Sky Train Will Extend Sydney’s Richmond Line To Mount Victoria

Sky Train Will Extend Sydney’s Richmond Line To Mount Victoria

Branch Lines Need To Connect With Through Lines

Victor P Taffa

Sky Trains are being installed on the North West Line and in operation on the Eastern Suburbs Line provides the solution to extend the Richmond Line to Mount Victoria.

Currently Richmond Railway Station is below sea level and a Sky Train removes one of the reasons why the Kurrajong Line was closed in 1952.

 

Nepean River flows from Warragamba Dam and is why flooding can be a problem for the area.

Richmond Railway Line in Sydney began operations on 1 December 1864.

Richmond Sky Train

Extending the Richmond Line to Mount Victoria will operate in addition to the existing Blue Mountains Line.

At Mount Victoria a Double Track Y Link would be installed that allows flexibility for Heavy Rail services and relieve pressure on the Western Line for Freight Trains and all Interstate Trains enabling the introduction of new services. This will improve services on the Blue Mountains Line for existing Interurban Services from Mount Victoria.

 

Glenbrook Rail Accident

Glenbrook Rail Accident that occurred on 2 December 1999 resulted in 7 deaths and injuries to 51 people when the Indian Pacific collided with the rear of an Interurban Train. Lower Blue Mountains Line will relieve pressure on the Blue Mountains Line.

Lower Blue Mountains Line Railway Stations are as follows:

Lower Blue Mountains Line

  • Mount Victoria Existing Surface Station
  • Bilpin Surface Station near southern side Bells Line of Road
  • Kurrajong Surface Station near Bells Line of Road/ Vincent Rd Int.
  • Richmond North Surface Station near Bells Line of Road/ Terrace Rd Int.
  • Richmond Existing Surface Station with Sky Train Interchange Platforms

Population is increasing in the North West of Sydney and the North West line under construction stops 3 km short of the Richmond Line.

Commuters need to be put Front and Centre of Decision Making with investment in Railway Lines.

Commencing at Blacktown on the Western Line the line currently terminates at Richmond however from 8 December 1926 until 26 July 1952 the Kurrajong Line operated as a further extension.

As the Kurrajong Line proved to be unprofitable following flooding the line was cutback to Richmond.

Railway Stations for the Kurrajong Line were as follows:

Kurrajong Line

  • Kurrajong
  • Duffys
  • Nurri
  • Thompsons Ridge
  • Kemsleys
  • Red Cutting
  • North Richmond

Richmond Line Railway Stations are as follows:

Richmond Line

  • Richmond
  • East Richmond
  • Clarendon
  • Windsor
  • Mulgrave
  • Vineyard
  • Riverstone
  • Schofields
  • Quakers Hill
  • Marayong
  • Blacktown

Currently the Richmond Line has been partly duplicated with passing loops and level crossings in operation. Passing loops merely holds passengers up waiting for other trains to proceed.

Passing Loops are an uneconomic means of providing a railway service. Richmond Line needs to be entirely duplicated from Blacktown-Richmond.

Richmond Railway Station Island Platform Signage

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond Line Interchange Railway Stations

  • Cudgegong Road Interchange Platforms for Vineyard Station on Richmond Line
  • Riverstone Interchange Platforms above Surface Station
  • Vineyard Sets of Points takes trains to North West Line

Richmond Line Duplication

  • Marayong-Quakers Hill completed in 2002
  • Quakers Hill-Schofields completed in 2011
  • Schofields-Vineyard has been deferred

East Richmond Railway Station is a single side Platform.

Richmond Railway Station is a 2 Platform island station.

 

Double Track Sets Of Points

In addition to complete line duplication Double Track Sets Of Points needs to be installed at Vineyard for trains to connect with the North West Line.

 

Double Track Sets Of Points at Vineyard enables Richmond Line Trains to serve commuters on North West Line as well as via Western Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North West Line with Railway Stations under construction is as follows:

North West Line

  • Cudgegong Road (Under Construction)
  • Rouse Hill (Under Construction)
  • Kellyville (Under Construction)
  • Bella Vista (Under Construction)
  • Norwest (Under Construction)
  • Showground (Under Construction)
  • Castle Hill (Under Construction)
  • Cherrybrook (Under Construction)
  • Epping (Existing)
  • Macquarie University (Existing)
  • Macquarie Park (Existing)
  • North Ryde (Existing)
  • Chatswood (Existing)

 

Sydney Sky Train On Eastern Suburbs Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Cudgegong Road (Under Construction) Railway Stations to Emu Plains would be as follows:

  • Riverstone Interchange Platforms above Surface Station
  • Schofields West Surface near Burfitt/ Carnarvon Rd Int.
  • Marsden Park Surface near Richmond Rd east of Fulton Rd cul-de-sac
  • Shalvey U/G near Luxford Rd/ Emerson Street Int.
  • Wilmot U/G near Luxford Rd/ Koomooloo Crescent
  • Lethbridge Park U/G near Forrester / Hatherton Rd Int.
  • Ropes Creek Rebuilt Railway Station
  • Cochrane Rebuilt Railway Station
  • Dunheved Rebuilt Railway Station
  • St. Marys Existing Heavy Rail Station
  • Double Track Y Link Installed
  • Werrington Existing Heavy Rail Station
  • Kingswood Existing Heavy Rail Station
  • Penrith Existing Heavy Rail Station
  • Emu Plains Existing Heavy Rail Station

 

St. Marys Double Track Y Link

A Double Track Y Link at St. Marys will allow flexibility for Heavy Rail services and relieve pressure on the Western Line enabling the introduction of new services.

Double Track Diamond Junction With Double Track Rail Overpass

Where Richmond Line meets with an extended North West Line at Riverstone is need for a Double Track Diamond Junction And Double Track Rail Overpass. This will ensure service flexibility for both Richmond and North West lines and enables trains to continue to Emu Plains via a rebuilt Ropes Creek Line with Double Track Y Link at St. Marys.

New Services

  • Emu Plains-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)
  • Emu Plains-City via Western Line (Serves Bradfield Line)
  • Blacktown-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)
  • St. Mary’s-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)

Harris Park Y Link

Harris Park Y Link was installed on 2 November 1996 that enabled trains to operate between Harris Park on the Western Line and Merrylands on the Southern Line. Harris Park Y Link allows trains to avoid Granville Junction.

Had the Harris Park Y Link been in place at the time of the Granville Rail Disaster on 18 January 1977 the Rail Network would not have been cut in 2 for nearly 2 days.

Granville Rail Disaster resulted in 83 deaths and injuries to 213 people due to lack of maintenance to the railways that caused the disaster.

All Governments must install Y Links and Double Track Y Links in the Heavy Rail Network to maximise Public Safety, reliability and improve services.