ARARAT-MARYBOROUGH LINK LINE

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
13/08/2020    1980  2020  GEN  13/08/2020 
 
ARARAT - TEMPORARY WORKING ACCESS VIA MARYBOROUGH LINK LINE
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Note: Standing TN1959/2020 is replaced by the following:

APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING ROUTE:
NEWPORT TO PYRENEES LOOP

ARARAT
Commencing Friday 14/08/2020 the following will apply for the operation of rail movements at Ararat.

OVERVIEW
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This train notice is to be read in conjunction with Standing Train Notice 324/2019, Signalling and Train Control Functions Maroona - Pyrenees Loop.

This train notice is to be read in conjunction with Standing Train Notice 1981 / 2020, ARARAT - Management of Movements.

The Ararat Yard is operated by the Ararat Yard Signaller under the direction of the ARTC Network Controller as part of the Murray Basin Project, the signaller is the responsibility of V/Line.

The signaller is located at the Ararat Yard to manage all rail movements between the ARTC Main Line, Ararat Yard and the Maryborough Line. This signaller is referred to as the Ararat Yard Signaller.

The Ararat Yard Signaller will have no interaction with the issue of Train Orders or Train Authorities between Ararat, Ararat Yard and Maryborough.

Operators requiring access to Ararat yard must obtain authority from the Ararat Yard Signaller prior to requesting passage from the ARTC network controller.

SIGNAGE
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The following signage is provided for Maryborough Line standard gauge operation at Ararat:

On the Maryborough Line at 274.000Km for trains proceeding to Maryborough:
‘STOP BOARD 2 OBTAIN AUTHORITY FROM ARARAT YARD SIGNALLER PRIOR TO PROCEEDING’,

On the Maryborough Line at 271.500Km for trains proceeding to Maryborough:
‘COMMENCE TRAIN ORDER WORKING’.

On the Maryborough Line at 271.500Km for trains proceeding to Ararat:
‘STOP BOARD 1 OBTAIN AUTHORITY FROM ARARAT YARD SIGNALLER PRIOR TO PROCEEDING’, and
‘END TRAIN ORDER WORKING’.

On the Maryborough Line at 269.330Km for trains proceeding to Ararat:
‘LOCATION BOARD: 2670m ARARAT STOP’

At facing points 27 on the ARTC Main Line train proceeding toward Melbourne: -
‘POINTS 27 BERTH TRACK’

At the fouling point of points 7d in the Ararat Yard for trains proceeding in both directions on the Maryborough line: -
‘FP’

ARARAT YARD SIGNALLER SIGNING ON AND OFF DUTY
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The Ararat Yard Signaller will be on duty for all movements to and from the Ararat Yard however may cease duty should rail operations permit.

When ceasing duty, the Ararat Yard Signaller must advise the ARTC Network Controller and the V/Line Train Controller and provide contact details and the commencement time of the next Ararat Yard Signaller.

When commencing duty, the Ararat Yard Signaller must advise the ARTC Network Controller and the V/Line Train Controller that they are in attendance.


(a) ARARAT - MARYBOROUGH LINE OVERVIEW


Ararat is the Junction Station for the V/Line Maryborough line, the junction being connected to the ARTC Adelaide to Melbourne main line 50 metres on the Adelaide side of Alfred St level crossing.

The points are operated by the Ararat Yard Signaller under the direction of the ARTC Network controller

Train Order Working in accordance with the 1994 Book of Rules and Operating Procedures is in force between Ararat and Maryborough.


(b) RAIL MOVEMENTS FROM MAROONA TO THE MARYBOROUGH LINE

Prior to a rail movement departing Maroona (from the Portland Line) or Tatyoon Loop (on the main line) the rail movement must come to a stand either on the main line or the crossing loop to obtain a train order from the V/Line Train Controller to proceed beyond Ararat;

If the rail movement cannot be accepted by the V/Line Train Controller it must be held at Tatyoon Loop or Maroona.

Rail movements proceeding to the Maryborough line must be issued a train order prior to departing Tatyoon Loop or Maroona, the train order must commence with the following text:

‘PROCEED FROM ARARAT TO ..’.

The driver of the rail movement must advise the ARTC Network Controller that the rail movement has been issued a train order.

