I'm hearing parts of the Mildura line are cleared for 80 km/h operation?
On broken rails and splintered sleepers that sounds very dangerous
Yes bingley, it's quite amazing that 3 50 wagon fruity trains, probably 2000+ tonnes, as well as a few grain trains, 2500 tonne each, travel over rails with failing welds, lack of ballast, broken rails, rotten sleepers, loose dog screws, buckled rails, rails that have been over or under tensioned and cracking sleepers, is about to have the speed limit cracked up to 80 kmh, V/Lines ability to achieve, this is astounding.
Moving on, here's a quote from last weeks press release; these works will see us reach some project milestones in the coming weeks with V/Line advising speed restrictions on the Yelta to Maryborough line will be lifted by the end of June, enabling trains to run up to 80km/h, reducing travel times on this section by up to one hour.
I think it was the end of August, they were planning for the M'bgh to A'rt line to have all the crossing's commissioned so hopefully the running times may be nearly respectable.
Greensleeves also said work was continuing on the commission of passing loops as well as siding for grain access, slowly the plan is falling into place.