Ops of Trains Oaklands/Benalla Jct

Effective from Effective to Number Year Operator Issued
24/01/2011    419  2010  GEN  24/01/2011 
 
TN419 (OF 21/01/2011) is AMENDED and RE-ISSUED as a STANDING NOTICE:

OPERATION OF TRAINS TO AND FROM THE OAKLANDS CORRIDOR AT BENALLA JUNCTION

Commencing from Wednesday 10.02.10, the Benalla - Oaklands corridor will become available for the operation of Restricted/Nominated revenue services.

The safeworking arrangements, as detailed in this Train Notice, will be implemented for the passage of each train to and from the Oaklands Corridor at Benalla Junction.

The Train Staff and Ticket System, (in accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of the ARTC Network Rules and Procedures - TA20) will be introduced between Benalla and Oaklands. The corridor will consist of one single line section and Train Staff Ticket boxes will not be provided.

All movements to and from the Oaklands corridor at Benalla Junction will utilise the Up end crossover extending between the East and West lines at distance 194.750.

This crossover is facing for Down direction traffic and will be manually operated by qualified personnel for the passage of each train.

It will only be permissible for the crossover to be utilised for a train movement whilst Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town loop East Line single line section is in force.


SEYMOUR - WODONGA
WEST LINE CORRIDOR OVERVIEW

1. Safeworking Management Structure

The Seymour - Wodonga corridor (known as the West Line) is currently divided into three separate sections of Absolute Occupation. Each section is 70 kilometres in length. The sections are:

1.Seymour: baulks located at distance 100.162 - Violet Town (170.500),
2.Violet Town - Alumatta (232.500), and
3.Alumatta - Wodonga: Home Signal Post No.2.


2. Sectional Management

A Sectional Track Force Protection Co-ordinator ( Level 3 ) is placed in charge of each section listed above to:

1.Manage the access/egress of individual personnel and worksites to and from the relevant section,

2.To facilitate the operation of rail traffic movements through their respective areas of Absolute Occupation,

3.To arrange supervision for personnel and worksites situated within their area of control, and,

4.To facilitate any adjacent line protection requirements.

The Sectional Co-ordinator for Section 2 will perform the function of Signaller, Benalla for the purpose of operating trains to and from the Oaklands Corridor.


3. Security of Points connecting the East & West Lines

The existing Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge corridor is now referred to as the East Line.

Points connecting the East and West Lines are situated at Seymour, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

The Sectional Co-ordinator for the relevant section holds the keys to the padlocks securing the point clips on all points forming a connection between the East and West Lines located at Seymour, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga. The padlocks securing the point clips are of an independent pattern.

The operation of these crossovers requires the Sectional Co-ordinator to be in attendance. The Sectional Co-ordinator must ensure the appropriate protection arrangements have been applied to the relevant East Line section prior to any crossover being unlocked for use.

Protection of the relevant East Line section must consist of either:

1.Absolute Occupation of the Violet Town Loop - Benalla Loop single line section for a train movement through the points, or

2.The issue of a Track Warrant for the single line section for a track machine/vehicle movement through the points.



BENALLA - OAKLANDS

CORRIDOR OVERVIEW


1. Train Staff & Ticket System

The Train Staff & Ticket System ( as detailed in Section 21 of the ARTC Network Rules and Procedures - TA20 ), will be in force between Benalla and Oaklands.

The corridor will consist of one single line section ie; Benalla - Oaklands.

Train Staff Ticket boxes will not be provided.

When not in use, the Train Staff for the section will be held by the Sectional Co-ordinator responsible for the West Line Absolute Occupation Section 2.


2. Benalla

The Sectional Co-ordinator for Section 2 will be considered as the Signaller, Benalla and will manage the operation of all train movements to and from the Oaklands Corridor at Benalla.

A competent person will be provided to assist the Sectional Co-ordinator in the performance of the required safeworking duties.

The Sectional Co-ordinator will act under the directions of the Network Operations Controller Junee and will be qualified in the Automatic Block Signalling System and the Train Staff & Ticket System.