Provided the rail movement has been issued a train order to proceed beyond Ararat the ARTC Network Controller must:

- Place signal 265/6 to the ‘Stop’ position and apply a blocking command;

- Operate the signalling to advance the rail movement from Maroona to Ararat, and

- Advise the Ararat Yard Signaller that the proposed arrival time of the rail movement at Ararat and provide permission for the Ararat Yard Signaller to operate points 11d

The Ararat Yard Signaller must proceed to points 11d and:

- Unlock the padlocks, remove the point clip and set the points to ‘Reverse’, and

- Lock the hand throw lever in the reverse position.

The Ararat Yard signaller must then proceed to points 11u and:

- Observe that the rail movement has come to a stand at signal 265/6;

- Contact the ARTC Network Controller and advise that the rail movement is at a stand at the signal, and

- Obtain permission from the ARTC Network Controller to operate points 11u to the ‘Reverse’ position.

The ARTC Network Controller must:

- Confirm that the Grade Release has not been provided to the V/Line Train Controller;

- Confirm that a release has not been provided on points 7 and 27;

- Apply a Blocking Command on the Grade Release, Points 7 and 27, and the signalling between Maroona and Pyrenees Loop, and

- Provided the correct conditions exist, grant permission for the Ararat Yard Signaller to operate points 11u for the rail movement to proceed to Maryborough.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must:

- When granted, unlock the padlocks, remove the point clip and operate the selector lever to the ‘Hand Operating position;

- Set the points to ‘Reverse’;

- Lock the hand throw lever in the reverse position, and

- Advise the ARTC Network Controller that the route has been set for the rail movement.

The ARTC Network Controller must:

- Confirm with the Ararat Yard Signaller that the route is correctly set, and

- Issue a Condition Affecting Network (CAN) for Western Hwy and Alfred St level crossings;

- Issue a Train Authority to the driver of the rail movement to pass signal 265/6 at the ‘Stop’ position with the following wording:

‘PASS SIGNAL 265/6 AT STOP,
PROCEED TO STOP BOARD 4
MARYBOROUGH LINK LINE’

The Driver must record the CAN and Train Authority and repeat back the information to the ARTC Network Controller. Once it is confirmed that the repeat back is ok, the driver can then control the rail movement in accordance with the CAN and the Train Authority.

The driver of the movement must not exceed 10km/h towards the Western Highway Level Crossing and must observe the booms in the horizontal position prior to passing over the level crossing.

Upon the movement approaching, and provided the correct conditions exist, the Ararat Yard Signaller may authorise the rail movement to pass Stop Board 4.

Immediately the last vehicle clears points 11u, the Ararat Yard Signaller must:

- Restore the points to the ‘normal’ position;

- Operate the selector lever to the ‘motor’ position;

- Apply the point clip, and lock the point clip and point levers with special padlocks;

- Confirm that the rear of the rail movement has cleared Stop Board 4 and advise the Driver of the rail movement, and

- Advise the ARTC Network Controller that 11u points are set normal and secured.
The Driver, when advised by the signaller that the rail movement has cleared Stop Board 4, may contact the ARTC Network Controller and cancel the Train Authority.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must then proceed to points 11d, and upon the rear of the rail movement clearing the points, the Ararat Yard Signaller must:

- Advise the Driver that the rail movement is clear of the ARTC main line;

- Restore the points to the ‘normal’ position;

- Operate the selector lever to the ‘motor’ position;

- Apply the point clip, and lock the point clip and point levers with special padlocks, and

- Advise the ARTC Network Controller that 11d points are set normal and secured.



(c ) RAIL MOVEMENTS FROM THE MARYBOROUGH LINE TO MAROONA

Prior to an up train departing Maryborough, the V/Line Train Controller must confer with the ARTC Network Controller and ensure that the rail movement can be signalled toward Ararat and that there are no opposing movements planned to proceed from the ARTC main line onto the Maryborough line at Ararat;

If the train cannot be accepted owing to an opposing train, the train must be held at Maryborough;

If the train can be accepted onto the ARTC main line at Ararat, the V/Line Train Controller may issue a Train Order to advance the train toward Ararat from Maryborough;

- Upon the train passing the Ararat Location board, the driver must contact the Ararat Yard Signaller and seek permission to pass ‘Stop Board One’, and

- The Ararat Yard Signaller must confer with the ARTC Network Controller and establish that the train can be accepted.

