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Re: Media Articles

Postby eurokiwi78 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:47 pm

MacRiada wrote: It's pretty good news from the sound of it.

The Lyttelton line/Main South line out to Rolleston looks like it could become quite a bit busier in the near future. The only problem is that a cycle track is planed to be built on the rail corridor from Rolleston to Heathcote, so increasing the number of (rail)roads to meet demand is not going to be possible.


surely there would be room left along the corridor between isligton and rolleston for double track reinstatement? Its double line between Islington and Heathcote already.

Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby john-ston » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:54 pm

eurokiwi78 wrote:Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.


That's good - I wonder how much of that is related to the success of Taieri Gorge?
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Re: Media Articles

Postby greenwelly » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:59 pm

john-ston wrote:
eurokiwi78 wrote:Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.


That's good - I wonder how much of that is related to the success of Taieri Gorge?


Porbably also increasing traffic out of the newly expanded Edendale Fonterra factory to their Mosgiel store site and then on to Port Chalmers...
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Re: Media Articles

Postby Gibbo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:00 pm

eurokiwi78 wrote:
MacRiada wrote: It's pretty good news from the sound of it.

The Lyttelton line/Main South line out to Rolleston looks like it could become quite a bit busier in the near future. The only problem is that a cycle track is planed to be built on the rail corridor from Rolleston to Heathcote, so increasing the number of (rail)roads to meet demand is not going to be possible.


surely there would be room left along the corridor between isligton and rolleston for double track reinstatement? Its double line between Islington and Heathcote already.

Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.


I'm sure it'll be fine - the term rail corridor refers to the designation of the land on which the railway is build - it's always wider than just the trackbed, in many cases it will be quite substantially wider. Given that this area was once double-tracked the designated corridor almost certainly will be fairly wide through there.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby Gibbo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:11 pm

john-ston wrote:
eurokiwi78 wrote:Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.


That's good - I wonder how much of that is related to the success of Taieri Gorge?


From what I understand the key driver is the amount of traffic between Dunedin & Wingatui where Taieri Gorge, Fonterra & MSL traffic are all combined - the Fonterra store traffic being the catalyst - with more expected if Otago Port open a planned inland hub right next door to the Fonterra stores. TWC is proving to be to be causing too many delays on that section as controllers are busy with other lines as well, one drawback of centralised control.

AIUI the CTC will run from South Dunedin thru to the points into the Taieri sidings (Fonterra) and include the existing passing loop on the MSL a few hundred metres south of Wingatui junction.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby Gibbo » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:21 pm

MacRiada wrote:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/6907032 ... er-traffic

It's pretty good news from the sound of it.

The Lyttelton line/Main South line out to Rolleston looks like it could become quite a bit busier in the near future. The only problem is that a cycle track is planed to be built on the rail corridor from Rolleston to Heathcote, so increasing the number of (rail)roads to meet demand is not going to be possible.


Rolleston will indeed become a very busy place with 2 inland hubs & Westland Dairy's sidings.

If you look in Google maps you can now see the Timaru Port's inland hub & the siding deviating off the Midland line. Trains to & from the south into their hub won't have a direct route unless the south leg of the Rolleston triangle is re-instated but haven't heard of any such plan. I thought there was only the 2 roads in the Rolleston yard so if that is the case then running locos around there could be disruptive, but I guess it's a case of wait & see before too many more $$$ are spent.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby duddley » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:23 pm

Sounds like they may need some DL's down there.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby eurokiwi78 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:31 am

duddley wrote:Sounds like they may need some DL's down there.


Perhaps but with the coal downturn there should be plenty of DX locos floating around. The coal programs gone from 7 trains a day to 8 trains a week or something, a substantial reduction.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby dave the rave » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:01 pm

eurokiwi78 wrote:
duddley wrote:Sounds like they may need some DL's down there.


Perhaps but with the coal downturn there should be plenty of DX locos floating around. The coal programs gone from 7 trains a day to 8 trains a week or something, a substantial reduction.


Yikes - this is a crazy reduction in train movements on the Midland line - can anyone verify this? what about the coal trains from Rapahoe???
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Re: Media Articles

Postby Kahukowhai » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:20 am

dave the rave wrote:
eurokiwi78 wrote:
duddley wrote:Sounds like they may need some DL's down there.


Perhaps but with the coal downturn there should be plenty of DX locos floating around. The coal programs gone from 7 trains a day to 8 trains a week or something, a substantial reduction.


Yikes - this is a crazy reduction in train movements on the Midland line - can anyone verify this? what about the coal trains from Rapahoe???


What mining, if any, takes place in the Rapahoe vicinity now? As far as I know - none.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby Kahukowhai » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:21 am

eurokiwi78 wrote:
MacRiada wrote: It's pretty good news from the sound of it.

The Lyttelton line/Main South line out to Rolleston looks like it could become quite a bit busier in the near future. The only problem is that a cycle track is planed to be built on the rail corridor from Rolleston to Heathcote, so increasing the number of (rail)roads to meet demand is not going to be possible.


surely there would be room left along the corridor between isligton and rolleston for double track reinstatement? Its double line between Islington and Heathcote already.

Interestingly the section between dunedin and mosgeil (also previously double track until the 80s) is being upgraded from Track Warrant Control (dark territory) to CTC at the moment.


Haven't you learned by now? Kiwirail will give any land anywhere for road or cycleway use even if it has sidings on it.
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Re: Media Articles

Postby MacRiada » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:55 pm

13 crashes at new Christchurch bus interchange
Bus drivers are blaming a "complete flop" of an automation system for 13 bus crashes at Christchurch's new bus interchange. The regional council (ECan) has blamed "driver error" for the crashes at the $53 million Lichfield St facility which opened on May 25. Two of the crashes were bus-to-bus collisions. Six crashes involved a reversing bus hitting a temporary fence. Four involved buses hitting a bollard and one involved a bus hitting the right side of the bay when reversing.

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The Amalgamated Workers' Union (Awunz) raised concerns over the interchange's design last March. Awunz assistant secretary Lindsay Chappell said ECan's attribution of crashes to driver's not checking their rear view mirrors was "incorrect". Bus drivers were led to believe automation and computer systems were going to resolve sole reliance on rear view mirrors, he said. They have blind spots directly behind them where they can't see anything." Chappell said the systems were meant to ensure only one bus reversed at a time. However, up to three buses sometimes competed for space. "It's like a dodgem track in there." Issues with the automation systems were occurring daily, Chappell said. "It's just been a complete flop, by the sounds of things." Drivers were venting their frustrations to the union on a daily basis, he said. "They're putting up with enough stress on the roads around Canterbury without having to deal with this."

ECan operations director Wayne Holton-Jeffreys said the had been a noticeable improvement in crashes as drivers became more familiar with the required manoeuvres. Lines painted on the bays have made "a significant difference" to drivers' lining their buses up to enter or exit the bay, he said. Similar bus interchanges in Hamilton and the United Kingdom used the reversing design. A Christchurch Central Development Unit spokesman said claims the interchange design was unsafe were "unfounded".
"There are numerous examples around the world where bus exchanges or stations have reversing buses and operate safely and effectively," he said. The design and layout of was computer modelled and field tested by bus drivers, he said. "Aside from a small number of incidents from more than 10,000 bus movements to date, it has worked well." Safety measures included lights indicating when it was safe for drivers to reverse, and mounted cameras allowing drivers to see the area behind their buses, the spokesman said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6 ... nterchange

No surprises here.

There has been suggestions that it has been built for the inter-city bus lines, in order to limit the extent of public transport in the Greater Christchurch Area.
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