New line ‘low class’
THE Australia Rail Track Corporation is racing to avoid the newly converted V/Line track between Melbourne and the Border turning to mud.
An independent expert says the line is low class and likely to turn to mud “very quickly” without immediate act pandora charms uk ion.
The report commissioned and published by the ARTC blames shoddy track construction in the 1970s and neglect by a succession of state and federal governments for the creation of mudholes that last year caused trains to violently dip, sway and in some instances pull apart.
The danger to drivers and passengers saw speed restrictions over 200 kilometres of the line and forced the XPT to use buses between the Border and Melbourne.
Yesterday ARTC spokesman Brad Emery said about two thirds of the remedial work had been completed.
He believes the remainder will be completed in the coming months.
His comments came as the first full set V/Line passenger train made its first test run to the Border yesterday ahead of paying passenger services resuming later this month.
It was the first train to travel past Seymour since December 2008, ahead of the $ pandora charms uk 524million project that changed the line from broad gauge to standard gauge and created the Wodonga rail bypass.
V/Line’s James Kelly said the ride was a mixed bag but motion sensors would determine whether it meets safety standards.
“Sometimes it was smooth, other times a bit rough but we will wait to get the results of accelerometer before making any statements,” he said.
But the ARTC’s independent report by Cantrell Rail Services said action was needed immediately on the line.
pandora charms uk “The broad gauge track that was converted to standard gauge between Seymour and Albury is basically a low class standard track,” it said.
“This track needs to be tamped and raised with new ballast.
“If the work is not done soon and depending on how much traffic, it could turn to mud very quickly.”
A separate ARTC report says little or no maintenance happened on the track in almost 30 years.
“The line between Melbourne and Albury was constructed in the 1970s, with the material for the formation being sourced locally from within the confines of the corridor,” ARTC North South general manager Alec MacKenzie said.
“As far as can be ascertained no significant maintenance occurred between construction and the take up of the lease by ARTC in 1998.
“It appears that the only major works completed prior to 1998 was tamping of the track each year.”
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