Goodwood Junction Underpass

 
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I am going with ... No ...
Aaron
Aaaand Saturday was announced by one CF last night, anyone else note that she hardly sounded confident when interviewed on the opening? I also note she said the bustitutes would be running on both Saturday and Sunday. I'll believe the line is open when the trains are running...

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

It's been used before, for storing track machines.
steam4ian
I saw a Jumbo consist there one weekday morning only a couple of years ago. I imagine that it was there on some sort of test run, or to get out of the way of scheduled services while on the way up to tow a broken 3000 consist home from Belair.

Having this kind of redundancy and spare capacity is very much a good thing for the operation of the Belair line, and ironically makes the single track route the most resilient part of the whole network in times of disruption. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if a Jumbo consist ground to a halt a couple of stations to the north of Salisbury, with no crossovers available for use between there and Gawler!

Saw another test train heading through Blackwood this afternoon.

Aaaand Saturday was announced by one CF last night, anyone else note that she hardly sounded confident when interviewed on the opening? I also note she said the bustitutes would be running on both Saturday and Sunday. I'll believe the line is open when the trains are running...
Aaron
The Adelaide Metro website may be even worse at telling the truth than the Murdoch/Rinehart cartels, but it did say that for the first two days of train operation the buses would also operate to ensure ar$es are covered when there is the inevitable failure.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

I've seen two trains today.

One this morning at Clapham (no Heath it passed through without stopping) and at Torrens Park, where it stopped before moving on the Mitcham.
Tonight I saw one crossing Leader Street.

Regards
Ian
  rwatts Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide SA
And another using the siding for turn-back just around 19:10 at Blackwood.  As Ian says, they don't really have to as they could use the platforms but I guess there must be good reasons for using the siding other than to irk Heath.

Richard.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I guess there must be good reasons for using the siding other than to irk Heath.

Richard.
"rwatts"

I like to think it's someone at DPTI train control with a sense of humour using it just because of Heath...
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

It might not be out of humour though, doing the opposite of Heath's lunatic demands might be the current policy for making logical decisions these days.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Ok so the Belair Line is now officially open I took one  picture this morning I probably should've taken more especially of the underpass but I was a bit lazy there.

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I went on a train ride up to Belair this morning and coming into the city on the N4 they were doing signal tests or something with the boom gates because the gates were down at Leader Street and there was no trains coming past. Train ride up to Belair felt pretty smooth the driver had to drive pretty slowly from Anzac Highway Bridge to past the underpass though due to construction probably. Coming back to the city on the train felt more like I was on a bus because the train was stationary for about 5 minutes at Mitcham waiting for the other train then another almost another 5 minute wait past Goodwood station.

At Blackwood station one of the Wilson security guards was asking the driver if the line was back in service seems they didnt really know either.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

At Blackwood station one of the Wilson security guards was asking the driver if the line was back in service seems they didnt really know either.
Milkomeda
Drivers with Light City Buses didn't know what was happening either, a couple of weeks ago I got on a 601 at Blackwood after dropping my bike off with my mechanic and the driver asked me if the train had stopped yet as he didn't want to leave passengers behind. And that was with a "BELAIR LINE REOPENING JULY 14" sign posted on the bus stop pole, in clear sight from his position at the front of the bus.

Communication between the different service providers seems to be very low.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Drivers with Light City Buses didn't know what was happening either, a couple of weeks ago I got on a 601 at Blackwood after dropping my bike off with my mechanic and the driver asked me if the train had stopped yet as he didn't want to leave passengers behind. And that was with a "BELAIR LINE REOPENING JULY 14" sign posted on the bus stop pole, in clear sight from his position at the front of the bus.

Communication between the different service providers seems to be very low.
justapassenger
You mean they are supposed to communicate!
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Had a run to Belair today, worth a trip to see what is happening

Quite a bit of earthwork still happening in the down platform

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Quite a hive of activity in the north dive. Roof of the creek diversion is visible just past the end of the platform

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Track on slab looks complete through the bridge section, next bit getting ready to pour, bit to go for the rest.

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  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The project appears to be moving well 62440.

Slight problem observed on the southern dive at the weekend. One rail and chairs had been unbolted and there was a big jack under the rail.

