Goodwood Junction Underpass

 
  BillD Chief Train Controller


Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Workers are installing a culvert under the goods line adjacent to Goodwood Platform 4.
The culvert will carry the re-directed Brownhill Creek.
Work will continue through the night ahead of a train around 11am.



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  AFULE Chief Train Controller

Location: South Australia

Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Workers are installing a culvert under the goods line adjacent to Goodwood Platform 4.
The culvert will carry the re-directed Brownhill Creek.
Work will continue through the night ahead of a train around 11am.



"BillD"


Great pictures Bill, thanks.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks for the photos BillD

I noticed work going on on the SG line there today also.
  BillD Chief Train Controller

Glad you like the pictures people.
Here are a couple more, taken between Victoria  Street and Goodwood station.
Large front-end loaders are pulling up the track.




  85trainfan Train Controller

Location: If only I Knew, that would make 2 of us :)

Some Photos from works today. (Taken after works had finished for the day Razz
The Brownhill Creek Diversion Channel. 13 Segments already in Place.

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Pile Driver & High Tonnage Crane in position.

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SG to Belair anyone Smile

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One of the Former Points at Goodwood, Re-sleeperd and re-spiked located near the Goodwood Rd underpass.

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  62440 Chief Commissioner

I had a look around today and while on Richards Terrace noticed something surprising though maybe of interest only to track fans. The is a corro metal fence there with the panels held on by a waling of old rail. The rail is a DH section (Double Headed, which is symmetrical so it can be turned over when the first head is worn). This type of rail disappeared in the UK in the 19th century as they found that chair gall (the cast chairs wearing into the rail) made the rails unsuitable for turning so they went over to the Bullhead which is still in use and still produced.
I am aware there was some found in a siding in Victoria recently and it is listed in the rail section drawing of the NSWGR but I had not come across it in SA.
Someone from the NRM may be interested.
  2001 The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
How many homes were acquired then demolished due to the Brownhill Creek diversion ?  I know of at least two that were bulldozed.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.

SG to Belair anyone Smile




"85trainfan"


Low speed, driver!

  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
There is already some rail like that at the NRM 62440 it is from the old Stockade line that used to be at Yatala Prison. It is currently under 504 from memory in the Fitch Pavillion.
  62440 Chief Commissioner




There is already some rail like that at the NRM 62440 it is from the old Stockade line that used to be at Yatala Prison. It is currently under 504 from memory in the Fitch Pavillion.

"David Peters"

Thanks for that, interesting. When was the Stockade line built and was this a common rail in the very early days?

  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".

I imagine it would have been as the GWR in Britain was the pattern for the SAR and Brunel was a consulting Engineer in the early days of rail construction. Even up until the 1970's on wood open wagon's the top of each side timber was chamfered to prevent snow build up on the timber and thus cause it to rot. The only real difference in a lot of things was the gauge actually.

I cannot remember when the line opened but the actual line remained until the new Northfield Station was built the other side of Brien's Road to avoid a level crossing there. It was then removed in its entirety with some pieces of rails and chairs going to the then Mile End Railway Museum for display. At Mile end the Rx 93 stood on this track from memory.

  AFULE Chief Train Controller

Location: South Australia





There is already some rail like that at the NRM 62440 it is from the old Stockade line that used to be at Yatala Prison. It is currently under 504 from memory in the Fitch Pavillion.

"David Peters"

Thanks for that, interesting. When was the Stockade line built and was this a common rail in the very early days?

"62440"


June 1857

  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Thanks for that AFULE.
  hiddeous Junior Train Controller

Location: Brisneyland

thanks for the photos, please keep them coming

Pete

  BillD Chief Train Controller


20th Jan 2013.

Workers are preparing a diversion to shift the ARTC goods line over to where the Beliar line ran. This will allow excavation works to commence on the western side of the site.

As the Belair line is on gauge-convertible concrete sleepers, it appears that for some of the length they've simply moved the rail across to the standard gauge position. There is a considerable curve required to join the new works to the existing line at the Victoria St crossing. (You will see this curve in my first shot).

My first photo was taken with the camera held as high as possible, not kept very stable, and therfore of poor quality, but you'll get the idea.



In the second shot we find NR74 and NR75 "Ghan" loco's heading for the hills.



Bill.

  AFULE Chief Train Controller

Location: South Australia



20th Jan 2013.

Workers are preparing a diversion to shift the ARTC goods line over to where the Beliar line ran. This will allow excavation works to commence on the western side of the site.

As the Belair line is on gauge-convertible concrete sleepers, it appears that for some of the length they've simply moved the rail across to the standard gauge position. There is a considerable curve required to join the new works to the existing line at the Victoria St crossing. (You will see this curve in my first shot).

My first photo was taken with the camera held as high as possible, not kept very stable, and therfore of poor quality, but you'll get the idea.



In the second shot we find NR74 and NR75 "Ghan" loco's heading for the hills.



