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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
True what everyone was saying but after all these years, God only knows how long it has been though that they will now be swapped over.

A while back concerned commuters pointed out that trains were going through red lights on the Outer Harbor line it even made the papers. I had to contact the paper to tell them it was all perfectly right for trains to do this after explaining why and what had to be done. So commuters notice more than gunzels actually think. Well we will see on the first train or trains though. There is always someone that does not get the news that something like this is happening, not all have internet or a mobile phone and putting up signs these days is only inviting people not to read them as most do. A lot do not like getting out of their comfort zone though at the best of times!

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  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Good thing that the vast majority of commuters will have their first experience of the new layout from the safety of an inbound train where there is nowhere else to go other than Adelaide, since services usually recommence after a shutdown with the first train of the day's timetable rather than starting in the afternoon.

The panic will near certainly be confined to a handful of autistic gunzels.
  Heath Loxton Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA
Has anyone had to deal with an autistic persons meltdown?
Is it very scary to witness one in public?
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

No big deal. They might moan or cry a bit, maybe shake or flap their arms about at the same time. Then they'll settle down.

It all depends on where they are on the spectrum. Some might just make incessant conversation with normal commuters about trivial details of the railway (obsession with class numbers, track names etc) while being completely unaware of the attempts by the normals to get out of that conversation.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Well now work seems to have started in earnest now at Torrens Junction a bulldozer was at the Park Terrace end of the Parklands scraping out by the looks of it a flat area alongside the Northern up track on the Outer Harbor line plus much more activity with the fenced off compound there as well.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Well now work seems to have started in earnest now at Torrens Junction a bulldozer was at the Park Terrace end of the Parklands scraping out by the looks of it a flat area alongside the Northern up track on the Outer Harbor line plus much more activity with the fenced off compound there as well.
David Peters
There was a hive of activity when I went past today - funny because I thought someone mentioned earlier that they weren't going to start on the Park Tce grade separation till the South Rd project was done? I guess major works won't be done 'till next year anyway.
  Heath Loxton Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA
With all these new overpasses and underpasses on the Western lines, my journey out west to Grange will soon feel like a theme park rollercoaster ride than a commuter train ride. Very Happy
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Friday the 7/04/2017 there is now evidence of track deviations being built on the North side of the SG crossovers as new track had been laid roughly alongside the track here, so it seems that they will deviate one or both lines to get some work done. Also the place was busy again with trucks dumping dirt and fill etc in the enclosure there as well. Also the pile driver is now at Bowden on the second level crossing from the city. The outer Harbor line and Gawler line will be closed from Good Friday for about 10 days to get some more work done on it so it is well past the planning stages now it is being implemented. This could also be why the platform at Bowden is getting demolished as well to make way for the deviation to be put in.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Full line closure on Grange and Outer Harbor lines from 14th April through 24th April and a closure between Adelaide and Mawson Lakes on the Gawler line from 14th April through 21st April due Torrens Junction works.
Substitute buses on both lines
  62430 Chief Train Controller

Location: Metro Adelaide
Currently the Port and Gawler lines between Nairne and Gaol Jns are being resleepered in concrete.  Also signal cable ducts and pits are being installed around Gaol Jn and Torrens Bridge.

The Mawson Lakes - Gawler trains are reversing in Platform 1 (western) at Dry Creek.

Alex C
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Currently the Port and Gawler lines between Nairne and Gaol Jns are being resleepered in concrete.  Also signal cable ducts and pits are being installed around Gaol Jn and Torrens Bridge.

The Mawson Lakes - Gawler trains are reversing in Platform 1 (western) at Dry Creek.

Alex C
62430
There was a considerable amount of activity today when I went past on the Tonsley train.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Park Terrace was down to two lanes each way today; parts of the line now gone forever and the digging has begun. I think they're also preparing to drop some more bridges onto the South Road project in the coming months. I also believe the North Terrace tram extension thing is due to start in the next few months -
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Park Terrace was down to two lanes each way today; parts of the line now gone forever and the digging has begun. I think they're also preparing to drop some more bridges onto the South Road project in the coming months. I also believe the North Terrace tram extension thing is due to start in the next few months -
don_dunstan
I believe that the Torrens Road/South Road bridge beams are going in this weekend (21st & 22nd)
  Mufreight Train Controller

Location: North Ipswich
Currently the Port and Gawler lines between Nairne and Gaol Jns are being resleepered in concrete.  Also signal cable ducts and pits are being installed around Gaol Jn and Torrens Bridge.

The Mawson Lakes - Gawler trains are reversing in Platform 1 (western) at Dry Creek.

Alex C
There was a considerable amount of activity today when I went past on the Tonsley train.
kipioneer
Are they gauge convertible sleepers?
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Currently the Port and Gawler lines between Nairne and Gaol Jns are being resleepered in concrete.  Also signal cable ducts and pits are being installed around Gaol Jn and Torrens Bridge.

