The wait continues for report on Lydiard St rail gate smash

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 28 Jul 2020 10:12
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out

Has there ever been a study into any relationship between level crossing accidents and the type of whistle fitted to the locomotive/railcar involved?
YM-Mundrabilla
Judging by the Americans no amount of 5 chimes will make a difference.

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  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Works to begin this week to reopen Lydiard Street
AUGUST 22 2021

Hayley Elg

Crews will begin preparing to reopen the Lydiard Street crossing this week, the state government says.

V/Line will begin "non-destructive digging" (NDD) and preparation work at the level crossing from Wednesday, building on similar works undertaken at the site in June.

To take place during approximately six weeks, the works will include preparation of the site to "ensure the major works required to reopen the road can be started without delay once the heritage approval process is completed", V/Line chief executive, Matt Carrick, said.

Works will be completed by a team of about 30 people, who will conduct boring, install pits and repair asphalt.

While there will be no impact to train services or pedestrian access across the level crossing, there will be additional dust and noise in the area due to the works taking place.


The main road into Ballarat's central business district has been closed to traffic since a Wendouree-bound train smashed into the crossing's heritage gates on the night of May 30, 2020.

Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said authorities recognised the ongoing closure had been "frustrating for the Ballarat community".

"We're doing everything we can to get it safely reopened to traffic," he said.

It comes after the government announced it would invest more than $10 million through the state's 2021-2022 budget to update and reopen the thoroughfare "in line with modern safety standards in place across the state" earlier this year.

This work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/7397086/works-to-begin-this-week-to-reopen-lydiard-street/?cs=62
  8502 Train Controller

Why has this taken so long to get to this stage.
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

"Rome wasn't built in a day, Minister."
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

This is a joke! Either repair the original gates, or install boom barriers to replace them.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

This is a joke! Either repair the original gates, or install boom barriers to replace them.
Duncs
Heritage Gates  go and replaced with booms short term to allow roadway to be re-opened.

Yet another  VLP  BLUE  HILLS  saga .
  bruce burrow Beginner

Out of interest and not particularly in relation to this article , do railcars and locomotives come equipped with driver seat belts and or airbag restraint systems?
I can understand that the airbags in particular would not be fittable in some locomotive cabins but I wonder if they could be ( or are) found in vehicles like the Velocity.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
No, they don't.

There was a discussion here not long back about it, and even after 15 years up the front, I'm still actually in favour of it, particularly considering an accident where you end up on your side or similar. But as other Driver's rightly point out, there's as many drawbacks as advantages and the Union probably wouldn't have a bar of it...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
This is a joke! Either repair the original gates, or install boom barriers to replace them.
Heritage Gates  go and replaced with booms short term to allow roadway to be re-opened.

Yet another  VLP  BLUE  HILLS  saga .
kuldalai
What will come first?
The repairs/replacement or the report on the cause?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

No, they don't.

There was a discussion here not long back about it, and even after 15 years up the front, I'm still actually in favour of it, particularly considering an accident where you end up on your side or similar. But as other Driver's rightly point out, there's as many drawbacks as advantages and the Union probably wouldn't have a bar of it...
KRviator
I agree, seat belts will be such a highly political issue that it will be avoided in Australia until a major rail system elsewhere has deployed them so successfully that the unions are leading the cause to get them fitted.

The problem there would be getting the required data to show they work. You would hope that a rail system respectable enough to trust as a source of that data would also have a hard time getting enough data points to form a conclusion, because they do a better job of preventing their trains from hitting other things.

As for air bags, the basic knowledge I have of car air bags would suggest they would be very hard to make work in the cab of a locomotive or multiple unit. They almost certainly wouldn't be an option if not accompanied by seat belts, as they would just throw the driver around the cab and cause further injuries.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Couple of comments.

Seat belts in V’locity trains for drivers won’t happen. The sets to 79 have the passenger protection by means of a crumple zone, incorporates the cab. Drivers will insist on ability to escape quickly. Understandably.

They are installing sanding on the 13 cars now. When/if they get them working ok, I expect they will so advise ATSB, who will then release a Report finding that the train lost adhesion but with the new sanders will now be fine. Nothing more to see here!

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