The ARTC Network Controller must:

- Confirm that there are no rail movements or occupancies between Pyrenees Loop and Maroona, and no routes are set or stored for a movement;

- Confirm that the grade release, or points 7 and 27 have not been provided;

- Apply a Blocking Command on the Grade Release, Points 7 and 27, and the signalling between Maroona and Pyrenees Loop;

- Provided the correct conditions exist, grant permission for the Ararat Yard Signaller to set points 11d and 11u to reverse and advise the Ararat Yard Signaller that the rail movement can be advanced to Stop Board 3.

Once the ARTC Network Controller has committed to the rail movement from Maryborough towards Maroona it must be completed.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must proceed to points 11d and:

- Unlock the padlocks, remove the point clip and set the points to ‘Reverse’, and

- Lock the hand throw lever in the reverse position.

- Authorise the driver of the rail movement to pass ‘Stop Board 1’ and proceed to ‘Stop Board 3’;

- Proceed to points 11u, and

Unlock the padlocks, remove the point clip and set the points to ‘Reverse’, and

- Lock the hand throw lever in the reverse position

- Upon the movement coming to a stand at ‘Stop Board 3’, advise the ARTC Network Controller that the rail movement is at a stand at ‘Stop Board 3’, and the route has been correctly set for the rail movement.

The ARTC Network Controller must:

- Confirm with the Ararat Yard Signaller that the route is correctly set, and

- Issue a Condition Affecting Network (CAN) for Alfred St and Western Hwy level crossings;

- Issue the driver of the rail movement a CAN and a Train Authority for the movement with the following wording:

'Proceed from Stop Board 3
to Maroona Signal 244/26’

The Driver must record the CAN and Train Authority and repeat back the information to the ARTC Network Controller. Once it is confirmed that the repeat back is ok, the driver must advise the Ararat Yard Signaller that the Train Authority has been issued.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must:

- Provide the driver permission to pass Stop Board 3;

- Upon the movement commencing to move, operate the test switch on the Alfred St Level Crossing;

- Once the movement has cleared the Alfred St Level Crossing complete, cancel the test switch and lock the cabinet;

- Then advise the driver that the last vehicle has cleared points 11u;

- Restore the points 11u to the normal position, operate the selector lever to the ‘motor’ position;

- Apply the point clip, and lock the point clip and point levers with special padlocks, and

- Advise the ARTC Network Controller that points 11u are set normal and secured.

- then proceed to points 11d, and must:

- Restore 11d points to the ‘normal’ position;

- Operate the selector lever to the ‘motor’ position;

- Apply the point clip, and lock the clip and point levers with special padlocks, and

- Advise the ARTC Network Controller that 11d points are set normal and secured.

Upon the rail movement arriving clear at Maroona the Driver must cancel the Train Authority with the ARTC Network Controller.



(d) RAIL MOVEMENTS VIA ARARAT YARD

Rail movements may operate via Ararat Yard to and from the Maryborough line provided the Ararat Yard Signaller is on duty.

The Ararat Yard Signaller is responsible for the operation of points 27.


(e ) : TRAIN PROCEEDING FROM MELBOURNE TO THE MARYBOROUGH LINE VIA PYRENEES LOOP

When a train requires to proceed from Melbourne to the Maryborough Line, prior to allowing the train to depart Tatyoon, the ARTC Network Controller must confer with the V/Line Train Controller and confirm that the train can be accepted.

Provided the train can be accepted, or held at Pyrenees Loop, the ARTC Network Controller may signal the train to Pyrenees Loop and advise the Ararat Yard signaller of the proposed movement.

In preparation for the proposed rail movement, the Ararat Yard Signaller must:

# Check and ensure that the points within the Ararat Yard are correctly set along No. 2 track;

# Lock bars have been applied and locked;

# All derails are removed from No. 2 track, and

# Advise the ARTC Network Controller.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must then proceed to Pyrenees Loop and wait for the rail movement to arrive.

Upon arrival at Pyrenees Loop, the Driver will detach the locomotive/s from the rail movement, and as signalled, run around the consist.

Once the locomotive/s has run around, the Ararat Yard Signaller must drive one of the Drivers to the rear end of the rail movement to allow the Driver to undertake any required preparation activities in accordance with the rail operator and or ARTC processes.

