Goodwood Junction Underpass

 
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

We are running out of August 2013; when is Victoria Street LX going to open?
steam4ian

Well according to this it is now scheduled to be reopened by late September

http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/114822/Goodwood_Junction_Construction_Update_23_-_6_September_2013.pdf

Looks to me they are blaming weather as the reason why the level crossing hasn't been reopened.

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

That's a sleeping dog they should have let lie, lest people ask why they weren't ahead from the first six months of the year when rainfall was below average (both in the amount and the number of days with rainfall), or why a mere two extra rainy days compared to the long term July average caused such chaos.
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
This morning when I rode past the Victoria Street site there was the westbound signal barrier erected with no crossbucks. A crew was doing work aroung the footing for the signal crossbucks on the southern side for eastbound and its cabling. Nothing was being done on the northern side of Victoria Street.
  Tonsley213 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Everywhere except South Kensington
Testing about to begin.

http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/117367/GJU_test_trains.pdf
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Wow! And to think it's only almost a month since it was supposed to open in full...
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

After the Goodwood Underpass tests are done I hope they start full track testing from Adelaide to Oaklands as soon as possible (What I would give to see a train coming down Murray Tce again).

But at least seeing test trains going through the underpass is a clear indication the end of this long shut down is in sight now.

Would be nice to know what their testing schedule is like up until the line is ready to be reopened Im guessing it starts with testing of the underpass then a few weeks later track testing from Adelaide to Oaklands then a couple of weeks after that it would be full line testing for signal tests
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Interesting how the tests are include one for the very factor I suggest might be a problem.

If there was no doubt that the 3000s could make the grade there would be no reason for testing.

What are they going to do if a test is failed?
What will they do if the ride quality is unacceptable?
Are they going to wet the track and add in a few leaves or some grease?


That said, testing is smart to give operators a way of best negotiating the underpass. I can see drivers being faced with the temptation to use it as a roller coaster.

Are they going to load the test car with sand bags to simulate passenger mass. (Will sand be dense enough to simulate Adelaide passengers?)

Unless they go out to Tonsley Junction or Oaklands they will have to work bang road on at least part of the journey.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Fancy suggesting that any new line with any gradient would be put into use without test runs being done on both lines in both directions to determine the best driving techniques to be applied!

And that coming from one of the self-proclaimed "rail people" who should know better.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

FREE TRAIN RIDES

DPTI are issuing posters and fliers inviting locals near the Goodwood Underpass to a Gala in Forestville Park which includes train rides through the underpass.

Date November 10 (This year)
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
(this year)
"steam4ian"
Love it!
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

FREE TRAIN RIDES

DPTI are issuing posters and fliers inviting locals near the Goodwood Underpass to a Gala in Forestville Park which includes train rides through the underpass.

Date November 10 (This year)
steam4ian

Next day an announcement is made that they are cancelling the rides through the underpass due to it not being signed off by the regulator
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Next day an announcement is made that they are cancelling the rides through the underpass due to it not being signed off by the regulator
"Milkomeda"
So the PR dept has been going it alone and not talking to the safety guys again huh?
  jm1941 Chief Commissioner

Location: Mount Gambier
Next day an announcement is made that they are cancelling the rides through the underpass due to it not being signed off by the regulator
Milkomeda
There were rides through the underpass last Sat 10th.  Goodwood underpass


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