Bill.

"BillD"


Good stuff Bill, I appreciate the update.

  BillD Chief Train Controller


21/1/2013 - Early afternoon

The temporary ARTC diversion is mainly in place. The northern end was lined up as I was leaving, but welding was yet to be done.

The orange Hitach machine in the first shot was fitted with a large hook. This machine made its way backward and forward pulling the rail into its new alignment.

Trucks of ballast were arriving. At the rate they're going the line will probably reopen tonight but given the sharp turns involved I imagine that there will be a significant speed restriction through the works.



The next shot is taken from the hills end. The original ARTC alignment is on the left, diverting to the far right. Broad gauge suburban Belair line is in the bottom-right corner.



  justapassenger Minister for Railways


Good photos.

A speed restriction through there is still a better outcome for level crossing users than having the freight trains stopping completely with the rear end of the train still blocking the road.

  steam4ian Chief Commissioner


Thanks Bill.

Keep it up, keep us informed.

Now somebody can see why the Belair line is closed for the duration.

Regards
Ian

  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller




Thanks Bill.

Keep it up, keep us informed.

Now somebody can see why the Belair line is closed for the duration.

Regards
Ian

"steam4ian"


I've seen too many people who live near the Belair line complaining about it. The Belair line had to be closed there was no other choice there isnt even an option to have the train terminate at Unley Park due to the nature of the track and there being no depot.

Question to anyone here. After the upgrade is complete the 3 lines will be separated right? From the concept animation I saw is the freight line running on the right over the underpass and the Belair line running on the left over the underpass while the Noarlunga line is running in the underpass beneath the freight and Belair Lines is this correct?

  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me



Question to anyone here. After the upgrade is complete the 3 lines will be separated right? From the concept animation I saw is the freight line running on the right over the underpass and the Belair line running on the left over the underpass while the Noarlunga line is running in the underpass beneath the freight and Belair Lines is this correct?
"Milkomeda"


Well left or right depends on which way you look at it.

The previous layout at Goodwood station from East to West was:-

BG (Belair) - BG (Down Noar) - BG (Up Noar) - SG

The new layout at Goodwood will be (from East to west)

BG (Down Noar) - BG (Up Noar) - BG (Belair) - SG

For the purists Belair is the South Main, and Noarlunga is the South Suburban.

  6020 Class Station Staff

Location: Banned

Why swap the lines over??

from what I saw in the paper the noarlunga line went under the Artc tracks only and the hills line was unchanged

  steam4ian Chief Commissioner




Why swap the lines over??

from what I saw in the paper the noarlunga line went under the Artc tracks only and the hills line was unchanged

"6020 Class"


That is a good question particularly as an early "artists impression" showed the lines in the same place only at different depths.

I think the new arrangement gives a better clearance under the SG line and keeps the excavation out from between tracks. Note how the NC line crosses under the SG line  more obliquely. A more recent factor might be that the Seaford/NC lines with Tonsley are the only ones to be electrified. Keeps the electrification to the south platforms at Adelaide although the stancheons appear to be up for the entire yard throat.

The change does create a difficulty with the temporary showground platfrom. The other question is will the Seaford/NC line will have access to both the South Main and South Suburban after Goodwood. some have argued this is not important but often the Tonsley stopping service left ARS before the NC express services. The old South main became single after Keswick which allowed a turnback for the showgrounds platform; I think that just happened and was not planned.

Regards
Ian

  normangerman Junior Train Controller

According to DPTI, a new Wayville station will be built closer to the showgrounds, replacing both Keswick Station and Showground Central.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways


I expect that will be deferred indefinitely though, since it's clearly not essential at this time and money is a major issue at this time. The DPTI's own submission to Parliament for the grade separation project included a non-specific mention of an upgrade to Keswick that was to be deferred until later, but I would not be surprised if it dies completely, considering the tight space available and the expensive need to build it to full DDA standards.

Done right, the crossovers north of Leader St should be able to work for continued use of something similar to the current Showgrounds Central routine (i.e. all regular trains running through platforms 3-4 at Keswick, Show shuttles through 1-2) as well as being exactly the same layout needed if the "overtaking" routine with peak stopping/express trains continued. I'm not in favour of having trains overtake each other on that section*, not when an all-stops train only loses 5-6 minutes over an express to Woodlands Park.

Even with the current Keswick station though, I think it would be better to serve the Show by dumping the Showgrounds Central platform and running a special event timetable using the Belair line - two trains per hour through to Belair with strengthened consists and two shuttles stopping at Keswick before terminating at Goodwood. No gate to the Showgrounds is too far away from public transport then, not when you add together Goodwood station (south-western corner), Keswick station (north-western corner), the purpose-built bus bays in front of the Goyder Pavilion and the normal bus stops on Leader Street and Goodwood Road.

* having a Seaford stopping train wait at Brighton platform 2/3 for an express to overtake could work well though!

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