T/CONTROL BOUNDARIES MELB BOARDS

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
22/01/2014    165  2014  GEN  22/01/2014 
 
Train Notice 3177/2012 is now cancelled and the following operational protocols will now apply for the Melbourne Metro Board between West Footscray and Tottenham and Tottenham Junction to Newport and Tottenham Triangle

OVERVIEW
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The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller operates the points and signals on the ARTC Dual gauge and Standard gauge Main Line and Local Line. The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller also operates signal WFS42 and WFS44 for moves from Tottenham yard or from the Up Independent Goods Line to the up dual gauge Local Line and Main Line.

The VLP Signaller Centrol operates the points 41 and 43 on the BG at West Footscray Junction and provides a BG release to ARTC for movements to proceed from the Dual Gauge lines to the down independent goods line or to Tottenham yard.

The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller operates the CTC signalling between Tottenham Junction and Somerton Loop where the Melbourne Metro Control board interfaces with the North East board controlled by the ARTC Network Controller at NCCS Junee at Somerton Loop.

MOVEMENTS TO TOTTENHAM OR DOWN INDEPENDENT GOODS LINE
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When a BG movement requires to be signalled from the up or down independent goods line toward Tottenham yard or the down independent goods line, the VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall first set the route for the movement and then provide the slot release allowing the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller to operate signals WFS14 or WFS2.

MOVEMENTS FROM TOTTENHAM OR UP INDEPENDENT GOODS LINE
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When a BG movement requires to depart from Tottenham Yard or proceed from the up independent goods line, the VLP Train Controller shall first obtain permission from the ARTC Network Controller and then if permission is granted ,set the route for the applicable BG movement and then advise the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller.

Upon confirmation that the route is correctly set the ARTC Network Controller may then operate the respective signal (WFS42 or WFS44) for the movement to proceed.

FAILURE OF SIGNALS TO ASSUME A PROCEED ASPECT, WEST FOOTSCRAY JUNCTION
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For standard gauge movements the ARTC Network Controller shall issue a Signalman’s Caution Order to pass signals WFS2 or WFS14 at stop. The driver must also be advised as to which line the Signalman’s caution order will apply to either Main Line or Local Line.

In the event that signal WFS14 or WFS2 fails to assume a proceed aspect for a BG movement, or signals WFS42 or WFS44 fail to assume a proceed aspect, the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller will issue a Signalman’s Caution Order as authority to pass these signals at stop.

Prior to granting the authority to pass the signal at stop, the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller must first liaise with the VLP Train Controller at Centrol and advise of the failure and also confirm that the points are correctly set and blocking commands have been applied.

Details of the Signalman’s Caution Order provided shall be recorded on the ARTC Network Controllers train graph

In all instances, prior to authorising movements to pass signals at stop the route shall be confirmed on the control systems and blocking commands applied.

*Point operations

The points at West Footscray Junction are provided with dual control point machines and shall be operated by competent Employee or train crews as directed by the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller

MANAGEMENT OF MOVEMENTS, TOTTENHAM JUNCTION AND TOTTENHAM TRIANGLE
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The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller operates the points and signals on the ARTC SG at Tottenham Junction and interfaces with the VLP Train Controller at Centrol for BG movements to and from Tottenham yard, and the up and down independent goods lines from Brooklyn and Sunshine.

The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller also interfaces with the ARTC SW Network Controller for SG movements to or from Newport, The VLP Train Controller for BG movements to the West Line between Brooklyn and Newport and the MTM Signaller at Newport for BG moves

The VLP Train Controller CENTROL operates the points and signals along the up and down independent goods line and into or from Tottenham yard. The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller interfaces with the VLP Signaller CENTROL at points 35 providing BG access to or from the Brooklyn line, and the grade crossing at Tottenham Junction.

