ARARAT MANAGEMENT OF MOVEMENTS
Note Standing Train Notice 1958/2020 is replaced by the following:
APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING ROUTE:
NEWPORT TO PYRENEES LOOP
Commencing Friday 14/08/2020 the following will apply for the operation of rail movements at Ararat.
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 1980/2020, Temporary Working Access via Maryborough Link Line.
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.
Ararat is the standard gauge junction for the ARTC Main Line to the Maryborough line and the terminus for the broad-gauge line from Ballarat.
The standard gauge Maryborough line and the broad gauge Ballarat line are the responsibility of V/Line and operated under the rules and procedures in accordance with the 1994 Book of Rules and Operating Procedures. Ararat is a V/Line Train Order Terminal Station.
The line between Pyrenees Loop and Maroona is the responsibility of ARTC.
The broad-gauge line from Ballarat crosses the ARTC standard gauge line and terminates in No.2 platform at Ararat. The ARTC standard gauge line runs via No.1 platform at Ararat.
The standard-gauge main line from Maryborough crosses the broad-gauge main line from Ballarat and connects to the ARTC main line. This line also connects to No. 2 road in Ararat Yard.
The signalling on the standard gauge is operated by the ARTC network controller whilst the signalling on the broad gauge at Ararat is operated by the V/Line train controller.
The ARTC network controller provides a grade release to the V/Line train controller to allow the V/Line train controller to set the points for a broad-gauge movement and to signal the broad-gauge movement over the grade crossing into or from the Ararat station.
Immediately the movement clears the track circuits associated with the release, the points at the Ararat station will reset to normal and the grade release will cancel automatically.
Points (No.11u) on the ARTC main line leading to the Maryborough line, and points (No.11d) on the V/Line standard gauge forming the connection from the ARTC Main Line to the Maryborough Line, are hand operated by the Ararat Yard Signaller under the direction of the ARTC Network Controller. This connection is known as the ‘Maryborough Link Line’. The process regarding operation of these points is described in Standing Train Notice 1980/2020
27 points located at the Down end of Ararat yard to the ARTC standard gauge line are rodded to a Derail and Crowder. 7 points located on the up-end are rodded to form a cross-over from the main line to the yard.
A Sign is placed at facing points 27 on the ARTC Main Line train proceeding toward Melbourne: -‘POINTS 27 BERTH TRACK’
STABLING IN NO. 2 TRACK
No. 2 track at Ararat is a running line and, except for trains waiting to depart, wagons and / or Rail Movements must not stable on No. 2 track at Ararat unless detailed in a train notice or authorised by the Train Transit Manager.
TRAIN OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS:
Train operators operating rail traffic to or from the Maryborough line are not permitted to undertake crew changes between signal 265/6 and the ‘Commence Train Order Working’ board at Stop Board One and must arrange for an alternative location to undertake this task.
BROAD GAUGE MOVEMENTS:
A) TRAIN STAFF & TICKET WORKING
Broad gauge traffic between Ballarat and Ararat is operated under the rules applicable to Staff and Ticket working as contained in the 1994 Book of Rules and Operating Procedures, and any additional instructions applicable to V/Line operations.
B) OPERATION OF POINTS AND SIGNALLING
The V/Line CENTROL train controller must not request a release for a movement to depart Ararat until it has been confirmed that the Driver is in possession of the applicable authority for the Section Ballarat - Ararat and departure is imminent.
Broad-Gauge points No. 19 leading from No.2 Platform track towards the stabling sidings are equipped with a Dual Control Point Machine and are controlled by the V/Line train controller. The points are normally set for the Stabling Siding and require to be operated to the Reverse position for movements to or from the Ballarat line.
The points can only be operated to reverse provided the ARTC network controller has provided the grade release.
The points are provided with a ‘Self Normalising’ function. When the points are set to the Reverse position for a movement to the Broad-Gauge Main line and the signal is set for the movement, the points will automatically restore to the normal position for the Stabling Siding once the train has cleared the points.
Should it become necessary to hold the points in the ‘Reverse’ position (set for the Ballarat line) after a movement has departed or owing to track work which will interfere with the track circuits, a Blocking Command must be applied on the points.
This will disable the automatic normalisation function.
Note: The release for the Grade Crossing will not be able to be returned to the ARTC network controller whilst a Blocking Command has been applied to secure No.17 points in the reverse position.
C) FAILURE OF GRADE RELEASE: BROAD GAUGE HOME SIGNALS NOS. 265/8, 265/18 OR NO.17 POINTS
In the event of a failure of the Grade Release, the broad-gauge points or a failure of Home signals providing broad gauge access across the grade crossing, the V/Line train controller must contact the ARTC network controller and request a Blocking Command be applied to the Standard Gauge Home Signals protecting the grade crossing and the release on points 7 and 27 blocked in the ‘Normal’ position. Points 11u and 11d must be confirmed locked in normal by the V/Line Signaller at Ararat.
After confirming that the Blocking Commands have been applied and points 17 are set and detected in the ‘Reverse’ position, the V/Line train controller must place a Blocking Command on points No. 17. The V/Line train controller must then prepare and dictate a Caution Order to the Driver.
It will not be necessary for the Driver to record the details of the Caution Order as dictated by the train controller. The train controller and Driver must then exchange names.
If positive detection on Points No. 17 cannot be determined on the train controllers control system, the Selector Lever on the points must be placed in the ‘Hand’ operating position by the Driver, and the points correctly set for the required movement. The authority to pass the applicable signal at the ‘Stop’ position may then be issued by the V/Line train controller.
In the case of Home Signal No.265/8, the V/Line train controller may issue a Caution Order for the Driver to proceed, with instructions being given to stop at a point beside Dwarf Signal No.265/16.
The Driver must then place the Selector Lever on No.17 and No 19 Points to the ‘Hand’ operating position, and ensure the points are set in the required position before proceeding into the platform.
D) BROAD GAUGE TRACK MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS
When required to perform track maintenance operations on the Broad-Gauge line between Signals No’s 265/8 and 265/18, and such maintenance requires the issue of a Track Warrant, the Track Warrant must be issued by the V/Line train controller. The V/Line train controller must first obtain the Grade release and ensure that the appropriate Blocking Commands have been applied to protect the works.
Prior to issuing the Track Warrant, the V/Line train controller must confer with the ARTC network controller to ensure that the issue of the Track Warrant will not affect the passage of a Standard Gauge movement.
STANDARD GAUGE MOVEMENTS:
A) STANDARD GAUGE MOVEMENTS
Standing Train Notice 324/2019, Signalling and Train Control Functions Maroona - Pyrenees Loop contains relevant information on Train Movements on the Standard gauge section between Pyrenees Loop and Maroona.
Standing Train Notice 1980/2020, Temporary Working Access via Maryborough Link Line covers the manual process for routing trains on and off the Maryborough Line.
B) STANDARD GAUGE TRACK MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS
Prior to issuing the track warrant the ARTC network controller must confer with the V/Line train controller to ensure that the issue of the Track Warrant will not affect the passage of a Broad-Gauge movement and ensure that the appropriate Blocking Commands have been applied to protect the works.
When undertaking work on the ARTC Standard Gauge Main Line which includes working through the limits of Ararat, independent padlocks must be applied to the point clips on 11u and 11d points.
If the work involves the use of Track Warrants, worksite protection must be applied as per Rule 21, Section 15, Clause (a) (securing of points) for the Maryborough Link line.
The Ararat Signaller must be advised of the works.
Authorised by: Operations Interface, SA/Vic, Interstate Network.