Possible safety gates to be installed at Kilmore East

 
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Not sure if it's thread-worthy, but it looks as if safety pedestrian/crossing gates are going to be installed at Kilmore East.

There are some sort of new gates to the north of the current ramps by about 10-ish metres.

I assume the ramps will be resurfaced to lengthen out to match up to these.

A portable work/office has appeared in the car park and temp fencing installed around the area.

If people want pics let me know and I'll snap a few each day.

That's the interesting technical side........

As for the debate about whether they are needed due to the d1ckhead$ who cross in front of the train..... 'dying' to get to work or school each morning...... Mad

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  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
Well, I'm guessing that possible safety gates to be installed at Kilmore East would be better than impossible safety gates to be installed at Kilmore East....
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Not sure if it's thread-worthy, but it looks as if safety pedestrian/crossing gates are going to be installed at Kilmore East.

There are some sort of new gates to the north of the current ramps by about 10-ish metres.

I assume the ramps will be resurfaced to lengthen out to match up to these.

A portable work/office has appeared in the car park and temp fencing installed around the area.

If people want pics let me know and I'll snap a few each day.

That's the interesting technical side........

As for the debate about whether they are needed due to the d1ckhead$ who cross in front of the train..... 'dying' to get to work or school each morning...... Mad
jjd76au
I'm sure it's because of the d1ckhead$ the possible safety gates are being installed at Kilmore East. Pics are definitely worthwhile.

Mike.

Dammit...they've taken the colours away again Exclamation
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

There's a bit of work that's going to happen at Kilmore East see here for more details:

Kilmore East platform changesSaturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June
Due to pedestrian crossing upgrade works, there will be no access to the Melbourne-bound (eastern) platform at Kilmore East from Saturday 25 May until Sunday 2 June (inclusive).
People travelling towards Melbourne need to catch a shuttle bus to Wallan to board the train.

From Kilmore East to Melbourne
Buses leave 15 minutes earlier than the timetabled train to ensure connection with Melbourne-bound services.
If Travelling from Kilmore East to Wandong or Heathcote Junction, please catch the shuttle bus.

From Seymour to Kilmore East
Customers travelling from Shepparton or Seymour and going to Kilmore East need to alight at Broadford and catch a shuttle bus to Kilmore East.
Shuttle buses will depart from the Kilmore East car park. Please be ready to depart 15 minutes earlier than the timetabled train service.
Services from Melbourne to Kilmore East are not affected.
Customers needing special assistance please call 1800 800 007 before travelling.

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  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Well, I'm guessing that possible safety gates to be installed at Kilmore East would be better than impossible safety gates to be installed at Kilmore East....
DirtyBallast
My first thought at this comment.....

  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Okey-dokes..... pics...

Quick phone pics:

Last Thursday morning (May 23rd) north end of Melbourne side looking north showing the new gates that have been on their lonesome for a few weeks now:


Thursday evening, from the car park on the other side, showing the office and work yard set up:


Sunday lunch (May 26th), off to the soul-destroying football...... couple of quick snaps from the north end of the Seymour side platform, showing the work done to clear out the former ramps:


And the clearing of the Melbourne-side ramp:



Didn't have time for any progress shots this morning as the kidlets made me run almost late for the current interim bus to Wallan.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
Just to add,

I realise why these things ARE needed, but I can't fathom why they SHOULD be needed.

The complete lack of brains of some people is staggering.  They seem to think that they are either indestructible or that the trains can stop just as quick as the crappy cars they drive to the station in.

We live near the station and EVERY SINGLE DAY you hear the blasts, not the short toots that drivers have to do approaching the crossings, but the long "GETOUTTATHEWAY" blasts that never seem to embarrass or shame the people who cross in front.  

One woman who got blasted after crossing in fog was all huffy and snooty when she walked past me to chat to her friends and was "going to complain to Vline about the driver".

I gave her a gobfull about how she's lucky the Vline driver isn't complaining about her being splattered over the next 100 yards and to show some effin brains (I was running on adrenalin a bit - it was THAT close!!).  Needless to say that for a friendly country station, neither her nor her group of friends have ever spoken to me since.  Not sure if her crossing habits have changed though.

And when something awful does happen.......... the authorities should DO something... like these gates.... to protect people FROM THEIR OWN STUPIDITY!!!

What's next, complain that the government doesn't supply us with rebates for cotton wool to wrap ourselves in to protect us, just in case we do something ELSE dumb in this big wide world?

Rant over..... I think.....
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Well seeing as we don't live in a utopia, yes it is necessery to protect people from their own stupid actions, and for the stupid actions of others. Whilst some of us might not have much sympathy for the thick amoebas that may just one day end up underneath an N class locomotive, We still have a duty as a society to protect them, to protect the drivers of our trains, to protect anybody who may be unfortunate enough to have to one day witness such a thing from the safety of the station platform, and to keep our emergency service personnel with as little work to do as possible. Stupid people will always do stupid things, in fact rather intelligent peope can also do some really stupoid things at times too, that doesn't mean that as a society we shouldn't have to protect them. Again, we don't live in a utopia.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I believe a major reason for these sort of projects is for the powers to be, VLine management and the governement to protect themselves.

So when some foolish person kills themselves on a crossing they can tell the coroner we did this to stop them , its not our fault.
You are never going to protect people from there own stupity, but you sure can try and protect yourself from any backlash from said stupiity!

woodford
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
I believe the work will also involve some platform lengthening, but i'm not sure how much longer.
Cheers all.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
I believe the work will also involve some platform lengthening, but i'm not sure how much longer.
Cheers all.
damooops

Doesn't seem to.

The new shallower ramps start at the end of the original platforms, they just extend out much further.

I assume this is also to come into compliance with manual wheelchair limits as the old ramps were steepish for the poorly mobile.

Brickwork in this morning for the formwork for the ramps.

Does anyone know if these get filled with dirt/rubble/gravel them capped or just filled with concrete completely?

Also a large pile of wooden formwork for the crossing itself between the old shed and the work office.

Tried to grab a couple of quick pics this morning but had the sun right behind everything and they looked crap.
  jjd76au Train Controller

Location: Kilmore East
I noticed this morning that this has now been pushed out to include Tuesday (4/6/13).  Not surprising.  They managed to somehow pour concrete for the Up-platform ramp on Saturday.  How, in that weather, I'll never know.

Some more pics.

Thursday evening (30/6/13)
From the 'down' platform, looking north:





Same side, just outside the fence, showing the base for the new ramp on the north end.




Moved up a bit to the left of the previous photo, looking east towards the Melbourne-bound platform ramp construction.




And looking north a bit again:






Sunday (2/6).  Lunchtime for the workers.  Smelt damn nice as I has to wait for the bus!

From the carpark, looking south-east, ramps appearing, fence posts in as well:



Usual spot, over the main car park fence looking north:




..... and east.  Taking shape nicely.




Sunday evening, after the footy.  You can see what I'm assuming is the formwork for the crossing base tied in a square pile in the background between the diggers.



From the newer car park again, looking almost south, showing the formwork for the ramp on the Seymour-bound side:

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