Points 35 are operated by the VLP Train Controller at Centrol and when operated will alter the control of signals TOT32 and TOT36.When points 35 are in the normal position, signals TOT32 and TOT36 are operated by the VLP Train Controller at Centrol for BG movements toward Sunshine (this requires the grade release from ARTC Network Controller).

When points 35 are in the reverse position, signals TOT32 and TOT36 are operated by the ARTC Melb Metro train controller for BG movements toward Brooklyn

In addition, the VLP Train Controller at Centrol will provide a slot release for signal TOT20 for BG movements to proceed toward the up independent goods line or towards Tottenham yard.

GRADE CROSSING RELEASES - Tottenham Triangle
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At Tottenham there are two separate grade crossing releases provided for the operation of BG services across the two legs of the triangle via the up and down independent goods lines for moves to and from Sunshine, Grade crossing release 23 is located at the East leg and Grade crossing release 25 is located at the West end of the Triangle

Both releases are shared by the ARTC Network Controller and the VLP train Controller and are managed by the means of a Release and Accept sequence,
Both grade releases can only be provided on the condition that points 17 on the east leg and points 9 and 19 on the west leg of the triangle are set in the normal position

When both releases have been accepted by the VLP train controller, Signals TOT/32, TOT/36 and TOT/34 are available to be operated as required by the VLP Train Controller and in addition a medium speed indication will be available on signal TOT/40

BG MOVEMENTS via the UP and DOWN INDEPENDENT GOODS LINE
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When a BG movement is required to proceed along the up or down independent goods line, the VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall request the grade release from the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller.

Provided the correct conditions exist, the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller shall operate the release and the VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall accept the release and then operate the appropriate signals for the required movement.

In agreement with the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network controller, there is no requirement for the VLP Train Controller at Centrol to immediately cancel the release allowing continued BG movements.

If there are no movements requiring the release, the Train Controller at Centrol may cancel the release and accept the release as required, as arranged with the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller.

During the period that the release is cancelled, the ARTC Network Controller may accept cancellation of the release as required for a standard gauge movement.

SG MOVEMENTS TO AND FROM BROOKLYN
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The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller and the ARTC SW Network Controller shall liaise with each other regarding the priority of SG movements between Tottenham and Laverton Loop.

The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller and the ARTC SW Network Controller shall liaise with each other regarding the priority of SG movements between Tottenham and Laverton Loop.

In addition, The ARTC Melbourne Network Controller and the ARTC SW Network Controllers prior to signalling any SG movements from either Tottenham Junction or Laverton Loop MUST first communicate with each other by means of a taped phone and come to an understanding of which SG move will be signalled between Tottenham Junction and Laverton Loop

A prompt will come up on the Phoenix Signalling screen 'Can ASW accept train' at Tottenham and 'Can Melb Metro accept train' at Laverton Loop will flash and the departure signals will only call until the prompt has been acknowledged by the ARTC Network Controllers

BG MOVEMENTS FROM BROOKLYN
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When a BG movement is required to proceed from Brooklyn to the up independent goods line or Tottenham Yard, The ARTC Network Controller must advise the VLP Train Controller and confirm that the movement can be accepted and request a slot release for the movement.

Provided the movement can be accepted the V LP Signaller CENTROL shall provide the slot release for signal TOT20 and reverse points 35 and other points on the route as required

The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller shall then allow the BG movement to depart from Brooklyn and head towards Tottenham Junction.

Note: Provided the VLP Train Controller has advised the BG movement can be accepted, It is not necessary for the VLP Train Controller to immediately provide the slot release for the BG movement and the BG movement may approach signal TOT20 provided the move will not impact on SG services

BG MOVEMENTS TOWARD BROOKLYN
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When a BG movement is required to proceed from Tottenham yard or the down independent goods line toward Brooklyn, the VLP Train Controller shall advise the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller of the movement including the signal from which the movement will proceed and then and reverse points 35.

The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller shall operate Signal TOT32 or TOT36 for the BG to depart and head towards Brooklyn.

