Ararat - Management of Movements

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20/03/2019    569  2019  GEN  20/03/2019 
 
MANAGEMENT OF MOVEMENTS, ARARAT

Standing Train Notice 312 / 2019 issued on 05/03/2019 and Standing Train Notice 366 / 2019 issued on 25/02/2019 are cancelled from 25/03/2019 and replaced by the following.
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APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING ROUTE:
NEWPORT TO PYRENEES LOOP

ARARAT
Commencing 0630hrs Monday 25 March 2019 the following will apply for the operation of rail movements at Ararat.
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OVERVIEW

Ararat is the standard gauge junction from the ARTC Main Line to the Maryborough line and the terminus for the broad-gauge line from Ballarat.

The Maryborough line and the Ballarat line are the responsibility of V/Line.

The line between Pyrenees Loop and Maroona and the Ararat yard 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 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 operated by the Ararat Yard Signaller under the direction of the ARTC Network Controller. This connection is known as the ‘Maryborough Link Line’.

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.

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

A V/Line 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.

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 siding 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) 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.

(e) 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) 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.

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.

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) 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 Support Manager, Interstate Network."