Building railways for a better future?

Why don't we build railways like the modern road expressways being constructed with gentle curves and gradients and wide formations? Why don't we duplicate single line tracks to give better operating flexibility and allow easier track possessions? Why aren't we building high speed railways to Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra to capture the transport markets that are presently dominated by road and air? Continually we hear questions like these being posed by railwaymen who are frustrated by living with and maintaining a rail system which was constructed largely last century and early this one. At face value these questions are logical, but I'm sure you would all agree that this is an era when the investment dollar is a little harder to come by and its expenditure requires complete justification. In order to answer, at least in part, the type of questions l have listed I shall give two examples of areas where the Authority’s Development Branch has carried out detailed studies examining possible enhancements to existing rail lines. The first of these studies investigated the North Coast Line to examine the justification for extending crossing loops and for making major improvements to the alignment and grade of that line. The second study examined the justification for duplicating and/or electrifying the suburban line from Blacktown to Richmond in the north west of Sydney.

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  • Pagination: 5p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1985 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:27PM