Once completed, the Ararat Yard Signaller must return the Driver back to the locomotive/s and then proceed to Ararat Points 27 and wait for the rail movement to arrive and advise the ARTC Network Controller when in position.

The Driver, on approach to Ararat, must drive the train so that it comes to a stand on the Berth Track for Points 27.

Upon the train coming to a stand on the Berth Track of Points 27, the Ararat Yard Signaller must;

# Contact the ARTC Network Controller and request a release on Points 27;

# Upon receiving the release, accept the release by operation of the 5Psw key switch, and

# Operate the points for the train to enter the Ararat Yard.

The provision of the release by the ARTC Network Controller acts as authority for the train to enter the Ararat Yard.

The Ararat Yard Signaller may then advise the Driver by radio that the train is authorised to proceed into the Ararat Yard up to STOP BOARD 2 and come to a stand.
Upon the train clearing Points 27, the Ararat Yard Signaller must:

# Restore Points 27 for the main line;

# Cancel the release by operation of the 5PSW key switch, and

# Advise the ARTC Network Controller.

The train will then operate in accordance with Vline Procedures.


(f) : TRAIN PROCEEDING FROM THE MARYBOROUGH LINE TO MELBOURNE LINE VIA PYRENEES LOOP

When a train is approaching Ararat the Ararat Yard Signaller must:

# Check and ensure that the points within the Ararat Yard are correctly set along No. 2 track;

# Lock bars have been applied and locked;

# All derails are removed from No. 2 track, and

# Advise the ARTC Network Controller of the trains approach and request permission to allow the rail movement to enter the Ararat Yard.

Provided the ARTC Network Controller has granted permission for the rail movement to enter the Ararat Yard, the Ararat Yard Signaller may authorise the train to pass the Stop Board in accordance with the V/Line procedures.

When the Rail Movement is ready to depart the Ararat Yard, the Ararat Yard Signaller must contact the ARTC Network Controller and request release on Points 27.

Provided the Rail Movement can be accepted, the ARTC Network Controller may provide a release on Points 27.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must:

# Contact the ARTC Network Controller and request a release on Points 27;

# Upon receiving the release, accept the release by operation of the 5Psw key switch, and

# Operate the points for the train to depart the Ararat Yard.

The provision of the release by the ARTC Network Controller acts as authority for the train to enter the ARTC Main Line.

Upon the train clearing points 27, the Signaller must:

# Restore Points 27 for the main line;

# Cancel the release by operation of the 5PSW key switch, and

# Advise the ARTC Network Controller.

The Ararat Yard Signaller must then proceed to Pyrenees Loop and wait for the train to arrive.

Upon arrival at Pyrenees Loop, the Driver will detach the locomotive/s from the train, and as signalled, run around the train consist.

Once the locomotive/s has run around, the Ararat Yard Signaller must drive one of the Drivers to the rear end of the train to allow the Driver to undertake any required train preparation activities in accordance with the rail operator and or ARTC processes.

Once completed, the Ararat Yard Signaller must return the Driver back to the locomotive/s and then return to Ararat and advise the ARTC Network Controller when back in position.


(g) : ISSUE OF TRAIN ORDER

A train order may be issued to the driver of a rail movement standing at Pyrenees Loop, the wording of the train order must commence with the words ‘PROCEED FROM ARARAT TO -.’

If the rail movement is standing in Ararat yard, the train order may be issued to the driver in the usual manner.

In all instances, the V/Line Train Controller must advise the Ararat Yard Signaller when a train order has been issued.

There is no requirement for the ARTC network controller to be advised.

(h) TRACK FORCE OPERATIONS

The Ararat Yard Signaller will be responsible for all track force operations between ‘Stop Board One’ and the Ararat Yard and between points 11d and ‘Stop Board Three’.

Should there be a requirement for track force operations to operate between points 11d and ‘Stop Board Three’, the track force protection coordinator must:

- Obtain a Track Warrant from the ARTC Network Controller for the section between signal 265/6 at Ararat and 214/6 at Pyrenees Loop;

- Advise the Ararat Yard Signaller the details of the track warrant, and then

- Obtain a track warrant from the Ararat Yard Signaller.

When cancelling the track warrants, the TFPC must first cancel the track warrant issued by the Ararat Yard Signaller prior to cancelling the track warrant issued by the ARTC Network Controller.

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AUTHORISED BY: Operations Interface SA/VIC, Interstate Network.