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Level crossing news .

Level crossing news . New South Wales Boggabri Coal line. New level crossings were provided for the Boggabri Coal Access Road (private road) at 528.270km (Boggabri Coal line) and at 528.293km (Maules Creek line). The level crossings were commissioned from 10/10/2017, and were equipped with flashing lights, audible warning devices and boom barriers. Ganmain (Junee – Griffith line). Lake Street level crossing at 538.083km. Flashing lights, warning bells and boom barriers were provided on 16/01/2018 (previously passive). Marrar (Junee – Griffith line). Marrar North Road level crossing at 508.522km (also known as Pucawan – Wagga Road). Flashing lights, warning bells and boom barriers were provided on 30/01/2018 (previously passive). Victoria Armytage (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Prices Lane level crossing at 127.981km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 06/12/2017 (previously passive). Ballarat Lydiard Street level crossing at 113.896km. Magnetically latched pedestrian emergency exit gate locks were provided from 18/12/2017. These gates operate in conjunction with the existing pedestrian motorised gates and the heritage road interlocked gates. Birregurra (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Powers Lane level crossing at 132.600km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 13/11/2017 (previously passive). Birregurra (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Whytcross Lane (also known as Whytcross Road) level crossing at 130.550km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 07/12/2017 (previously passive). Bowser (Seymour – Albury line). Bourke Road level crossing at 239.242km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 13/11/2017 (previously passive). Buckley (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Mount Pollock Road level crossing at 105.549km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 12/12/2017 (previously passive). Campbellfield (Melbourne – Upfield line). Camp Road level crossing at 16.059km. The level crossing and associated pedestrian crossings were closed from 13/12/2017, being replaced by an overline bridge located at 16/030km. Cheltenham (Caulfield – Frankston line). Heather Grove pedestrian crossing at 21.840km. The work to commission motorised pedestrian gates, which was programmed for 16/09/2017 (see November 2017 RD, page 49), was deferred and occurred from 11/10/2017. Dobie (Ballarat – Ararat line). Brady Road level crossing at 201.198km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 25/10/2017 (previously passive). Dunnstown (Melbourne – Ballarat line). Tierney Road level crossing at 104.156km. The existing flashing lights were upgraded with the provision of boom barriers on 11/12/2017. Epsom (Bendigo – Echuca line). Heinz Street level crossing at 167.309km. The existing flashing lights equipment was upgraded from 14/11/2017 with the provision of boom barriers. Garvoc (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Recreational Reserve Road (previously known as School Road) level crossing at 233.836km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 15/11/2017 (previously passive). Holmesglen (Burnley - Glen Waverley line). Collins Street pedestrian crossing at 16.005km. Motorised pedestrian gates, fitted with magnetically latched emergency exit gates, were provided on 30/11/2017 (previously passive). The location of the crossing was altered to 15.993km. Hughesdale (Caulfield – Dandenong line). Poath Road level crossing at 15.377km. The Down side pedestrian crossing was permanently closed and removed from 14/10/2017 in order to facilitate level crossing removal works. Kyneton (Sunbury – Bendigo line). Mollison Street level crossing at 91.433km. Magnetically latched emergency exit gates, operating in conjunction with the existing motorised pedestrian gates, were provided on 02/11/2017. Panmure (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Vickers Road level crossing at 238.153km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 07/10/2017 (previously passive). Parkdale (Caulfield – Frankston line). Parkers Road level crossing at 26.009km. Magnetically latched pedestrian emergency exit gates were commissioned on 21/12/2017. Pettavel (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Willowite Road level crossing at 92.172km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 12/12/2017 (previously passive). Pomborneit (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Craigs Lane level crossing at 181.080km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 05/12/2017 (previously passive). Pomborneit (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Carters Road level crossing at 185.648km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were commissioned on 05/12/2017 (previously passive). Rosanna (Clifton Hill – Hurstbridge line). Rosanna Station pedestrian crossing at 15.356km. This pedestrian crossing was permanently closed against public access, in conjunction with level crossing removal works from 10/12/2017. The crossing was re-opened from 11/12/2017 for access purposes for Project staff (grade separation works and new station construction), pending completion of the Project. Terang (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Cameron Road level crossing at 221.687km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 15/11/2017 (previously passive). Terang (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Coombes Road level crossing at 226.182km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 14/11/2017 (previously passive). Terang (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Pekins Lane (previously known as Harris Lane) level crossing at 222.903km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 14/11/2017 (previously passive). Wendouree (Ballarat – Ararat line). Forrest Street level crossing at 122.303km. Motorised pedestrian gates with magnetically latched emergency exit locks were provided on 12/12/2017. These operate in conjunction with the existing flashing lights and boom barriers. Winchelsea (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Austin Road level crossing at 113.011km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 18/11/2017 (previously passive). Winchelsea (Geelong – Warrnambool line). Ondit Road level crossing at 116.199km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 08/10/2017 (previously passive). Wodonga (Seymour – Albury line). Old Barnawartha Road level crossing at 294.899km. The existing flashing lights were upgraded with the provision of boom barriers on 30/11/2017. Woodvale (Bendigo – Swan Hill line). Rileys Road level crossing at 177.903km. Flashing lights and boom barriers were provided on 13/10/2017 (previously passive). 44 RAILWAY DIGEST

The access road to Silver Lake mining’s “Imperial Majestic” mine crosses the Trans line at 1730.525km, part way between Curtin and Golden Ridge, WA. Unsurprisingly given the interface here between heavy haul road vehicles and numerous trains, the crossing is equipped with flashing lights and boom barriers. The crossing is powered entirely by “green” power, with solar panels and a small wind turbine visible to the right of the roadway. The cost of installing electricity to such a remote site rather than environmental concerns is thought to have driven this design, one that might be useful elsewhere in Australia. The inset shows the equipment closer up. Peter Donaghy Though Racecourse sugar mill, at Mackay, Queensland, has not had a steam locomotive on its roster since the 1960s, this nevertheless descriptive road sign warns motorists travelling east along Stotts Road, Ooralea, of an impending level crossing of a 610mm-gauge line running south from Racecourse mill to nearby canefields. In the middle distance, Mackay Sugar’s Clyde HG-3R 0-6-0DH Seaforth heads out to pick up a load of cane, on Saturday 28 October 2017. John Scott FEBRUARY 2018 45

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