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Three-day shut-down of railway line

Article Category  Western Victorian Railfan Guide > Articles
Date Published  Friday 18th August 2023
Author  Dimboola Courier
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Three-day shut-down of railway line

The railway line through Dimboola will be quieter than usual this weekend as the mainline between Melbourne and Adelaide is closed for three days for essential maintenance and improvement works.

The line manager, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), will carry out thirty separate maintenance activities worth more than $8 million over the three-day track possession, which will allow significant access to the rail corridor to complete a wide range of works at multiple locations that cannot be achieved between train services.

The line will be closed from 9 am tomorrow, Saturday, 19 August, and reopen from the Victorian end at 6 pm Monday, 21 August and 2 am Tuesday, 22 August, from the South Australian end.

The maintenance will include replacing fourteen kilometres of rail, removing five hundred metres of mudholes, clearing dangerous trees near the track, upgrading the Queen Street subway structure in Ararat, originally built in 1916, and geotechnical work in the Adelaide Hills.
“ARTC continues to invest in the Melbourne to Adelaide line to make it more resilient and reliable for our freight customers, passengers and consumers.

“ARTC has made every effort to minimise disruption to services, and we thank the community for its patience while these critical infrastructure improvements are underway.”

- Costas Kokkoni, ARTC General Manager of Asset Maintenance Services.
The closure will affect all freight services on the line, including inter-state intermodal and intra-state grain, and the Sunday departure from Adelaide and Monday departure from Melbourne of the Overland, the only passenger service on the line.

Several trains may run at different times through Dimboola tonight before the shutdown comes into force tomorrow morning, and it is then anticipated to be several services will run at different times than usual once the line reopens on Tuesday morning, with road users warned not to become complacent around level crossings.

This article was originally published on the Dimboola Courier.