Trackwork around the state

 
  SKVT Junior Train Controller

Location: Iapetus
There is a narrow gauge / standard gauge crossover near the South Freo power station, it is a left over from the old Robb's Jetty freight terminal days, it serves no purpose other than the narrow gauge and standard gauge swap sides. Due to this being an un-signalled crossover it makes the narrow gauge and standard gauge tracks to be operated as a single duel gauge track between South Beach and Cockburn.
witzendoz

Its a legacy of the days when the narrow gauge yard was on the east  side of Robbs and the SG was on the west . For those unfamiliar with the history of the area, until 1986 the line between Cockburn  and Freo consisted of two independent mains, one narrow and one standard. In 1985 the track between Freo and the North end of Robbs Jetty was converted to dual gauge, with the facing points for the yard just south of the then new south Beach platform. When Robbs was closed the yard was ripped up and rather than do the obvious and extend the dual gauge south all the way to the crossover, the mains were kept intact, resulting in the unusual arrangement that exists today. As far as I can tell, this diamond, being a  different gauges diamond crossing is only one of a handful of such left in WA. The only other two that I can think of are at Merredin and Kwinana, the later being a beauty in that it is a dual gauge /standard gauge diamond- possibly now unique in Australia.
Perhaps one day we will see the sparks extended south of Fremantle, although I suspect that it will be a long time away. Certainly, the issues of managing the interface of  railcars with real trains driven by real drivers ( or, shudder,  maybe even real train controllers!) will be  a source of both interest and amusement.

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  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
The loop at darrine is currently being resleepered.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
As far as I can tell, this diamond, being a  different gauges diamond crossing is only one of a handful of such left in WA. The only other two that I can think of are at Merredin and Kwinana...
SKVT

I believe there's also one west of Midland on the electrified line, where the standard gauge track to Midland Platform 1 (coming from Woodbridge) crosses the narrow gauge line up to Perth?
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Nightime rail grinding between Brunswick Junction and Worsley? has started. No mention on the Brookfield weekly notice however :S
  nachoman Assistant Commissioner

Youtube video from Brookfield Rail showing the Bonnie Vale turnout installation from earlier this year:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YOS6xGvtcI
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
I think there is also a NG / SG crossover at the eastern end of Avon Yard where the GSR crosses the Kalgoorlie line
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

I think there is also a NG / SG crossover at the eastern end of Avon Yard where the GSR crosses the Kalgoorlie line
Wallip

There are also five of them between the SSRS yard in Midland and the old woolstores building according to nearmap updates.

There was a crew working on the bridge south of the loop at Yornaning replacing the sleepers (non-ballasted deck) yesterday and today, seems that they had about wrapped up when I drove past at 3pm or so.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

In the last week the Narrogin - Yillminning line has been marked up for sleeper replacement (not sure if it extends past Yilminning yet, as I haven't had the time to get past there) with fresh white paint marks on the rails. Brookfield personnel were measuring up the Narrogin platform road two weeks ago as well. Given that CBH has requested access to the Narrogin - Merredin line and the Yilminning - Kulin line (as well as the Merredin - Narembeen line), and the ERA has agreed that access to those lines should be made available, maybe they are close to a decision on pricing for the lines to reopen.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

The concrete sleepers on the standard gauge line through Northam townsite are being replaced at the moment - seems to be a complete replacement at this stage. Level crossing bells are very loud in the office though, hopefully tomorrow is the last day of replacement work.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

The crews are working the sleeper replacements on the east end of the East Northam loop at the moment, and the rails are marked up well past the next main bridge towards Grass Valley for a 1-to-1 replacement. Sleepers are stacked on the south side of the line through town, and on the north side of the line outside town to the east.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Noted yesterday that the CBH siding in Pingelly had finally had the points removed from the main line, and the siding is now disconnected at both ends.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Brookfield had some crews working below the old (now removed) bridge over the Avon River east of Spencers Brook today. They seemed to be pushing out an access track or simple pavement across the river bed alongside the single steel bridge on the footprint of the old timber bridge that was removed some time back. Does anyone know what they are working on there? I am wondering if they are looking at replacing the bridge spans on the main line, and need a good base for the cranes to undertake the lifting.

Cheers,

Matt.
  bagus70 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wanting to revisit Australia again.
I hope this is not out of topic. I recently checked Wikipedia page about Mullewa. On the Rail Service section it mention that there is a new dual gauge line being built from Karara iron ore mine to Mullewa And it also menton new standard gauge line being built between Karara and Oakajee. I wonder who will operate this line? And what kind of locomotives will be used?
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

I hope this is not out of topic. I recently checked Wikipedia page about Mullewa. On the Rail Service section it mention that there is a new dual gauge line being built from Karara iron ore mine to Mullewa And it also menton new standard gauge line being built between Karara and Oakajee. I wonder who will operate this line? And what kind of locomotives will be used?
"bagus70"


The line has been relaid with dual gauge concrete sleepers, but is still narrow aguge only (not three railed). The trains to Karara are operated by Aurizon, but I noticed in the news on the weekend that the Karara mine is operating at a loss due to the low iron ore prices, and this may cause it to be mothballed. While it gets a premium price for it's ore due to the high grade, this does not offset the high production cost at the mine itself.

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