435 mm gauge. The Sea Lake and Manangatang branches will remain open as an alternative route, before being converted during a second blockade from March 2018.

Axleloads will be increased from 19 to 21 tonnes on all routes apart from the Ouyen – Murrayville branch. The mothballed 87 km standard gauge line between Maryborough and Ararat will also be reopened to provide a direct link between the Murray Basin and the port of Portland.

The upgrade is expected to allow a greater proportion of Murray Basin exports to reach the ports of Portland, Geelong and Melbourne by rail. ‘There will be huge benefits to the Australian economy, with the project supporting an increase in competition between the three ports and operators of freight trains and increasing export volumes to overseas markets’, said Chester. Donnellan added that ‘this project will create more than 400 jobs at peak construction, with at least 15% of the workforce being recruited from the Murray Basin region.’

The contractors are expected to establish their project office in Maryborough, with work sites located in Ararat, Ballarat, Dunolly, Ouyen and Mildura.

The first stage of the programme was completed in 2016, with the installation of 175 000 sleepers and 3400 m of new rail on the Mildura and Hopetoun lines.
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Weekly Times --> Murray basin and Tocumwal rail freight network in poor condition, review finds

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MANY parts of Victoria’s Murray basin and Tocumwal rail freight network are in poor condition and should be subject to major speed restrictions and even stoppages during hot weather, two independent reviews have found.

Earlier this month V/Line bowed to industry pressure and promised not to halt trains when temperatures exceed 33C this summer.

But a V/Line commissioned review of the Korong Vale to Manangatang track, by Queensland’s Centre for Railway Engineering, has recommended that all trains on the section “would be stopped at 35.9°C, until a corrective action can be undertaken to improve the track condition”.

The review found many parts of the track were still in poor condition, despite V/Line maintenance on the Manangatang and Sea Lake lines, and some sections were in the same condition as last summer.

The Queensland team also found:

 A LACK of ballast and a number of ineffective sleepers had added to track instability.

NEW culverts were not consistently built with wing walls or a head wall to retain ballast.

SAND covered the sleepers and anchors, making it impossible to assess the underlying track condition.

RAIL anchors had moved sleepers causing them to be bunched together and skewed.

A separate review of the Mildura and Tocumwal lines by Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology found the dominant problem was faults in the track gauge.

“Extreme tight gauge are a concern and can cause significant issues, such as increased risk of internal defect development, increased wear,” the Monash team reported.

“However the current speed of 30km/h is considered sufficient to control adverse dynamics (on these sections).”

Farmers and freight operators condemned V/Line’s decision to restrict and halt trains during last summer’s harvest.

But the reports appear to justify V/Line’s decision, given the risk of derailment.

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said a start had been made on the review’s recommendations and more upgrades were on the way so farmers and operators could move more freight by rail.
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Re: Mallee - Murray Basin rail
« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2018, 05:59:23 PM »
https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/959697095715270657
Half baked projects, have long term consequences ...
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