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Heritage-style rail gates will be reinstalled at a major Ballarat level crossing this Sunday.
The wooden display gates were removed from Humffray Street in July for restoration works, but a return date was confirmed this week.
The Humffray Street gates will remain stationary on either side of the road between the tracks, near the former Ballarat East station.
Heritage advocates have been calling for the gate restoration for some time, noting their deterioration.
According to the state government, as part of the restoration process, the gates were transported to Benalla in the state's north-east so the timber could be treated, and also went to workshops in Yea and Broadford for specialist treatment.
Sunday: Crews work to re-install the gates. Picture: Luke Hemer
The Humffray Street level crossing will soon have its gates returned. Picture: The Courier
The gates were removed in July. Picture: The Courier
Similar gates were in operation at Lydiard Street until a train crashed through the southern set in May 2020 - the street reopened with a temporary boom gate earlier this month.
V/Line chief executive Matt Carrick said it will be "fantastic" to have the Humffray Street gates back in place.
"This is a fantastic example of the old and the new, and we value both, we're investing in the future but we value the past," he said.
Work is continuing on a permanent solution for Lydiard Street that acknowledges the site's heritage, but state Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll could not confirm when more will be revealed.
"I was just so pleased to see traffic moving quicker than it was than the old gates," he said.
"It's something we're still working through, I've dealt directly with the planning minister, heritage partners, council - we want to preserve the precinct, and I've learned a lot about the British railway system through Lydiard Street, the 1860s system, but we do have to modernise it and put safety first.
"We're leaving no stone unturned in making sure everyone can be proud of Lydiard Street."
V/Line's wayside monitoring facility project manager Don Flynt with V/Line chief executive Matt Carrick, public transport minister Ben Carroll, and Wendouree MP Juliana Addison. Picture: The Courier
The Humffray Street announcement came as the minister visited the $14 million train maintenance inspection facility at the rail sidings - the tall shed near the level crossing was built earlier this year, and will soon come online.
According to the state government, it will allow trains to be monitored while moving, a first for Victoria, with one site in Ballarat and one in Bendigo.
Recording a live train provides engineers with more information about the condition of the train than a visual inspection alone, and will assist maintenance provider Alstom, which has a site nearby.
This article first appeared on www.thecourier.com.au
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