McINTYRE LOOP TO TOTTENHAM TRIANGLE
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SG train movements proceeding from McIntyre Loop towards Brooklyn will be speed proven on the approach to automatic signal MGS 122 at a speed of 55kph.

Upon the successful speed proving, Signal MSG 122 will then display a medium speed warning indication and Number 9 points will then become available and may be operated to the reverse position and signal TOT/8 can be cleared for the SG moves to head towards Brooklyn.

After signal TOT/8 has been cleared, Automatic signal MSG 122 will then display a 'reduce to medium speed' indication in conjunction with an illuminated AD on the route indictor.

FAILURE OF SIGNALS TO ASSUME A PROCEED ASPECT, TOTTENHAM JUNCTION
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The ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller will issue a Signalman’s Caution Order (form 2377) as authority to pass signals at the stop position in the event that a signal fails to assume a proceed indication for a movement applicable to the ARTC main line.

For standard gauge movements Signals TOT/28, TOT/18 and TOT/6 are classified as CTC Home Departure signals at Tottenham Junction for SG moves towards McIntyre Loop. The authority to pass the signals at stop is the issue of a CTC Caution Order in accordance with the applicable CTC rules.

In the event that signals TOT/8 , TOT/6, TOT/18, TOT/28, TOT/32 and TOT/36 fail to assume a proceed aspect for a movement toward Brooklyn, The ARTC Network Controller shall issue a Signalman’s Caution Order as authority to pass the signal at stop .The VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall issue the Authority for BG movements to pass signals TOT/32, TOT/36 for moves to Sunshine.

(*) In the event signal TOT/8 fails for a Standard Gauge movement,The ARTC Network Controller will issue a Signalamns Caution Order to pass the signal at Stop.The driver must be advised of the line whicj the Rail movement will travel over Main Line or Local Line

(*) For standard gauge movements Signal TOT/20 is classified as a CTC Home Departure signal at Tottenham Junction for SG moves towards McIntyre Loop. The authority to pass this signal at stop is the issue of a CTC Caution Order in accordance with the applicable CTC rules.

(*) In the event that signal TOT/20 fails to assume a proceed aspect for a SG movement toward West Footscray or a BG movement to Tottenham Yard or the Up Independent Goods Line, The ARTC Network Controller after conferring with the VLP Train Controller shall issue a Signalman’s Caution Order as authority to pass the signal at stop

In the event of signals TOT32, TOT36 or TOT34 fail to assume a proceed aspect the VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall authorise the movement to pass the signal at stop after liaising with the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller.

In the event of signal TOT40 fails to assume a proceed aspect the VLP Train Controller at Centrol shall authorise the movement to pass the signal at stop.

Details of the authority provided by the VLP train controller Centrol shall be recorded in the train register book.

In all instances, prior to authorising movements to pass signals at stop the route shall be confirmed on the control systems and blocking commands applied.

FAILURE OF POINTS
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The points at Tottenham Junction are provided with dual control point machines and shall be operated by competent employee or Train Crews as directed by the ARTC Melbourne Metro Network Controller or the VLP Train Controller at Centrol.

MOVEMENT OF ROAD / RAIL VEHICLES - TRACK MACHINES
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When the ARTC Network Controller authorises a Road Rail vehicle to pass a signal at stop to transverse the Tottenham Traingle.It must be first ensured that the route is correctly set for the intended movement and that the appropriate sleeving or blocking commands have been applied to the points and blocking of signals.

The Driver of the Road Rail vehicle or track machine must be advised of the route the movement is to take.

The driver of the Road Rail vehicle or Track Machine must confirm each set of points prior to passing over them and ensure the movement is proceeding along the route set as advised by the ARTC Network Controller.

*Note
At Tottenham Number 9 and 19 points will self-restore to the normal position unless they are sleeved or blocked by the ARTC Network Controller.