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Pimpinio Loop Extension Works

As part of the project to extend a number of crossing loops between Melbourne and Adelaide work is underway at Pimpinio Loop this week.

The original turnout at the down end of the loops has already been removed and the number two track extended just over 300 metres to make it long enough to hold 1,800 metre trains.

The superseded signals are being removed and their replacements will be commissioned before the loops is again made available for crossing trains by the end of the week. - Wed 29 June 2016.


Victorian rail investment to benefit entire industry

GrainCorp has welcomed the Victorian government's recent announcement of $8.5 million to upgrade State-owned rail sidings at major grain silos around the State.

Five railway sidings in the Wimmera will be amongst seventeen throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales that will be upgraded.

The investment by the Government will address lost time and poor train utilisation caused by slow train loading facilities at country sites, and inefficient track layouts at most sites that require excessive shunting.

This complements GranCorp's Project Regeneration initiative which will see them invest up to $80 million to improve their infrastructure to enable quicker out loading of the grain into trains.

The local sites to benefit from this funding are Beulah, Murtoa, Nhill, Rainbow and Warracknabeal.

GrainCorp's Regional Manager for Victoria, Peter Johnston, said the investment would deliver significant benefits across an important regional industry.

"The Victorian government's investment complements GrainCorp's own investment of up to $80 million across key sites on the Victorian rail network. These upgrades will deliver improved rail efficiency for the users of GrainCorp's open network and reduce costs," Mr Johnston said.

"The primary beneficiaries of this investment are Victoria's grain growers, as greater rail efficiency will unlock at least $5 per tonne that goes into their pockets through sharper prices for their grain.

"The many customers using our network will also benefit from significantly improved rail efficiency, allowing them to get Victoria's crop to its destination as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"Local communities will see a major reduction in heavy vehicle movements as around half a million tonnes of grain each year is returned to rail. This means less wear and tear on local roads and improved safety.

"Investment in the government-owned rail infrastructure is critical to GrainCorp's ability to deliver the benefits of our major Project Regeneration initiative. We are pleased to be able to partner with the Victorian government to deliver these outcomes and we congratulate them on their proactive approach and vision to grow one of Australia's most important industries."

"We hope the Federal government will deliver similar investment in ARTC infrastructure at Murtoa and Nhill," Mr Johnston said. - Mon.2.May.2016

Article courtesy of the - Dimboola Courier


 
The first train to load grain at the Bow Hill facility north of Rainbow in September last year.
 
Rainbow is one of the five locations in the Wimmera that will benefit from this funding announcement.

 

Infrastructure Projects in Western Victoria

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) are currently undertaking two significant infrastructure projects in the Dimboola area on the main Melbourne to Adelaide railway line.

Pimpinio Loop, between Dimboola and Horsham, is one of four crossing loops on this line that are being extended to facilitate more efficient timetabling of 1800m long trains. The others include Pyrenees Loop near Ararat, Murtoa Loop, Diapur Loop and Mile End in suburban Adelaide in South Australia.

The work to be carried out at each site includes earthworks, construction of additional track sections, installation of new turnouts and the repositioning of signalling equipment and installation of new LED signals.

Work began in October last year at Pyrenees Loop with the required earthworks, with the equipment to undertake this work moving west as this task was completed at each site.

This was followed by the installation of the track and eventually the signalling and commissioning.

It is anticipated that Pimpinio Loop should be completed by April this year, and the whole project completed by July.

The second task is the replacement of the steel deck on one of the rail bridges that span the Wimmera River at Lochiel.

The railway line is carried over the river on a series of five bridges with embankments in-between, with the fourth span from the east crossing the main channel. The bridge being upgraded is the one to west of this.

Work began last week, and it is anticipated that it will be completed by the end of this week (Fri.11.3.2016). - Tue.8.3.2016


 
NR55 and NR66 leading PM5 through the work site at the down end of Pimpinio Loop just after the new turnout had been installed - Thu.25.2.2016
 

 
Lochiel bridge number 5 which is having its deck replaced.
 


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