SBC Standing Notice

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
6/06/2018    1143  2018  GEN  6/06/2018 
 
Standing TN1054/2016 issued on 17/06/2016 is CANCELLED; the following now applies.
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Operation of Loram Shoulder Ballast Cleaner (SBC34) on the ARTC Network
Standing Train Notice 1054/2016 issued on 17/06/2016 is now cancelled and replaced with the following to permit operation under the control of track signals and to allow independent operation of SBC34LS as a spilt consist on the ARTC network, subject to the following operating conditions:

When operating under signal indication in Victoria and South Australia an appropriately qualified safeworker must be travelling in the lead vehicle.

SBC34 comprises (all coupled together):
SBC34L - Loader car
SBC34S - Screen car
SBC34F - Flat car
SBC34C - Crew car
OVERALL LENGTH - 82.3 metres
OVERALL Mass - 236 tonne
Maximum speed is 80 km per hour.

SBC34LS comprises (coupled together)
SBC34L - Loader car
SBC34S - Screen car
OVERALL LENGTH - 48.5 metres
OVERALL Mass - 164 tonne

SBC34LS shall be limited to 30km/h. when operating under own power as a single vehicle.

It may be towed by a locomotive at 80km/h.

Conditions of Operation:
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1. SBC34 is classified to operate signals and may work as a train under signal indication when operating under its own power or when hauled by a locomotive.
When SBC34 is travelling as a train in the area covered by the Code of Practice for the Defined Interstate Rail Network;
a. Item (d) of 6.4.3 Movement over level crossings of the Code of Practice:
- does not apply where the movement involves travelling over passive controlled level crossings, and
- when travelling Loader Car leading (SBC34L), must not travel at a speed greater than 50km/h over passive controlled level crossings.

2. SBC34LS is not approved to operate signals when operating under its own power and must be block worked at all times.

3. SBC34LS when operating in reverse, Screen Car leading must be piloted by a suitably qualified person preceding the movement.

SBC34 and SBC34LS have three modes of operation:
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1. Travel Mode:

SBC34/34L when operating in travel mode must operate under the following conditions:

a. The top 5 buckets on each cutting wheel must be removed

b. The cutting wheels must be fully retracted and locked

c. The swing conveyer, broom and wing must be bolted/pinned down to prevent movement during Travel Mode.

2. Operating in Work Mode:

When operating in Work Mode with all buckets attached and cutting wheels engaged the Shoulder Ballast Cleaner (including SBC34LS) is out-of-gauge and MUST be operated under the following conditions:

a. Within the confines of the worksite a survey of structures must be completed.
To ensure there is adequate clearance for SBC34 to pass.

b. A documented list of structures approved for passing must be provided to the operator prior to commencing the movement. Where this cannot be provided to the operator, SBC34 must STOP prior to any structure and ensure adequate clearance is available prior to proceeding.

Multiple line areas:
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When travelling or operating in Work Mode in multiple line areas the Shoulder Ballast Cleaner MUST be operated under the following condition:

a. SBC34/34LS must be stationary with the affected cutting wheel and plough retracted and the swing conveyor centralised if required prior to rail traffic passing SBC34 on the adjacent line.

3. Operating in Intermediate Work Mode:
When SBC34/34LS is required to move between worksites or from the worksite to a stabling location within or at the end of a safeworking section it may travel in Intermediate Work Mode with the cutting wheels retracted and without the requirement to remove the 5 buckets from each cutting wheel.

When travelling in Intermediate Work Mode the Shoulder Ballast Cleaner (including SBC34LS) is vertically out of gauge on lines not approved for double stack operations and MUST be operated under the following conditions:

a. A survey of structures must be completed prior to the movement to ensure there is adequate clearance for SBC34 to pass.

b. A documented list of structures approved for passing must be provided to the operator prior to commencing the movement. Where this cannot be provided to the operator, SBC34 must STOP prior to any structure and ensure adequate clearance is available prior to proceeding.

4. Special operating conditions for SBC34LS:
RECOVERY of disabled SBC34LS from the conveyor end.

SBC34LS has auto couplers on both ends but at the Screen Car end the discharge conveyor overhangs the coupler by approximately 3m. This prevents the direct coupling of a locomotive.

At all times when operating in split mode the flat and crew cars (SBC34 F&C) shall be positioned to allow coupling of the flat to the SBC or an additional flat wagon shall be available in an accessible siding.

Australian Rail Track Corporation

AUTHORISED BY: Operations Support Manager, Interstate Network.