Benalla - Oaklands BG branch

 
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The points for the Melbourne end of the loop at Benalla have nearly been completed, they only need to do the lever and linkage. It remains to be connected, the points at the other end of the loop have the timbers replaced, the loop requires ballasting lifting and lining then it will be all finished at Benalla (apart from the signalling which has not been started).

The only other task required to complete the project is to finish lifting and lining the main Oaklands line, this work is well in progress.

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  Burkey Station Master

The Tamper and Ballast Regulator are at Sanger today. They have made good progress and just in the nick of time too as harvest is gearing up in the area!
  ppiglet Chief Train Controller

Did the loop at Benalla get made into an 800m loop or left at just 400m?
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Did the loop at Benalla get made into an 800m loop or left at just 400m?
"ppiglet"


Loop would be around 700 metres or so long, so yes it was increased in length, Sense prevailed. The length would hold around 40 grain wagons.
I will try to get a picture next week.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Benalla,
Melbourne end points for the loop have been finished. Majority of both the main line and the loop line has been ballasted. Only one remaining track panel to be constructed and fitted on the loop for it to be finisihed. One problem though one of the yard light poles must be shifted it is almost dead centre of the loop line about 25 metres from the points. As I understand it the is the responsiblity of VLIne, They will need to be quick about it though.

Lifting and lining,
This now somewhere north of Sangar giving them around 15 kilometres to go. In the past 2 weeks they have dome around 32 to 33 kilometres so should  be finished within 5 working days.

Operational thoughts,
Currently 3 silos on the line are open and excepting grain. These are Yarrawonga, Wangamong and Oaklands. There is some evidence that strongly suggests St. James will be open shortly (the season is around 2 weeks latter down south). The season appears to regarded as good, would have been massive with a couple more rain events. AWB Oaklands is said to be expecting around 20,000 tons delivered to the silos there. The season looks somewhat better in Victoria. El Zorro will be doing AWB (that is Oaklands), it is unknown who Grain Corp is using. (Wangamong, Yarrawonga and St james).
It appears very likely that it will not be to long before trains will be on the line.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
it is unknown who Grain Corp is using. (Wangamong, Yarrawonga and St james).
It appears very likely that it will not be to long before trains will be on the line.
"woodford"


Pacific National will be servicing the Grain Corp sidings and apparently have a train waiting to go to Yarrawonga and Oaklands as soon as the line opens.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The team building the loop in Benalla have managed to solve the pole problem mentioned in my previous post in a very interesting manner. They have simply built the track around the pole, so now the pole is sitting in the middle of the track. This should not be any kind of problem though is these poles are removed by gripping them with the correct equipment and lifting them up straight out of the ground.

So it appears all the track construction is now finished. Lifting and lining to complete the job.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The team building the loop in Benalla have managed to solve the pole problem mentioned in my previous post in a very interesting manner. They have simply built the track around the pole, so now the pole is sitting in the middle of the track. This should not be any kind of problem though is these poles are removed by gripping them with the correct equipment and lifting them up straight out of the ground.
"woodford"

That could be an interesting picture.
  J516 Locomotive Driver

Location: Victoria
woodford Posted: 12 Nov 2009 18:42

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This should not be any kind of problem though is these poles are removed by gripping them with the correct equipment and lifting them up straight out of the ground.


Not an issue.
It would be just as easy to run a grain train over it! Would make an awesome video.  Twisted Evil

Cheers
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The pole was shifted early this morning before I could get a photo of it  Sad . Someone managed to light a fire under a few people it appears....... eeeerrrrr, perhaps they consider the project urgent 8) Wink

The track appears to be through to the main line now so if they could get one of the tampers that are around the area and do the yard the line  could be through to Oaklands by mid next week.

There is a high rail excavator towing a small wagon which was at Sangar the other day it appears to be cleaning up all the old sleepers and reclaiming any unused new ones. The old sleepers (or whats left of them that is) are being piled at around 1/2 kilometre intervals beside the track.

There are at least two O'Donnel and Griffen staff working in Benalla now, I wonder.............
  woodford Chief Commissioner

it is unknown who Grain Corp is using. (Wangamong, Yarrawonga and St james).
It appears very likely that it will not be to long before trains will be on the line.
"woodford"


Pacific National will be servicing the Grain Corp sidings and apparently have a train waiting to go to Yarrawonga and Oaklands as soon as the line opens.
"LowndesJ515"


I imagine this cannot be very far off now. Any one in the area with a camera could easily get some good shots in the not to distant future.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
it is unknown who Grain Corp is using. (Wangamong, Yarrawonga and St james).
It appears very likely that it will not be to long before trains will be on the line.
"woodford"


Pacific National will be servicing the Grain Corp sidings and apparently have a train waiting to go to Yarrawonga and Oaklands as soon as the line opens.
"LowndesJ515"


I imagine this cannot be very far off now. Any one in the area with a camera could easily get some good shots in the not to distant future.
"woodford"


Hmm, I'd better buy some film for next week then.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Taken for a post on the NE line to SG thread, I could not work out how to do a hot link......

Benalla, Sunday 15th of November,
A team of three workers is currently installing the control equipment on the Oakland line points on the West line at Benalla. Also noticed there is a line of around 100 mm orange conduit been placed on the ground leading from a pit up to the Melbourne end points on the loop in the yard. They originally had some manual levers to install on these points will have to wait and see...... May be just some kind of interlock wiring.