A safeworking cabin will be provided for the Co-ordinator adjacent to the Nunn Street level crossing on the Down side.

The safeworking cabin will be provided with the following safeworking equipment:

- A hand held ‘end to end’ Radio,
- A complete set of Flags,
- A hand signal lamp,
- A Train Authority Book, and
- A Train Register Book.

Cooking and other comfort facilities will also be provided.

The Sectional Co-ordinator will be responsible for the:

- Operation of the junction points to the Oaklands Corridor at Benalla as required,
- Recording the arrival and departure times of Oaklands line Trains in the Train Register Book, and
- Other safeworking duties as prescribed by the Network Operations Controller.


3. Junction Points - Oaklands Corridor

The junction points leading to the Oaklands Line at kilometre distance 194.591 are fitted Vossloh-Cogifer dual control point machines. The hand throw levers of each point machine are secured with padlocks of an independent pattern, the keys to which are held by the Sectional Co-ordinator.

The catch points at the exit from the station yard at the Up end are similarly fitted.

4. Benalla Station Yard

The Benalla Station yard area is considered to be the track between the Nunn and Roe Street level crossings. This track maintains ‘main line’ status

A notice board is installed on the immediate Down side of the Roe Street level crossing for Up train movements.

The notice board reads: ‘STOP - DO NOT PROCEED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE TRAIN CONTROLLER’.
Prior to granting permission for a rail traffic movement to pass this Stop Board, the Network Operations Controller must ensure a conflicting movement is not occurring or planned to take place.

Only ONE rail traffic movement is permitted to be operating within the Benalla station yard area at any one time.

A short loop siding is provided within the station yard area. The points controlling access to the Siding are secured in the Normal position with a hand locking bar, pin and V5PSW padlock. Hand operated derails are provided at the Up and Down exit points from the siding. The hand derails are secured in the ‘On’ position with a V5PSW padlock. The derails must be applied whenever vehicles are stabled within the siding.

5. Nunn Street Level Crossing

A notice board is installed on the Down side of the Nunn Street level crossing which reads: ‘STOP - DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL THE BOOM BARRIERS ARE HORIZONTAL’.

For Up direction movements, the Nunn Street level crossing protection equipment must be operated by the Sectional Co-ordinator from the level crossing test switch.

For Down direction movements to the Benalla Station yard area, the Nunn Street level crossing will automatically commence to operate once the train approaches on the East Line. The Sectional Co-ordinator will be required however to additionally operate the test switch for all Down movements to the Oaklands Corridor.

6. Intermediate Sidings

The following Intermediate Sidings are provided along the corridor.


Location-Distance-Point Locking

St.James - 228.000 - Staff Lock
Yarrawonga - 260.000 - Plunger Locking
Sloane - 271.500 - Hand Locking Bar
Warragoon - 282.200 - Hand Locking Bar
Sanger - 303.300 - Hand Locking Bar
Wangamong - 313.100 - Hand Locking Bar
Oaklands - 321.000 - Hand Locking Bar


7. Up Train to Approach Benalla

When an Up Train is to approach Benalla, the Network Operations Controller Junee must provide the Sectional Co-ordinator for Section 2 with an estimated time of arrival.


8. Security of the Train Staff on the Locomotive

Where a train is required to be stabled at an Intermediate Siding for the purpose of loading and the Train Crew is to cease duty, the Train Staff must be secured on the locomotive.

The following procedure must be observed:

The Driver must:

- Ensure the whole of the train has been stabled within the siding, the relevant roll-out protection has been applied and the main line points are secured and locked for the main line.

- Ensure the train has been properly secured,

- Advise the Network Operations Controller that the Train Staff has been secured in a safe place on the locomotive, and

- Lock the cab doors of the Locomotive.

The Network Operations Controller must record the fact that the Train Staff has been secured on the locomotive on the Train Graph.


