With 5 weekend closures (apparently) still to go that effect the Belair line and therefore the Noarlunga line, no weekend start of service date can commence until at least December 7 (assuming they will resume services on a weekend). There might be more public backlash if they start services on a weekday and then still have to close for one or two weekends.
With 5 weekend closures (apparently) still to go that effect the Belair line and therefore the Noarlunga line, no weekend start of service date can commence until at least December 7 (assuming they will resume services on a weekend). There might be more public backlash if they start services on a weekday and then still have to close for one or two weekends.You may well be right. Nevertheless, now that the Noarlunga Centre line's signalling is working sufficiently well to allow the test trains today, I would think that the Minister will move Heaven and Earth to get services running as soon as possible. If I were he, I'd be kicking every bottom that it is necessary severely to discomfort to achieve this. While the upgrades will be worth the past months of travail in the long run, the patience of the public (and very definitely of this member of it) has well and truly been stretched to the limit. Votes are being lost daily, and no politician looking to be re-elected can afford to lose a single one of them.
Off Topic: I am still experiencing delays of up to several minutes for the Railpage server to respond. it's made the effort of uploading links to two photographs a matter of nine frustrating hours (with some short breaks to chew the carpet), and I still can't get the pictures to show in the body of my message despite clicking the 'Insert an image' button, and using the URLs of the pictures that are sitting in the Railpage gallery by direct cut and past. ALL of my other many visited websites respond normally.Here's a tip to make it faster - switch to plain text editing instead of the kludgy WYSIWYG HTML editor and write your own BBcode instead of trusing the format buttons.
If only for electoral reasons, I would guess that we may soon see regular trains to Oakands with the Seaford/Noarlunga Centre bus interchange transferred from the city as during the first shutdown for the ConventionCentre construction work.I thought that closure of the outer section of the Noarlunga route in 2011 was for the rebuilding of the Warradale-Noarlunga track and stations, and that it was the suspension of Tonsley services from early 2012 which was for the Convention Centre work.
Including your own/his for not letting the contract go early enough so that it ends up being a rush job towards the end of the whole project?Given that Turbo Tom has shown he can be extremely flexible when it comes to the truth, he shouldn't have any trouble with whatever contortionist moves are required to kick his own butt.
Saw steel gantries being erected between Goodwood station and Leader street today.Some photos from the last few days. All the gantries through Keswick, Wayville to N end of Goodwood Station have been installed. Only 3 masts and a number of cross beams at Goodwood platforms are still to go up.
Sounds promising; does this mean the signals are all A-Okay now? I'm guessing 'yes'.
And thanks very much for managing to post those interesting pics the other day, Alex C, Railpage has been rather unwell in the last four or five days with the new server and all but it's really wonderful to see the progress. The support poles/portals look of a similar structural grade to the ones used on the recent upgrades around Melbourne (Sunbury/South Morang). The galvanising looks nice and shiny when it's new doesn't it!
A test train successfully tested the signalling from Adelaide to Oaklands on Friday 1 November 2013 and another test train will test from Adelaide to Noarlunga on Thursday 7 November 2013. Proving and reliability testing with the track, points and level crossings will continue for several days. Implementation and testing of the new signalling between Hove and Noarlunga Centre on the Seaford Line will continue for a further two weeks prior to handing over to drivers and controllers for familiarisation training and robust testing of the system in a live train environment.http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/RR/rail_revitalisation/noarlunga_line_renewal
I congratulated one of the construction supervisors who seem most grateful that I had bothered.It's a really great thing that they finally got around to doing that. When I used to catch the Noarlunga train in the 1990's it was a frequent occurrence having to wait for an ARTC train to clear, sometimes for 7 or 8 minutes (or longer). No more!
Had my ride through the Goodwood underpass yesterday.
Full marks to the team who put it on, it was a bit disappointing that perhaps the crowds were not larger.
I congratulated one of the construction supervisors who seem most grateful that I had bothered.
The ride is smooth and 3 3000 cars made it without fuss.
If there ever will be a problem it will be when the trains run faster. The rails "ring" such that you can hear the train coming when you stand on the Goodwood platform even though the train has just entered the decline at the down end. Applying damping to the rails may be necessary to control the noise. BTW, this in not a complaint or negative judgement just an observation; I can give you a solution if you want it.
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