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Posted 17 Oct 2020 10:59 in General by billjohnston

I enjoyed Dr Zivago with the set back cross in the middle of nowhere while running trains under train orders. The signal shot at the end was rather well filmed as well.

Bill Johnston

Regarding BART guage, IIRC there is a diesel extension of BART in the North East running on S.G. as this was the cheapest option in the short term. This requires all change of course and separate supp ...

Another comment, are we sure the relay interlocking has been replaced. If not then the building can't be demolished until that is done.

What is impressive to me is the rapid clean up. A difficult job being up on a bridge but cranes ordered, set up and the derailed wagons and locos removed and track almost fully restored as I write thi ...

Posted 27 Aug 2020 15:47 in Melbourne suburban by billjohnston

0ops sorry "trunking"

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Posted 27 Aug 2020 15:46 in Melbourne suburban by billjohnston

As an extension to this thread, the new facilities being installed along the Dandenong line, presumably  for the new signalling, include three runs of perhaps 50MM galvanised pipe. What is in these pi ...

Caulfield needs a large bull dozer. It should be rebuilt as two island platforms. It will have to be done at some time and if there is a long term plan it can be done in stages but the current plans r ...

I think this sums it up nicely. Easy interchange is the key word. Ringwood line passengers have no issue changing at Richmond as it is so easy. Contrast that with Caulfield line passengers who are for ...

The SEC chartered a train (perhaps more than one) to take employees to do an inspection after the last of the 8 generators were commissioned. Can't give you dates but around 1970 sounds about right. T ...

Posted 25 Apr 2020 09:20 in Victoria by billjohnston

Red over yellow with 80 is not permitted in Vic after a dispute between ARTC and the Victorian regulator. This means the passing lane entry is seriously restricted despite the high speed points. I sus ...

Posted 16 Dec 2019 15:03 in Victoria by billjohnston

In a similar way the up Overland would stop at Sunshine but this was a regular stop for a connection to the ICD. In this case a porter, or perhaps the second signalman, would climb the fence at the up ...

Posted 03 Dec 2019 08:14 in Victoria by billjohnston

Regarding misrouting, back in the late 70's I think a down Adelaide jet was routed through platform 3 (a quite regular event) but the signalman failed to realise the points were left for "A" siding. T ...

Posted 18 Nov 2019 09:18 in Victoria by billjohnston

One other point, the afternoon pilot from Tottenham would bring loaded briquettes for the siding behind the platform at Sunshine. The empties from here would then be shunted over to the harvester sidi ...

Posted 05 Sep 2019 13:06 in Operators by billjohnston

Todays (5/9) Dandenong cement was 2 VL's and 20 x 15 meter flats about half loaded, and through Richmond  just before 11AM.

Bill Johnston

I have seen an L class at Bayswater with briquette traffic, and on one occasion a Y hauled an L via Tottenham to platform 1 at Sunshine, pantos up and back to melbourne via the up main.

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ARTC and MM1 high vis jackets and utes a plenty today. I’m stumped as to what these two would be working on at Totty.
Lockie91
ARTC have been rearranging electrical connections to thei ...

Posted 24 Mar 2019 08:43 in Victoria by billjohnston

[quote=BigShunter]A bit more info here for the interested. A nice clear shot of the down end of the Maryborough yard, roads 1 and 3 are use. The site appears very neat and tidy and with 3 roads availa ...

[quote=railblogger]Changing trains should definitely be the norm, however since Richmond would likely be the point of transfer for most passengers from the east, cutting services there would not be id ...

I don't see why lowering the road would not be an option. There is room due to the side roads providing access to the properties. it would eliminate the messy entrance and exit from the current statio ...

Anyone know what is holding up the commissioning of the Cranbourne line duplication installed so far.

Thanks

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None for the passengers but significant cost reductions when extensions are carried out. I think there are at least two substations required for the Mernda extension and about 10 for a Geelong extensi ...

I think the DC versus AC issue relates to the fact the only viable electric motor for traction in the early 1900's was a series DC motor, due to its high torque at low speed. AC motors have only becom ...

And 2 DH on 2 foot  6 at Puff.

My recollection was the trucking companies were price gouging the terminal at Webb dock so the dock persuaded the Government to spend tax dollars building a railway line. The dock negotiated a reduced ...

Plenty of railways overseas can run express and stopping pattern trains on double track with limited quad track sections for overtaking. Japan Shinkansen is a classic example, but many in Europe are s ...

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