Sandgate Flyover

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Sandgate Flyover
SandgateRailOverpass.JPG
Overpass, with Kooragang bound coal train passing underneath
Coordinates 32°52′19″S 151°42′10″E / 32.872036°S 151.702679°E / -32.872036; 151.702679Coordinates: 32°52′19″S 151°42′10″E / 32.872036°S 151.702679°E / -32.872036; 151.702679
Carries Main Northern railway line
Crosses Kooragang Island line
Locale Sandgate
Maintained by Australian Rail Track Corporation
History
Construction begin May 2006
Construction cost $80 million
Opened 14 November 2006

The Sandgate Flyover is a grade separated railway flyover located in Sandgate, New South Wales to the west of the station. It was built by the Australian Rail Track Corporation to allow coal trains operating to and from the Port of Kooragang to operate without conflicting with services on the Main Northern railway line. With the old at-grade junction, 120 coal trains per day had to cross from the coal lines over the main lines to reach the branch line to the port. The main lines also carried about 120 trains per day.[1][2]

With the new flyover, the main lines were raised over the junction of the coal lines to the Kooragang branch, so that the conflict between trains is eliminated. The new junction improved line speeds with the 25 km/h (16 mph) points replaced by ones that allow trains to operate at 60 km/h (37 mph). The flyover opened on 14 November 2006.[3][4] Adjacent to the flyover lies a siding used by Crawfords Freightlines.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandgate flyover project commences Australian Rail Track Corporation May 2006
  2. ^ Sandgate rail flyover near completion ABC News 28 August 2006
  3. ^ Sandgate Rail Flyover Opens Australian Rail Track Corporation 14 November 2006
  4. ^ ATRC Sandgate Flyover Opened by Deputy Prime Minister Australian Rail Track Corporation 24 November 2006
  5. ^ Sandgate Map SA Track & Signal