The Mawson Lakes - Gawler trains are reversing in Platform 1 (western) at Dry Creek.

Alex C
There was a considerable amount of activity today when I went past on the Tonsley train.
Are they gauge convertible sleepers?
Mufreight
They don't need to be gauge convertible though Adelaide Metro track is all Broad gauge and will stay that way for a long time now. The expense of changing it all over and converting all the rollingstock etc has been put out to pasture as cost that is too great for very little return.

Adelaide Metro and ARTC are separate here and there is no connection except at Dry Creek I think to allow AM railcars etc to access the wheel lathes and turntable there.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Installation of the ticket gates at Salisbury has apparently started. Which is to say that one or both of the following outcomes may occur:

1. Next Olympic champion in the High Jump to come from (or go to) the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

2. Passenger numbers at Chidda and Nurlutta set to skyrocket.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Seems all northbound trains on the Gawler line are slowing almost to a stop at North Adelaide, must be due to the grade seperation
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Seems all northbound trains on the Gawler line are slowing almost to a stop at North Adelaide, must be due to the grade seperation
greasyrhys
You'd prefer them to sail on through an active construction zone at line speed?
  62430 Chief Train Controller

Location: Metro Adelaide
Seems all northbound trains on the Gawler line are slowing almost to a stop at North Adelaide, must be due to the grade seperation
greasyrhys
Most of the down Gawler line from Torrens Bridge to N of Torrens Jn was lifted and ballast removed to allow the piling work to be undertaken. Similarly both tracks from Gibson to East St were removed at Bowden.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
My post was just an observation, not a whinge/complaint.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Park Terrace was down to two lanes each way today; parts of the line now gone forever and the digging has begun. I think they're also preparing to drop some more bridges onto the South Road project in the coming months. I also believe the North Terrace tram extension thing is due to start in the next few months -
I believe that the Torrens Road/South Road bridge beams are going in this weekend (21st & 22nd)
Pressman
The website says that those works were postponed due to "unfavourable weather conditions".

I'll have a chance to have a look this week - there was also a lot of activity around Port Rd/South Rd junction last week with a lot of digging apparent, wonder if that bridge is scheduled soon too.
  62430 Chief Train Controller

Location: Metro Adelaide
The website says that those works were postponed due to "unfavourable weather conditions".

I'll have a chance to have a look this week - there was also a lot of activity around Port Rd/South Rd junction last week with a lot of digging apparent, wonder if that bridge is scheduled soon too.
don_dunstan
The bridge beams for the Port/South intersection were installed some time ago. The bridge deck construction finished recently with the bridge brought into use two weekends ago. Last weekend further work was underway on Port between South and Coglin.

The bridges are being constructed by first constructing the bridge decks at ground level and subsequently excavating under the deck.  The same technique is being used for the rail underpass under Park Terrace. Over the past couple of months the foundation piles were sunk in overnight work, in the past ten days the bridge decks have been constructed with the rail tracks laid on top for the level crossing and in October the trench for the lowered railway will be excavated.

Alex C
  62430 Chief Train Controller

Location: Metro Adelaide
Currently the Port and Gawler lines between Nairne and Gaol Jns are being resleepered in concrete.  Also signal cable ducts and pits are being installed around Gaol Jn and Torrens Bridge.

The Mawson Lakes - Gawler trains are reversing in Platform 1 (western) at Dry Creek.

Alex C
There was a considerable amount of activity today when I went past on the Tonsley train.
Are they gauge convertible sleepers?
Mufreight
The sleepers are gauge-convertible, but I suspect DPTI are still using sleepers from the large stock acquired for the Rail Revitalisation work.  Today I observed that although the Port line has been completely resleepered between Nairne and Gaol Jns, the Gawler line still has a short section of steel sleepers on both tracks E of Gaol Jn.
  62430 Chief Train Controller

Location: Metro Adelaide
Seems all northbound trains on the Gawler line are slowing almost to a stop at North Adelaide, must be due to the grade seperation
greasyrhys
On both the Gawler and Port lines there are 40 permanent restriction signs in each direction at Torrens Jn over the dogleg deviations that will allow underpass construction later this year.

Alex C
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Went past the Park Terrace construction site today and they are obviously about to start driving piles and digging the trench next to the existing line; there was a lot of construction materials being moved onto the sites adjacent.

Also out of interest the Advertiser had an article yesterday stating that the government's next stage of the South Road project would be Regency Road to Pym Street, meaning that traffic will be able to travel from Gawler/the Barrossa to just beyond Grange Road completely traffic light free (sometime around 2021/2 but nevertheless it's on its way).

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