Warragul Rail Precinct Upgrade

 
  bartaxr8 Junior Train Controller

If anybody would like to get some photos of Warragul yard in its current configuration, they better make sure they do it before the end of the year. A new carpark, relocation of the goods shed and a new road underpass are due to be started by the end of the year. The carpark will cover most of the unused sidings, according to the map:

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadProjects/RegionalVictoriaRoadProjects/Warragul+Rail+Precinct.htm

I suppose it is about time, the current carpark is very small and fills up quite early.

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  tom9876543 Train Controller

Its a long time since I've been to Warragul.....
But I think the road is only 2 or 3 metres below the level of the train line, where they are proposing to build the road underpass.
What will be the height clearance on this new road underpass?

They better put in those protective beams to make sure any morons with over-height vehicles hit the beams and not the actual bridge.
  mickamious Junior Train Controller

I priced up some works for a new depot to happen out there but at this stage PTV is waiting for $$
  grime Station Master

From the Vicroads website:
WEEKEND RAIL CLOSURE WORKS 23 TO 26 MAY 2014

From Friday 23 to Monday 26 May, a rail line closure or ‘occupation’ will be in place. Buses will replace trains during this time so that we can safely complete work that is not possible while trains are running.

Work will commence on the new road underpass with the construction of the rail bridge. The new steel truss bridge for the pedestrian overpass at the station will also be installed.

What you will see
Thursday and Friday (During the day)

Delivery of plant and machinery to site via Queen Street
Delivery of a 450 tonne crane to site, near the V/Line Rail Depot
Unloading of all pre cast underpass bridge components with a 450 tonne crane ready for installation during the closure
Friday (Night)

Trains shutdown
Disconnecting track circuits
Cutting and removing track panels with excavators, loaders and small cranes
Earthmoving for the new underpass bridge with excavators and haulage trucks

Saturday (During the day)

Driving steel tube piles into the ground for the new underpass bridge

Saturday (Night)
Installing pre cast bridge supports, deck planks and approach slabs with a 450 tonne crane

Sunday (During the day)

Replacing the track bed using loaders, excavators, rollers, a grader and a special hi-rail tamping machine
Welding the track back together
Transporting of the pedestrian bridge structure to site via heavy vehicle
Installing the pedestrian bridge structure with a 450 tonne crane

Sunday (Night)

Reconnecting the track circuits, testing and commissioning them

Monday (Morning)

Trains back in service

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadProjects/RegionalVictoriaRoadProjects/Warragul+Rail+Precinct.htm
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Seems to be a very ambitious Timetable.

I look forward to seeing photos of the result.
  bartaxr8 Junior Train Controller

Went down and took some photos today.

Down side of Warragul station, looking up, with the relocated goods shed and Thiess compound in the background:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0743_zps7d05e741.jpg[/img]

This is what I assume to be the remains of the branch line to Noojee, which will no doubt be gone when the road underpass is finished:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0744_zps9e65bc8c.jpg[/img]

The rail overpass:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0745_zpsf84e2624.jpg[/img]

A close up of the overpass footings:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0745_zpsf84e2624.jpg[/img]

Rail level picture of the overpass:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0747_zpse5530c4e.jpg[/img]

The carpark/interchange is starting to take shape:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0748_zps6ae3bd34.jpg[/img]

The new pedestrian bridge, built adjacent to the Alfred St road bridge:

[img]http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g197/bartaxr8/Railway%20Pictures/IMG_0749_zpse3e508e2.jpg[/img]
  bartaxr8 Junior Train Controller
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Thanks for the photos.

So they can just dig the new roadway out with no further interruption to rail services I gather?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Where has this Idea to Install check rails come from ?

They are extensively used In NSW & QLD, but ARTC studies have found that they are unnecessary and they will be phasing them out on the rail network they manage.
  gomer Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Where has this Idea to Install check rails come from ?

They are extensively used In NSW & QLD, but ARTC studies have found that they are unnecessary and they will be phasing them out on the rail network they manage.
Nightfire

Yes they have gone made on the RRL with check rails everywhere a bridge (either over or under) is placed with the most ridiculous one placed under the Latrobe St bridge where the speed of trains would not exceed 40 K's.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Victoria has only had a history of Installing check rails on very tight curves (mostly bridges with very tight curves)
  Markbrow10 Station Staff

Location: Moe, Victoria
Warragul station upgrade is coming along nicely and with the closure of the line from the 23 to the 26 of may it explains why I saw a ballast tamper coming from Traralgon going towards morwell over that weekend, my wife said there was another vehicle as well. I wonder if the actual station will get a clean up and a upgrade I hate those empty buildings in the middle of the platform gathering dust and graffitti, but still its good to see progress. It also may be of interest I've noticed that the line to the maryvale mill that the rail crossings seem to be be getting boom gates.

Thanks

Mark
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I hate those empty buildings in the middle of the platform gathering dust and graffiti.
Markbrow10

have wondered about that disused building at the down end of the station, what Victrack plans to do with It ?

It's In disgraceful condition, broken Into, trashed, torched, graffitied, you name It.

The easiest thing to do would be to take the building off the books and put the "one armed bandits" to work on It (getting rid of It fully)

Though It must be acknowledged that the building does have some fine stone and brick work as part of It foundations and walls (the rest Is past It's useful use by date)
  Markbrow10 Station Staff

Location: Moe, Victoria
have wondered about that disused building at the down end of the station, what Victrack plans to do with It ?

It's In disgraceful condition, broken Into, trashed, torched, graffitied, you name It.

The easiest thing to do would be to take the building off the books and put the "one armed bandits" to work on It (getting rid of It fully)

Though It must be acknowledged that the building does have some fine stone and brick work as part of It foundations and walls (the rest Is past It's useful use by date)
Nightfire

Oh Warragul station is indeed a beautiful station should remain as such and I've always thought it was odd that Warragul didn't the PSO's that Traralgon got, considering its a fairly major and very busy station. perhaps once all the stations that are supposed to get them then Warragul might be next.

Thanks

Mark
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
have wondered about that disused building at the down end of the station, what Victrack plans to do with It ?

It's In disgraceful condition, broken Into, trashed, torched, graffitied, you name
"Nightfire"


I think the building is a former crew room - it appears to be an old structure that was extensively remodelled in the 1950s.
The entire Warragul station complex including goods shed is listed on Heritage Victoria's register and cannot be demolished or modified without a permit. The problem is that it's clearly not required for operational purposes, hamstrung by heritage listing and if restored, probably unattractive to a commercial tenant because of its isolated location away from parking and foot traffic. Looks like it will just sit there for the foreeable future. Some of the main building including the old refreshment room has been well restored and is used by TAFE, using the down end footbridge. The Refreshment Room is a spectacular space that passing travellers wouldn't have known about in the past.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I think the building is a former crew room - it appears to be an old structure that was extensively remodelled in the 1950s.
The entire Warragul station complex including goods shed is listed on Heritage Victoria's register and cannot be demolished or modified without a permit. The problem is that it's clearly not required for operational purposes, hamstrung by heritage listing and if restored, probably unattractive to a commercial tenant because of its isolated location away from parking and foot traffic. Looks like it will just sit there for the foreeable future. Some of the main building including the old refreshment room has been well restored and is used by TAFE, using the down end footbridge. The Refreshment Room is a spectacular space that passing travellers wouldn't have known about in the past.
gippslander

If this former crew building was resorted/rebuilt the TAFE could be a viable tenant due to easy access and proximity to their already established facilities.

But If the buildings had to say In a disused state, a better job should be done to board up the building, like lining the outside walls with colourbond sheeting covering up all the former windows.

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