Robin Walpole, TasRail - The Long Road Back from the Edge of Extinction

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Robin Walpole, TasRail the presentation at the RISSB’s 2013 Rail Turnouts Workshop.

The RISSB’s National Rail Turnouts Workshop 2013 gives all those involved an in-depth forum to consolidate and share the latest technical information for rail turnouts. Drawing on industry expertise, the workshop features technical and practical presentations that address key turnout functions in an every-day operational context.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/railturnoutsworkshop13

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Robin Walpole, TasRail - The Long Road Back from the Edge of Extinction

  1. 1. Robin Walpole Chief Engineer Tasrail The Long Road Back from the Edge of Extinction: May 2013
  2. 2. Robin Walpole Currently Chief Engineer – Tasrail Background: – Primary technical experience with QR – Worked as a senior technical and operational railway infrastructure engineer in QR, SA, WA and NSW – Consulted widely on projects major throughout Australia, Indonesia, and Africa.
  3. 3. Our System 632 route kilometres of operational track 211 kilometres of non-operational track 355 bridges 120 active level crossings 122 passive level crossings 300+ private level crossings 1.3+ million sleepers 3 tunnels
  4. 4. South Line
  5. 5. Western Line Cute – but this is the main line to the major port Penguin 100 m radius curves on the foreshore
  6. 6. Colebrook Dec 2008 – Broken Rail – the start of the end
  7. 7. The Graveyard – Melba Line
  8. 8. Jordan River at Brighton: South Line
  9. 9. Emu River Bridge: Western Line
  10. 10. Rail Wear: Beyond any normal concept of condemnation limits
  11. 11. New bridge over the Jordan River: South Line Replacing transoms: Emu River Western Line
  12. 12. Strengthened Stitt River Bridge: Melba Line
  13. 13. Replacing failed ARMCO on Bell Bay Line Slope stability repairs: South Line
  14. 14. First train over the new Don River Bridge: Western Line
  15. 15. The Cavalry assembled on Bell Bay Wharf
  16. 16. Classified Top Secret: Not for Publication May 2013: The first of the new Tasrail locomotives rolls off the production line in USA.
  17. 17. The Future is Still not Guaranteed

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