Ian
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The project appears to be moving well 62440.

Slight problem observed on the southern dive at the weekend. One rail and chairs had been unbolted and there was a big jack under the rail.

Ian
  62440 Chief Commissioner

A few more shots from a trip today[bigimg]http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y501/62440/IMG_1279_zps6c2fac41.jpg[/bigimg]
Down Seaford platform still being worked on today

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Victoria Road over the dive is advancing well. Quick closure coming up for the level crossing

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Looks like they are about ready to connect the up line.

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Dive definitely taking shape
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Interesting article on page 16 of todays Sunday Fail about workers at the Goodwood Underpass work site getting death threats from residents!!!!
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Interesting article on page 16 of todays Sunday Fail about workers at the Goodwood Underpass work site getting death threats from residents!!!!
Pressman

Im gonna guess its either because of the noise levels in the area or the fact the Noarlunga Line has been closed for 8 months.
  mclaren2007 Assistant Commissioner

Location: recharging my myki
SA - The Whinging State
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Im gonna guess its either because of the noise levels in the area or the fact the Noarlunga Line has been closed for 8 months.
Milkomeda
My guess would be that it would be due to houses cracking and crumbling due to the vibrations associated with the work, and that the government doesn't want to know about it.

Along with the Marion Station Stabbers Haven being approved it's definitely one of the low points of democracy in South Australia.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Im gonna guess its either because of the noise levels in the area or the fact the Noarlunga Line has been closed for 8 months.
"milkomeda"
My guess would be that it would be due to houses cracking and crumbling due to the vibrations associated with the work, and that the government doesn't want to know about it.
"justapassenger"


Main complaint mentioned in the article was Dust and Noise.
From what I have seen, it appears more of a problem on the east side than the west side
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Main complaint mentioned in the article was Dust and Noise
Pressman
Well all I can say to them all is get a life for Gods sake. A major thing like that you have got to expect a bit of inconvenience for a while, it is not like they were not warned about the dust and noise. These idiots that think that digging a great hole in the ground can be done without any dust or noise are just not all there, you have to expect something. Common sense not being used here by the looks.

Oh and before any one mouths off at me I live next door to a park which was formerly a pughole and had to be filled in years back when I was a young child and over time the council here tried to make it a football oval  about 20 years ago and failed and that had a lot of work needed to be done on the block and then later had to dump dirt on it to make mounds for the existing park which has only been there a little while now. So I know all about noise and dust coming from such sites we had 3 goes at it from the same site. It is not like it was going to go on forever and now that the Goodwood underpass is all but finished they will have to find something else to complain about.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I agree DP, next thing you know they'll complain that the re-openned Victoria St crossing bells ring too often!

It's interesting, we had a small group b tch when the Gallipoli underpass was done, Yet I've heard next to no grumbles about all the South Rd disruptions through Regency Park. (Far far worse than Goodwood )
Go figure!

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  Ex-NSW Rail Beginner

Yet I've heard next to no grumbles about all the South Rd disruptions through Regency Park. (Far far worse than Goodwood )
Go figure!

Edit: Curse the word replacer!
Pressman
Hmm - I was told on the weekend, that more than a few very personally directed threats were delivered to a particular DPTI senior manager, who some short time later found some other concreting work to go and do at the other end of Adelaide, where their engaging personality again brought love, peace and harmony to the (new) local community.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

We are running out of August 2013; when is Victoria Street LX going to open?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
We are running out of August 2013; when is Victoria Street LX going to open?
"steam4ian"


Yep August is gone, Victoria Street crossing is now bitumised, but no signs of cross bucks and booms as yet.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Appears to be a shut down today on the Belair line.
Signal Gantries are up and signals fitted and working at both ends of Millswood Loop.

Overhead Portal posts and beams going up North of Mile End station
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
Appears to be a shut down today on the Belair line.
Signal Gantries are up and signals fitted and working at both ends of Millswood Loop.

Overhead Portal posts and beams going up North of Mile End station
Pressman
Can confirm partial closure.

B1 Substitutes running full line length connecting with a Railcar at Mitcham Station, which is running between Belair and Mitcham.

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