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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.

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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.
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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

BillJohnston

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 ...

Sunshine is BG only. There is a switch locked connection at the Brooklyn end. I have seen it used in staff locked days but very rare. Even when Geelong loaded grains ran the engine would haul the load ...

Sunshine was is basically a grain storage for distribution by road around Melb. Primarily it was barley that came in by rail. There was also some storage of grain for export until it was required at G ...

Not mentioned is the low profile "W" bogie which are non guage convertible and good for 110kph. Wagons such as NQIW VQDW or the VBDW.

Bill Johnston

Posted 12 Jul 2017 14:24 in Victoria by billjohnston

The ATSB report is also deficient in defining speed. It reports yellow over red on the automatic signal leading up to Wallan loop as medium speed warning when in fact it is normal speed warning. Perha ...

If Footscray was intended as an interchange it should have been built properly for that purpose. In reality provision should have been made for platforms at Nth Melb if the passengers were considered  ...

It did go to Coburg one night when misrouted at Nth Melbourne. After much shunting at Coburg it returned to Spencer St shunted again and finally left on the correct route a few hours late. This was on ...

Same in Victoria. Massey Ferguson farm implement works at Sunshine and Angliss meat works in Footscray were both 25 Hz factories supplied from Vic railways. The SECV developed frequency changers at Ri ...

During the period tram management were looking at options to cover the need for disabled persons to travel, I suggested blocking the kerb side lane, and diverting the tram into the kerb at stops. This ...

Regarding clear low speed on a dwarf signal, my understanding is the section or block is clear but the next signal may be at stop.

Bill Johnston

Yes you are correct a yellow over red is never preceded by yellow over green. That is not true in USA. If signals are close together the yellow over green is placed well out and then a sequence of red ...

Can anyone advise the track layout at the new Wickham interchange. Some recent pictures imply two side platforms. Surely no one is silly enough to build side platforms for an interchange station.

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Posted 18 Jan 2017 19:06 in Victoria by billjohnston

Island platform needed if SG trains are pushed through to Geelong. It would a shame not to have this as a long term goal.

Bill Johnston

Posted 17 Jan 2017 18:15 in Victoria by billjohnston

To Freightgate,

No platform 1 can be used by all trains not requiring connections, but to minimise the flack caused by having to change, the cross platform option is by far the best. Not all passenge ...

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