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Great news thanks Rudd.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/5...de-for-victorias-northeast-20080530-2jqo.html
$500 million rail link upgrade for Victoria's north-east


May 30, 2008 - 12:02PM

Rail links between Melbourne and Sydney will be imlproved under a $500 million upgrade of Victoria's north-east rail corridor, it was announced today.


The joint Victorian and federal government project will deliver a long-awaited rail bypass around Wodonga and upgrade 200km of track to standard gauge.

For passengers and freight operators the project promises faster trains and more reliable rail services.

Announcing the North-East Rail Revitalisation Project in Wodonga today, Victorian Premier John Brumby said it would provide a first-class passenger and rail freight link between Melbourne and Sydney.

"It is great news for people living and working in regional centres such as Seymour, Wangaratta, Benalla and Albury-Wodonga who will have access to both V/Line and interstate CountryLink services once a new standard gauge track is constructed," he said.

"That's five return services each day along the north-east corridor that will be faster, more comfortable and more reliable."

The project includes construction of a five kilometre bypass around Wodonga, upgrade of 200km of broad gauge track to standard gauge between Seymour and Albury and rail upgrades between Melbourne and Seymour, including new passing loops.

Three V/Line passenger locomotives and 15 passenger carriages will be refurbished and converted to standard gauge and new platforms will be constructed
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Under the $501.3 million deal, the Commonwealth government will provide $330 million through the AusLink program and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

The Victorian government's contribution is $171.3 million.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Melbourne-Sydney route was Australia's busiest interstate freight corridor, with freight expected to grow by 70 per cent in the next 20 years.

"New rail freight infrastructure gets goods to markets more efficiently, helping to alleviate the capacity constraints on our economy," he said.

The ARTC will manage the project, which is set to start later this year.

Works are due to be completed in 2010.

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How is this a new rail link?

Mods please change thread title to "VIC North East Line Standardisation" or something like that.
 

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How is this a new rail link?

Mods please change thread title to "VIC North East Line Standardisation" or something like that.
Because part of it is a NEW line if you read the article and 200KMS is being upgraded to standard gauge!

How do you think trains get to Sydney from Melbourne HUH?
 

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Because part of it is a NEW line if you read the article and 200KMS is being upgraded to standard gauge!

How do you think trains get to Sydney from Melbourne HUH?
What it consists of is:

- Wodonga Rail Bypass
- Standardisation of 200km of BG line from Seymour to Wodonga
- Construction of platforms on the existing SG line

That does not constitute a new line from Melbourne to Sydney. The only new bit of line in the whole thing is ~3km of the Wodonga Rail Bypass.

Do you consider resurfacing of the Hume Highway + a 3km deviation to be a new highway between Sydney and Melbourne?
 

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Do you consider resurfacing of the Hume Highway + a 3km deviation to be a new highway between Sydney and Melbourne?
The Prime Minister has announced today a plan to revomilutionise travel in Australia. Costing a quarter of a billion dollars, the Hume Highway Project will include resurfacing works and the construction of a brand new 300,000 centimetre deviation that will bypasses ATownThat'sNotBallina.
 

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Does this mean that currently there is no standard gauge into Melbourne?

If so what happens - people change trains in Wodonga?

What freight operators will benefit do you think? QR National / Pacific National?

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There is already a single SG line into Melbourne with passing loops. The project simply converts the existing single BG track which runs alongside it into standard gauge to provide two SG tracks.
 

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...to all us gunzels, this isn't even news. :lol:
"gunzel" - is that like a train spotter?

I must admit I'm not up with all the train info -even for my local area.

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New - lol

New would be fast rail down the coastal alignment, or a separate route inland.
 

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I was momentarily excited when i opened this thread, But this news barely warrants a thread.
 

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I was momentarily excited when i opened this thread, But this news barely warrants a thread.
Its not every day ANY rail project in the Nation gets $500 million spent on much needed improvements esp the main line between the two biggest cities.
 

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Its not every day ANY rail project in the Nation gets $500 million spent on much needed improvements esp the main line between the two biggest cities.
You're precisely right. But the "gunzel gang" here considers it not even newsworthy: and the best they can do is suggest a new title for the thread. Perhaps they can remember the last time the Federal Government contributed $500 million to a rail infrastructure project?

The project is, of course, newsworthy, which was why it was on the news last night. It delivers:

200 extra kilometres of extra double track on the standard gauge network between Melbourne and Sydney.

Now the GG's aren't great on quantitative stuff until you present something: then they contradict it. The standard gauge main line from Sydney to Melbourne is 960 km in length. From Sydney, it's double track to Junee: 483 (say 480 ) km away: it's half way, unless you want to nit-pick over a kilometre or three.

From Junee to Melbourne (c. 480 km) it's single track: except for passing loops, and some arrangements in Western Melbourne which are sufficiently complex not to warrant mention here. From Seymour to Wodonga is 202 km: and to Albury another 6. Let's round figures again: 200km.

In other words, from 480 km (plus a bit in Melbourne which is shared with other traffic) the double-track section of the line will be extended from 50% to more than 70%: but that isn't even news here!

Let's go a bit further. This project (according to the MOT release):

  • provides 200 km more double track on the NE mainline (in Victoria)
  • will build 5 (not 3) km of new line to by-pass central Wodonga
  • provides for a new station in Wodonga, and new platforms elsewhere along the line
  • provides for additional standard gauge passing loops between Melbourne & Seymour
  • opens up the prospect (formerly canvassed) of extending V/Line services to Wagga Wagga
  • includes re-gauging and re-fitting 3 broad-gauge locos and 15 broad-gauge carriages to service the line (for those who think, note the previous point)
  • eliminates 11 level-crossings in Wodonga
  • is not a simple regauging of the current track, but an upgrading of it. Two statements were made here:

    30% of the track is under speed restrictions at the moment

    the track would be upgraded to standards "comparable" to those on the VFR network.

To me that means realigning, reballasting, replacing the rail, replacing the sleepers (with concrete) and upgrading the signalling system ... there are guys on this forum, of course, who could do it for a quarter of the cost ...
 
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