OPERATING PROCEDURE

WORKING OF TRAINS TO AND FROM THE OAKLANDS CORRIDOR AT BENALLA

A) DOWN TRAIN to Proceed to the Oaklands Corridor at Benalla

When it is necessary for a Down Train to proceed to the Oaklands Corridor, the following procedures must be observed:

1. The Sectional Co-ordinator must arrange to obtain Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop CTC single line section (bordered by Signals No.s BNL4, BNLU4, VTN6 & VTNU6) from the Network Operations Controller located at Junee.

2. Protection of the Absolute Occupation Limits must be applied by the Sectional Co-ordinator as detailed in Rule 9 (Section 15) of the ARTC Network Rules and Procedures - TA20.

3. Upon the arrival of the train at Violet Town, the Sectional Co-ordinator must allow the Driver the opportunity of reading the Absolute Occupation order and arrange for the Driver to endorse the rear of the form once satisfied with the detail.

4. Once the Sectional Co-ordinator has liaised with the Network Operations Controller regarding the movements required, the protection at the limits must then be removed.

5. The train may then be signalled from Violet Town Loop towards Benalla in the usual manner, with the Sectional Co-ordinator accompanying the train.

6. The protection at the limits must be immediately reapplied following the train’s passage.

Upon the arrival of the train at the crossover points located at distance 194.750, the Sectional Co-ordinator must perform the following functions:

* Retain possession of the Train Staff for the Benalla - Oaklands Corridor,
* Unlock and remove the point clips securing the East-West Line crossover points, the points leading to the Oaklands corridor and the catch points at the exit from the Benalla Station Yard,
* Unlock the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Place all points to the Reverse position via the operation of the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Resecure the hand throw levers with the padlocks provided,
* Secure all facing points with the point clips provided,
* Walk the intended route to ensure all points are correctly set and secured,
* Arrange for the assisting competent person to inspect and confirm the route is correctly set,
* Operate the level crossing test switch to activate the Nunn Street protection equipment, and,
* Once the boom barriers have fully lowered, hand the Train Staff for the Benalla - Oaklands section to the Driver and authorise the train to proceed.

Once the train has arrived complete and in clear on the Down side of the catch points at the Up end exit from the station yard, the competent person must:

* Cancel the level crossing test switch and relock the cabinet,
* Advise the Driver of the train’s integrity on departure,
* Unlock and remove the point clips securing the East-West Line crossover points, the points leading to the Oaklands corridor and the catch points at the exit from the Benalla Station Yard,
* Unlock the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Restore all points to the Normal position via the operation of the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Resecure the hand throw levers with the padlocks provided,
* Secure all points with the point clips provided,
* Walk the intended route to ensure all points are correctly set and secured,
* Arrange for the assisting competent person to inspect and confirm the route is correctly set,
* Advise the Network Operations Controller of the time of arrival,
* Return the Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section,
* Endorse the time of the train’s arrival and details relating to the Absolute Occupation in the Train Register Book, and
* Ensure the level crossing protection equipment at both the Arundel and Faithful Street level crossings has ceased operation.

The Train may then depart towards Oaklands in the usual manner.

Note: For expediency, the West Line points governing access to the Benalla Station Yard may be set and secured at an earlier point, provided no other conflicting movements are planned to occur.

Under No circumstances are the East-West line crossover points to be operated until Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section as detailed above has been granted.


B) UP TRAIN to Proceed from the Oaklands Corridor at Benalla to the East Line

When it is necessary for an Up Train to proceed to the East Line, the following procedures must be observed:

The Network Controller at Junee must firstly ensure that the single line section directional block within the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section has been set for an Up direction movement.

1. The Sectional Co-ordinator must arrange to obtain Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop CTC single line section (bordered by Signals No.s BNL4, BNLU4, VTN6 & VTNU6) from the Network Operations Controller located at Junee.

2. Protection of the Absolute Occupation Limits must be applied by the Sectional Co-ordinator as detailed in Rule 9 (Section 15) of the ARTC Network Rules and Procedures - TA20.

3. Upon the arrival of the train in Benalla Station Yard, the Sectional Co-ordinator must collect the Train Staff from the Driver.

