Is it true that there were objections at the time to the swing gate level crossings not simply being grade separated?
The third track in 1987, of course, only extended from Caulfield to Moorabbin. The only gates abolished at this time were Neerim Rd (hand gates) and Glenhuntly Rd (interlocked). The other gates in this section (North Road, McKinnon Rd, and Centre Rd) had long been boom barriers. The interlocked gates at Highett Rd (Highett) went in 1985. The interlocked gates at Parkdale and Mordialloc went in conjunction with the resignalling - 1986 in the case of Parkdale and 1987 in the case of Mordialloc.I'm sure the plans for triplication extended all the way to Mordialloc. Even now there are still parts of the line from Moorabbin to Mordialloc that have provision for a third track - the Nepean Highway Bridge at Mordialloc, around Cheltenham where there is an existing third platform, and much of the corridor from Moorabbin to Highett. However if this was to proceed now it would be hugely expensive as all level crossings would have to be removed and stations rebuilt, as well as some property acquisitions where back fences would be moved. Not sure what they will do with the construction of Southland station.
I'm sure there were calls for grade separation at Glenhuntly at that time, but this was a complete non-starter. We were lucky to get the third track. There were plans for grade separation at Glenhuntly, but this was much earlier, when the plans for triplication extended all the way to Cheltenham (or was it Mordialloc?).
The plan was originally for triplication and grade separation through Glen Huntly, with a rejigging of the arrangement from Caulfield to Richmond in a Up Up Down Down arrangement (same between Richmond and Burnley). This was rejected by locals due to everything being elevated, especially after the separation of Oakleigh and the negative impact there. Because rail under road was considered too expensive, the entire project was cancelled.
According to this Monash Council history, money for the Warrigal Rd overpass at Oakleigh was provided in 1961, but construction did not commence until 1967 and the project was completed in 1968. Work on the Huntingdale overpass commenced in 1970.The plan was originally for triplication and grade separation through Glen Huntly, with a rejigging of the arrangement from Caulfield to Richmond in a Up Up Down Down arrangement (same between Richmond and Burnley). This was rejected by locals due to everything being elevated, especially after the separation of Oakleigh and the negative impact there. Because rail under road was considered too expensive, the entire project was cancelled.
Does anyone here know when the Oakleigh overpass was built?
Its a shame though, they are going to remove the third track by the Caulfield cup, does anyone know why?It's not being removed per se. After November 16th this year it's going to be decommissioned so that piling works can take place alongside the line. From what others have said, one of the outside tracks will be taken out of action for while construction works take place, then the track on the other side will be taken out of action. There will be two left in operation. There is a major shutdown of 34 days scheduled over June/July next year when the track is going to be regraded into the new station layouts.
I think from Caulfield to Glenhuntly it's the up track. But from just down of Glenhuntly to Moorabbin it's the down track. Don't ask me when and where extra bits were put in because I don't know. I do know that building the third track took a long time as it was a very stop-start project.When the third line was added which one was actually added? I always thought it was the Down track...
The third track to Moorabbin was useful, but ideally it should have gone at the very least to Cheltenham and really, to Mordialloc.In unusual foresight, parts of the corridor between Moorabbin - Mordialloc have provision for a third track, like the Nepean Hwy bridge at Mordialloc.
No, and no. One track will be temporarily taken out of use on 16 November to allow construction work.Its a shame though, they are going to remove the third track by the Caulfield cup, does anyone know why?
Really? Did this actually happen?