Final piece of light rail track to be laid on Gold Coast today

 

News article: Final piece of light rail track to be laid on Gold Coast today

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  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork


THE builders of the $1.2 billion light rail system will today lay the final piece of the track, marking a major milestone in the city's biggest transport ­project.

The 13km track runs from Parkwood to Broadbeach, with the last concrete pour planned for Surfers Paradise Boulevard at 12pm.
GoldLinQ will lay the final section of track after 30,000km of underground services was upgraded and relocated along the corridor.
CEO Phil Mumford said the team was relieved to have the track finished this year as the system moves full steam ahead towards taking passengers next June.
Final piece of light rail track to be laid on Gold Coast today

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The statement "GoldLinQ will lay the final section of track after 30,000km of underground services was upgraded and relocated along the corridor" does not ring true. Does anyone have any idea how long 30,000 km really is?

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
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The statement "GoldLinQ will lay the final section of track after 30,000km of underground services was upgraded and relocated along the corridor" does not ring true. Does anyone have any idea how long 30,000 km really is?
TheBlacksmith
Distance from here to London and back.

Distance from here to London and back.
"railblogger"

LOL
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
30'000 metres would be believable !
  M636C Minister for Railways

30,000 metres would be believable !
Nightfire
Say 30 Km of cables moved, but 1000 separate cores in parallel, oh look 30,000 km of wire....

M636C
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Are trams able to run into Surfers Paradise yet?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Are trams able to run into Surfers Paradise yet?
GeoffreyHansen
No Geoff as the overhead was not in place on the Nerang River bridge when we drove past tonight and maybe other places as well as the highway does not completely follow the tram route.  I suspect hi-rail vehicles have tested track for gauge etc but have no proof of that.
  BrianBS Locomotive Driver

Say 30 Km of cables moved, but 1000 separate cores in parallel, oh look 30,000 km of wire....

M636C
M636C

Your argument would be right if it was only wire.

However, the real story is far different - that 30,000 km comprises not only electricity and communications cables, but also includes gas supply piping, water supply piping, sewerage piping and stormwater piping, PLUS a fairly substantial allowance of 'spare' services conduits to allow future upgrading of the city services with minimum future 'digging up' around the light rail track base.

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