INTERFACE OPS STIRLING NTH

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
19/12/2017    2302  2017  GEN  19/12/2017 
 
INTERFACE OPERATING PROTOCOLS AT STIRLING NORTH FOR ARTC AND CF ASIA PACIFIC.

Standing Train Notice No. 1342 / 2017 is cancelled and the following will apply until further notice.

The following operating protocols will apply for the management of movements through Stirling North that traverse the Leigh Creek Railway interface.

CFAP is responsible for providing this operating procedure to operators, maintainers and other parties who might require it for access to the Leigh Creek Railway.

These instructions:
- will be included in ARTC Appendix 07 to the National Code of Practice; and
- form part of the Interface Agreement between CFAP and ARTC.

Overview:-
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CFAP is the lessee from the State of South Australia of the railway yard located at Stirling North on the Leigh Creek Railway line.

The CFAP lease interfaces with the ARTC network at Stirling North.

Stirling North is a fully signalled location, the signalling being operated by the ARTC Network Controller under Centralised Train Control (CTC) working.

CFAP has developed work instruction CFAP WOI RSK 018 for operating within the defined boundaries of the Stirling North Sidings.

The ARTC Network Controller managing the ARTC network including signalling at Stirling North is located in the ARTC Network Control Centre West (NCCW) in Mile End, Adelaide SA.

Operation of movements:-
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Issue of an Approval for Train Movements:-
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The CFAP Officer in Charge shall issue the approval to the rail traffic crew for the Leigh Creek Railway.

The authority for a movement to proceed into Stirling North Yard is by a clear signal provided at the interface or a written authority from the ARTC Network Controller.

Movement from Leigh Creek line to Port Augusta
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The CFAP Officer in Charge shall contact the ARTC Network Controller prior to this movement taking place.

The operator shall advise the ARTC Network Controller of the required movement from the Leigh Creek line to Port Augusta.

The operator shall provide the following train details to the ARTC Network Controller prior to the movement taking place:

- Locomotives (Working and Hauled)
- Number of wagons, length and tonnage
- Destination (Yard, Workshops or other location)

When main line train operations permit, the ARTC Network Controller will set the signalled route for the movement to proceed to Port Augusta.

Movements from Port Augusta to Leigh Creek line
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The driver of the train must provide the ARTC Network Controller with the following train details prior to the movement taking place:

- Locomotives (Working and Hauled)
- Number of wagons, length and tonnage
- Destination

Prior to the movement departing Port Augusta, the CFAP Officer in Charge shall provide authorisation to the rail traffic crew to enter the Stirling North Yard (Leigh Creek Railway).

The Operator shall then advise the ARTC Network Controller of the required movement and that the movement has permission to enter the Stirling North Yard (Leigh Creek Railway).

Upon receiving details from the driver of the movement, the ARTC Network Controller shall then set the signalled route for the movement to proceed.

Failure of signalling
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In the event of failure of signalling at Stirling North, the ARTC Network Controller shall issue the driver of the movement a train authority to pass the failed signal in the stop position.

The ARTC Network Controller shall only issue the train authority for the movement to pass the failed signal only after ensuring that the CFAP Officer in Charge has advised that permission has been given for the movement to proceed beyond Stirling North towards the Leigh Creek Railway.

Track Force Operations
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The CFAP Officer in Charge is responsible for the management of track force operations on the Leigh Creek Railway and shall liaise with the ARTC Network Controller should track force operations be adjacent to Signal 13E.

When track force operations are required to be performed within the areas bounded by Signal 13E, the ARTC Network Controller shall be responsible for issuing the appropriate authority.

Both the ARTC Network Controller and CFAP Officer in Charge must liaise regarding train operations when track force operations are in place that will, or are likely to, affect train working at the interface.


AUTHORISED BY: Ops Support Manager, Interstate Network.