This installation is almost certainly related to the probable soon to be grain traffic on this line.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Ironic, isn't it.

The first few pages in this thread are devoted to the "will it be converted or left in isolation" question - and now, having started the conversion after the Seymour to Wodonga conversion was completed (the rail shifting part that is), it seems likely that the Oaklands line will be the first to see a revenue SG train. Sadly, being in Sydney and unable to escape my employer for the time required, I wont have a chance to see that train.

How things change!!!


As an aside, woodford , thankyou for your informative posts on both the NE and Oaklands SG conversion Projects. I think the current 412 posts and 40214 views of this thread alone are a reflection on the detail and presentation of your posts. Thanks on behalf of all those readers.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The Oaklands line conversion was always on a time bomb. The current harvest is regarded as fair to good and will probably be around 100,000 tons for the whole line. This amounts to 2500 EXTRA trips by road which was being regarded with some concern by everybody. The fact that the finish is close on the start of the harvest as far as I am concerned CAN NOT be a coincedence. All was needed was another rainfall and the crop would have overwhelmed even the rail system.
I think it would be highly likely that AWB and Graincorp are putting more than a little pressure on all concerned here.

I did a rough estimate of closed storage availble on the line some months ago. MY estimate was around 60,000 tons, 20,000 tons of which is in Yarrawonga. According to rumors there is still a reasonable amount of previous years harvest in this storage. If that is true then with the crop already comeing in they will not have much breathing space before they must run trains. Hence the urgency being seen here on the part of the works.

Unfortunately I do not live near either line so I will not be able the see when the trains start running  Sad .
  spethalcam Assistant Commissioner

Location: Pistols Tavern Yarrawonga
Riding over the golf club tonight near the channel level crossing, I noticed the sign saying "railway open"

And I sure i heard  a horn from down that way last night too!
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Riding over the golf club tonight near the channel level crossing, I noticed the sign saying "railway open"

And I sure i heard  a horn from down that way last night too!
"spethalcam"


All level crossings on this line in Benalla have "Railway Reopened" signs on them also. These signs have red writing on white background.

The track in the yard at this site still has a block on it and the yard still needs lifting and lining (At 1100 today, thursday anyway). This cannot be to far away now though. Looks as though all track construction equipment has been removed from the area.

The horn you heard would probably have been the tamper and/or ballast plough as far as I know these are currently the only active rail machines on the line.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The team building the loop in Benalla have managed to solve the pole problem mentioned in my previous post in a very interesting manner. They have simply built the track around the pole, so now the pole is sitting in the middle of the track. This should not be any kind of problem though is these poles are removed by gripping them with the correct equipment and lifting them up straight out of the ground.

So it appears all the track construction is now finished. Lifting and lining to complete the job.
"woodford"


Some years ago, a crossover at Enfield Yard was built with an OHW mast in the middle of the track. Does this provide any inspiration?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The Nationals are now pushing for further standardisation.

http://www.railpage.com.au/news-7513.htm

It would also appear that AWB are acquiring additional wagons for grain work in NSW and VIC.  El Zorro to get the work.  

http://www.railpage.com.au/news-7514.htm

So what trains will PN be running on the Oaklands line?

Regards
Brian
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria


So what trains will PN be running on the Oaklands line?

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


Grain Trains for Graincorp which has sidings at St James, Yarrawonga, Sangar and Oaklands.

AWB is only at Oaklands.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The tamper has arrived in to the yard at Benalla. It is currently parked up near the old stock loading race. One I believe can safely assume lifting and lining of the main line has been finished.
I assume doing the yard in Benalla will start on the next working day. The only other thing that needs to be done is the linkage and locking for the points at the start of the loop.

It would be real nice to know when they will run the first train..............
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
it would be nice. perhaps they know many of us lot will be up there to observe it when it does happen.

Been reported elsewhere that a couple of SG XR class loco's have gone to Portland to get some wagons that where stored there. may pay to keep an eye on where they end up from there. North East perhaps?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Been reported elsewhere that a couple of SG XR class loco's have gone to Portland to get some wagons that where stored there. may pay to keep an eye on where they end up from there. North East perhaps?
"Galron"


Is this movemnt planned or has it already happerned?

Why are PN so interested in this traffic now?  I thought they weren't interested in grain in Vic or anywhere else for that matter?

Regards
Brian
  Fireman Dave Chief Commissioner

Location: Shh, I'm hiding

Been reported elsewhere that a couple of SG XR class loco's have gone to Portland to get some wagons that where stored there. may pay to keep an eye on where they end up from there. North East perhaps?
"Galron"


Is this movemnt planned or has it already happerned?

Why are PN so interested in this traffic now?  I thought they weren't interested in grain in Vic or anywhere else for that matter?

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


Just goes to show you shouldn't believe everything you hear (not having a go at you either Brian). PN are interested in anything that's worth doing.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The ballast plough arrived in the Yard in Benalla from Oaklands around morning tea time. Maintenence work was being done on the sensor wiring of the Tamper which was parked near the points to the main line.

The linkage has been done on the points at the start of the loop, so all that is left is to do the yard.

El Zorro spokesman I talked to implied there would be little trouble getting enough SG grain wagons to move what was required, He said the problem with wagon supply was with BG.

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