4. The Sectional Co-ordinator must allow the Driver the opportunity of reading the Absolute Occupation order and arrange for the Driver to endorse the rear of the form once satisfied with the detail.


The Sectional Co-ordinator must then:

* Unlock and remove the point clips securing the East-West Line crossover points, the points leading to the Oaklands corridor and the catch points at the exit from the Benalla Station Yard,
* Unlock the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Place all points to the Reverse position via the operation of the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Resecure the hand throw levers with the padlocks provided,
* Secure all facing points with the point clips provided,
* Walk the intended route to ensure all points are correctly set and secured,
* Arrange for the assisting competent person to inspect and confirm the route is correctly set,
* Operate the level crossing test switch to activate the Nunn Street protection equipment, and,
* Once the boom barriers have fully lowered, authorise the Driver to proceed and arrange for the assisting competent person to accompany the train through to Violet Town Crossing Loop.

Upon the train clearing the East-West Line crossover, the Sectional Co-ordinator must:

* Cancel the level crossing test switch and relock the cabinet,
* Advise the Driver of the train’s integrity on departure,
* Unlock and remove the point clips securing the East-West Line crossover points, the points leading to the Oaklands corridor and the catch points at the exit from the Benalla Station Yard,
* Unlock the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Restore all points to the Normal position via the operation of the hand throw levers on the dual control point machines,
* Resecure the hand throw levers with the padlocks provided,
* Secure all points with the point clips provided,
* Walk the intended route to ensure all points are correctly set and secured,
* Advise the Network Operations Controller of the time of arrival and departure,
* Return the Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section, and
* Endorse the time of the train’s arrival and details relating to the Absolute Occupation in the Train Register Book.

The maximum speed when departing Benalla station yard in the Up direction is 15 km/h. This speed restriction will apply through to the Arundel Street crossing.

On arrival of the train at Violet Town Loop, the assisting competent person must:

* Arrange for the protection at the limits to be removed for the passage of the train,
* Ensure the train has arrived complete and in clear within the crossing loop,
* Arrange for the protection at the limits to be reinstated,
* Advise the Network Operations Controller of the time of arrival, and
* Advise the Sectional Co-ordinator that the train has arrived complete and in clear at the crossing loop.

The Sectional Co-ordinator may then return the Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section in the usual manner, and
endorse the train’s arrival and departure information and details relating to the Absolute Occupation in the Train Register Book.

The Train may then depart Violet Town Crossing Loop in the usual manner.


Note: For expediency, all points may be set and secured at an earlier point, provided:
1. No other conflicting movements are planned to occur on the West Line, and
2. Absolute Occupation of the Benalla Loop - Violet Town Loop section has been granted by the Network Controller at Junee.

C) CORRIDOR RADIO CHANNEL

Radio Channel 1

D) CORRIDOR LINE SPEEDS

CLASS OF LOCOMOTIVE AND PERMITTED SPEEDS (KM/H) FREIGHT

CLASS OF LOCOMOTIVE

(G,XR) (A,B,N,GM 22class 422 class) H,P,T Y
BENALLA and YARRAWON 55 70 70 65
Except over Bossey Creek Overflow Bridge at
239.170km between St James and Tungamah
30 70 70 65

YARRAWONGA Riv 30 30 30 30
260-545 - 261.330

YARRAWONGA and OAKLANDS 318.448km 50 50 50 50


E) OPERATION OF ACTIVE CONTROL LEVEL CROSSINGS BETWEEN BENALLA AND OAKLANDS

1. Benalla Bypass Road (Links Road) Benalla @ 200.074kp

2. Katamatite Yarrawonga Road (South Yarrawonga Road) Yarrawonga @ 258.478kp

3. Benalla Yarrawonga Road (Burley Road) Yarrawonga @ 258.765kp

4. Murray Valley Highway Yarrawonga @ 259.590kp

5. Riverina Highway Rennie @ 294.642kp

These crossings will be protected by a hand-signaller for the operations of the first train and then each time there has been greater than 48 hours since the previous train service.