NSW Northern Mainline blocked once again

 
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
This is not looking good

Agree not looking good. Just a note on the attached "Tim Flannery should return his salary" comment: Climate change means less reliable rain (as Flannery said), not that it won't rain at all. In fact warmer air is able to hold more water so more intense downpours causing flooding and risk of washaways are to be expected.
dm211060
He specifically said that reservoirs in the big cities would never fill again.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
“The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has temporarily ceased operations through the Hunter Valley Network between Newcastle and Maitland and the Interstate Network between Telarah and Grafton due to localised flooding.

“This was done as a precautionary measure, following extreme weather conditions across the region.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/network-update-1-nsw-extreme-weather
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
This is a really extraordinary rain event no matter what political persuasion you follow - over 100cm which is 30 inches in old scale. Mind boggling - the sort of thing that is usually only confined to the Top End and northern WA.
  tom9876543 Chief Train Controller

Hi Bevan,

Thank you for the photo of Wauchope Railway Bridge with the flood waters underneath.

Looking at the actual bridge, it seems there is a fair amount of rust on the steel beams?

Does the bridge have a rust problem?
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
There is some significant damage on the NC Line, I have read reports of a couple of Landslides at various locations, there's some buckled rail around the Telegraph Point area, who knows how much more damage there is further South, ARTC have a big job ahead of them to get the trains back up and running.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Hi Bevan,

Thank you for the photo of Wauchope Railway Bridge with the flood waters underneath.

Looking at the actual bridge, it seems there is a fair amount of rust on the steel beams?

Does the bridge have a rust problem?
tom9876543
The photo does not show problem rust, you can't see such problems from such a distance until it is extreme.
The paint IS wearing thin (literally) and showing the red lead primer, and it is time for this bridge to receive some love.
Note, paint is not to make the bridge look good, it is a protective coating, nothing else.

The 'yellow' bridges built by Chullora during the 70s & 80s have a chemically bonded protective coating. They have a plaque riveted onto the main girders stating that they are NOT to be painted, but to contact the principal structures engineer if there is a  concern.
  tom9876543 Chief Train Controller

Hi Bevan,

Thank you for the photo of Wauchope Railway Bridge with the flood waters underneath.

Looking at the actual bridge, it seems there is a fair amount of rust on the steel beams?

Does the bridge have a rust problem?
The photo does not show problem rust, you can't see such problems from such a distance until it is extreme.
The paint IS wearing thin (literally) and showing the red lead primer, and it is time for this bridge to receive some love.
Note, paint is not to make the bridge look good, it is a protective coating, nothing else.

The 'yellow' bridges built by Chullora during the 70s & 80s have a chemically bonded protective coating. They have a plaque riveted onto the main girders stating that they are NOT to be painted, but to contact the principal structures engineer if there is a  concern.
Lockspike
Thank you Lockspike for explaining how the bridges are painted. Very interesting info!

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