Grinding halt to trains should end soon

THE $13 million rail grinding machine which will be used to re-profile the Traralgon to Bairnsdale rail line, enabling V/Line passenger trains to resume services, has arrived in Melbourne.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder joined Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan at Appleton Dock to welcome Metro’s rail grinding machine.

The Austrian-manufactured milling machine arrived in Melbourne after an eight-week journey on the M/V Otello.

Mr Ryan welcomed the arrival of the leased grinder.

“Now that the rail grinder is in Victoria, V/Line staff can start grinding the tracks for a kilometre on each side of the 32 level crossings between Traralgon and Bairnsdale,” Mr Ryan said.

Since March level crossing related safety equipment between Traralgon and Bairnsdale has been unable to consistently detect approaching trains early enough for warning bells, flashing lights and boom barriers to activate for the required 25 seconds before a train reaches the level crossing.

The rail grinder will ‘shave’ back, or reprofile, the rail head, creating an improved electrical connection between the rail and train wheel.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.