Ararat, Standard Gauge Operations

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Ararat, Standard Gauge Operations

"APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING ROUTE: -
Newport to Pyrenees Loop

*TN 1776 / 2018 issued on 23/08/2018 is replaced by the following.

Ararat, Standard Gauge Operations

Commencing Friday 31st August 2018
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*V/Line have advised that on Saturday 25 August 2018, the rules and procedures applicable to Train Order Working will be introduced in accordance with the 1994 Book of Rules and Operating Procedures.

*This train notice is to be read in addition to Train Notice 324/2019.

A: ARARAT OVERVIEW

*Ararat is the Junction Station for the ARTC Adelaide to Melbourne and Maryborough lines.

Ararat Yard is a V/Line Train Order Terminal Station.

A Signaller responsible for the Maryborough Line is in attendance for all rail movements to and from the Maryborough line and is referred to as the Ararat Yard Signaller.

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

B: SIGNS

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 on the Maryborough line for trains proceeding in both directions: -
‘FP’

C: ARARAT YARD SIGNALLER SIGNING ON AND OFF DUTY

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.

Rail movements may operate into or from the Ararat Yard during the period that the Ararat Yard Signaller is not on duty provided they are not required to proceed to Maryborough.

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

C: STABLING IN NO. 2 TRACK

No. 2 track at Ararat is a running line and, with the exception of trains waiting to depart, wagons and or Rail Movements must not stable in No. 2 track at Ararat unless detailed in a train notice or authorised by the Train Transit Manager.

D: TRAIN PROCEEDING FROM MELBOURNE TO THE MARYBOROUGH LINE

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.

E: 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.

F: ISSUE OF TRAIN ORDER

A train order may be issue 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."



AUTHORISED BY: Operations Support Manager, Interstate Network.