Metro Trains contends with second derailment within a week
The metro website states the reason trains are not running is track work why is the derailment being kept from the public ?
What do Metro Trains and the government know about the issues they are not telling us ?
Why on earth would Metro still be installing wooden sleepers? So they can spend another $3 million converting the Rushall/Merri curves to concrete sleepers next year or so? Why not go the whole hog and install 47kg/m jointed track as well, I heard it's cheaper to buy than 60kg continuously welded rail...There's some concern about concrete sleepers and tight gauge problems in this state at the moment. Wooden sleepers allow the track gang to dial in whatever gauge they want.
Trains on the south Morang line suspended due to a train either detailed or defective on the track.
Trains only running to bell is what it said.
Will the same Rushall-Merri curves still be here by 2050? Forget skyrail to Dandenong or a Melbourne monorail, this line needs a new bridge more than ever.Nope. Keep the bridge and run the line on it's original formation via the Inner Circle Railway. There is still wide a clear strip of parkland along it's whole route except for one small section where they have built half a dozen small Housing Commission houses on half its width.
Rip up the tracks at Rushall, convert the old station into an Inner Circle tourist attraction, acquire the properties west of Rucker St if necessary and build a new bridge on that side of the Merri Creek. The only thing which would be in the way of a bridge is a large factory(?) at the end of Cunningham St, which if the building could be moved to the other side of the property, the bridge could go straight over the top, if this sort of arrangement is allowed these days. I don't think a new Rushall station is even needed, given the short distances between Rushall station and Merri, Westgarth and the 11 and 86 trams. Of course, the local NIMBYs in their Edwardian houses won't like it because it doesn't reflect the days gone, but since when do people listen to NIMBYs?
Given the curve it may well be better in steam era jointed track. Less likely to buckle if well maintained?Prior to these incidents had the curves been resleepered in concrete. Would like to know.
Nope, wooden sleepers, dogspikes and apparently steam-era jointed track too.