Regional Victoria fast rail links: balancing rollingstock and infrastructure requirements for project success

In March 2000 the Victorian Government gave the go-ahead to a $550 million project to provide Fast Rail links to the State's major regional centres of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Latrobe Valley. The Government set aggressive journey time targets, which are expected to be achieved through a major upgrading of the rail infrastructure, and the introduction of 29 new two-car diesel multiple units. A consultative assessment determined that 160 kph is the required maximum service speed. To operate safely with high passenger comfort at high speed, issues such as track standards, signalling and level crossing protection must be addressed. The rollingstock supplied by Bombardier Transportation will be based on the Xplorer/ Endeavour vehicles operated by the SRA of NSW, modified for a maximum service speed of 160 kph. Issues such as ride comfort, noise, aerodynamics and crashworthiness needed to be considered. Tilt technology was also evaluated. The Department of Infrastructure worked in close partnership with Bombardier to achieve the optimum balance of rollingstock and infrastructure upgrade. This Partnership has provided the platform for the Regional Fast Rail Project to successfully meet the Government's project objectives.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532110
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:55AM