Track work around the state

 
  kettle8632 Train Controller

Location: latrobe tasmania
Have any of the concrete sleepers gone into the South line below the tunnel yet.
At what location(s) are they being stored.
BP4417
No concrete sleepers have been installed on the network. Only ballast cleaner works, which is around the Colebrook - Rhyndaston area.

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  theesp Train Controller

Have any of the concrete sleepers gone into the South line below the tunnel yet.
At what location(s) are they being stored.
BP4417
Don't know about instatement but they are stored at Campania and Colebrook (on the footy oval next to the old change rooms)
  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
Have any of the concrete sleepers gone into the South line below the tunnel yet.
At what location(s) are they being stored.
BP4417

There's a nice pile of concrete sleepers at Rhyndaston. They were delivered a few weeks ago.
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: front left seat EE set now departed
New freight and maritime package for Tasmania
Australia’s government will invest more than AUD 22 million (EUR 17.3 million) to boost the future freight capacity of northern Tasmania and improve the skills base of the state's maritime workforce. Alone AUD 5.2 million (EUR 4.1 million) will be ploughed into a new intermodal freight terminal at Bell Bay, to facilitate the movement of Tasmanian timber and other bulk freight. The new intermodal freight terminal will make freight movements in and out of Bell Bay more efficient and generate broader economic benefits. Design plans will be finalised later this year and construction work is slated to start in H1/2014. Tasmanian traders move about 450,000 freight containers per year into and out of the state. (ben)
http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Still don't know why it has to be Bell Bay. Sure the industries there could use it, but the international port for Tasmania? Why not Hobart or Burnie.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Still don't know why it has to be Bell Bay. Sure the industries there could use it, but the international port for Tasmania? Why not Hobart or Burnie.
Z1NorthernProgress2110

Not Burnie because its possibly already too congested and has no room for expansion?

Not Hobart because its at the wrong end of the state and no freight shipping lines want to waste fuel and time cruising all the way down and back up the Tas. east coast, for no good reason when they can drop and go from Bell Bay or Burnie. Also Hobarts freight handling infrastructure is degraded and it is increasingly specialising as a purely cruise ship and Antarctic research vessel port.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Not Burnie because its possibly already too congested and has no room for expansion?
12CSVT
From what I've been told, Burnie can expand. But government that owns Tasports doesn't want to spend money in Burnie. Its more a political issue if anything.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
From what I've been told, Burnie can expand. But government that owns Tasports doesn't want to spend money in Burnie. Its more a political issue if anything.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Agree, with Hobart, should have closed decades ago for most freight. Burnie should have been pushed into being the main port also decades ago, however there are some costs in going to Burnie over Bell Bay for materials coming to/from South and East.

Hopefully what Tas Ports are doing is rationalising certain commodities to certain ports to minimise or eliminate providing the same infrastructure at more than one port for little benefit.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
From what I've been told, Burnie can expand. But government that owns Tasports doesn't want to spend money in Burnie. Its more a political issue if anything.
Having attended a talk given by a senior Port Authority official, the wish is to have Burnie, the Bulk Port, Devonport Cement and Ferry, Bell Bay, Containers, Hobart , Antartica and Cruise ships. Unfortunately before amalgamation of the ports the Port of Burnie struck a deal for 15 years or so that lowered the cost of transporting containers through Burnie which no other port at that time had any knowledge of hence the loss of container shipping from Bell Bay. Once this agreement runs out you may see Tasports Master Plan fufilled unless parochial interests intervene. Bell Bay is the second deepest port in Tasmania following Hobart. Personally I believe Bass Straight ships need to get a lot larger to get economy of scale, look at the tiny little  Searoad ships that operate out of Devonport, possibly one of the reasons why Bass straight is one of the dearest pieces of water to ship across in the world.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Noticed recent ballasting and alignment work beside the former Botanical Gardens platform. Ballast dumped last week,  track machines in Hobart yard early this week, and now the curve looks nicely ballasted and smoothly aligned.
Any other similar work in Hobart area in recent days?

Cheers,

DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Noticed yesterday, two sections of track removed but sitting next tot he far western line, just past the old bass highway turn off at Wynyard. Not sure why.
  theesp Train Controller

Wouldn't that curve in the new bridge slow track speed down from the former alignment when it was in good condition???
  new_guy Station Master

Wouldn't that curve in the new bridge slow track speed down from the former alignment when it was in good condition???
"theesp"



The approach curve at the southern end was (is) very tight - R120m if my memory serves me correct.  That curve will now be R200m, and the bridge itself varies between R400m and R500m.


Damien
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Nice to see the reply Damien. The works/bridge itself is a masterpiece.
  theesp Train Controller

The approach curve at the southern end was (is) very tight - R120m if my memory serves me correct.  That curve will now be R200m, and the bridge itself varies between R400m and R500m.


Damien
new_guy
Thanks for that Damien.

Are you still keen on the idea of a public forum to bring us up to date on all the current and future news at Tasrail?

Cheers
  Amraks Junior Train Controller

Noticed yesterday, two sections of track removed but sitting next tot he far western line, just past the old bass highway turn off at Wynyard. Not sure why.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Drainage Work is getting done around that area.  there is a problem with the current drainage systems so the council is upgrading them to stop the flooding that they get up the back.

Seabrook golf course flooded.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsKaAHoEWtw
  Amraks Junior Train Controller
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
The old Swing bridge, is heritage listed or going to.
  kettle8632 Train Controller

Location: latrobe tasmania
Leven Bridge (Ulverstone) tie in this weekend for those who want to have a look....
  Amraks Junior Train Controller

Doctors rocks track is now connected together not sure if Tasrail done this or the Wynyard Council.
  DRR_Fireman Deputy Commissioner

Location: -
It wasn't when I went through there today!
  tasrailfan Locomotive Fireman

It wasn't when I went through there today!
DRR_Fireman
Why would they reconnect it when Tasrail only goes as far as Burnie? Is there something we should know about?
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Am I correct in thinking that it will be possible to access the new Forth bridge by an easier curve from the Leith end than is currently the case?
Is the new bridge straight or curved?

Cheers,

DPJ

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