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    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Erin
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    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Erin

    February 13, 2020

    Hi, I’m Erin and I’m the Communications
    and Stakeholder Relations Graduate. What attracted me to the Grad Program was
    the idea of working on a live project. It’s definitely something
    different and definitely gave this program an edge, particularly from a
    comms perspective. Working for the Metro Tunnel and on the wider rail project, it’s just really exciting, like every day is different, everything chops and change
    so quickly working for government and sometimes it’s challenging and sometimes
    it’s frustrating, but mostly it’s really enjoyable. At the moment I’m working
    in the Regional Rail Revival team so with the regional rail it’s a bit
    different, I get to work a lot more cross-functionally with the team so a
    lot more kind of just project support as opposed to being pigeon-holed into a
    role, and then next rotation I’m hoping to move into the marketing team
    to do a bit on the tunnel. My biggest takeaway so far is kind of
    how large the project is you kind of think of it as this big engineering-based
    organisation but there are so many other parts to that. The best part of the program for me so far is probably just the kind of different
    people you get to work with. I think there’s not many situations or many work
    environments where you’re working with engineers, lawyers, accountants,
    program managers, roles that I didn’t even know existed before coming
    into this and I think especially from comms that’s a really rare occurrence
    in the workplace and that’s really fun. For any grad considering this program
    I’d really think about why you want to work for a government
    organisation and how you think that this will kind of propel your career. For me I
    really like working in government and I see myself staying within the public
    service sector for a while, so if you want to be in that sector this
    is a great really great place to start. As well as if you want to get a chance
    to kind of do a lot of different things this program’s definitely for you, with
    the rotation base it gives you the opportunity to do that.


    Ballarat Line Upgrade’s Women in Construction program

    February 9, 2020

    I am an apprentice in civil construction, labouring with Coleman Rail, here on the Ballarat Line Upgrade. Been in employment services, recruitment, HR, social procurement side I totally changed my career and became a blue-collar worker at the age of 50 champion for women on the Women in Construction Program on the Ballarat Line Upgrade and
    absolutely loving it. I come from a background of working in the courts so pretty much in the office in high heels so when I was asked to do this position
    I didn’t really think I could do it I’ve been here for four months now and yeah I don’t think I’d go back to an office now I love it, except the early starts I’m
    not gonna lie that’s not easy! In school I thought I wanted to be a mechanic so I did mechanics and then I did panel beating and then you know as I got older, I learnt more and more about construction and it’s just so much fun,
    just playing in the dirt. I’m lucky that Coleman Rail and a lot of the other
    employers on the Ballarat Line Upgrade are looking at adapting the workplace that women can be part of it and what we can do and what we’re going to be good at. The boys actually like it, because they say it just changes the dynamics up a bit. Just having that mix, makes so much difference to the whole
    environment I think it’s good for everyone. One of the things I love is
    that I come here and I learn and everyday is different. A lot of women coming into more the engineering side which is fantastic, but there’s also the opportunities as the labourers and being the machine
    operators getting into the safety side that sort of thing that I think a lot of our young women are unaware of. You’ve got to start somewhere
    so just get in there and do it that’s what I say. Honestly if you think you
    can’t do this you can, a hundred percent. Just give it a go keep the right
    attitude and you’d be able to do this. These young girls are going to be aware that, if they want to work on the line, they can we’re breaking the barriers for
    them so they need to step up and start applying. Authorised by Victorian Government 1
    Treasury Place Melbourne.


    STEM education program supported by Ballarat Line Upgrade

    February 6, 2020

    I’m here at Melton South primary school
    we’ve been using I guess train-themed activities to be able to build some
    knowledge around how the train works so the infrastructure, the signaling, the
    controls. So to do that we’ve actually been using Ozobots which is a very small
    robot. This sort of program creates an opportunity to work with the local
    schools give children exposure to the type of career opportunities that they
    may not have had sort of the exposure to so that STEM program is one that we can
    align with very naturally. Rail Projects Victoria is working on the
    Cobblebank Station which is part of the Ballarat upgrade and culminating in the
    opening of the station we wanted to engage with the school that’s closest to
    Cobblebank Station, and that’s Melton South Primary School. When the opportunity came up it was like “yes we want to be a part of that” They haven’t had a STEM program, so this year the grade fives and sixes have been involved in
    STEM so STEM being so hands-on it will definitely benefit the type of children
    we have here hands-on learning, really super engaging, life-based skills.


    Job Done: Track Renewals

    February 6, 2020

    With railway track
    stretching up and down the country, from Thurso to Penzance, it’s important to keep it in tip
    top condition. But with the network busier than it’s ever been, closing down tracks for
    repairs can cause disruption for passengers. That’s why we’ve got
    state-of-the-art tech that can, in the space of one
    night, replace up to a mile of track whilst still keeping the line
    next door open for services. The track renewal train arrives
    and transforms into a factory. Old rail is safely removed, as
    are the old sleepers, which are carried away for recycling. We make sure the ground is leveled
    before brand new sleepers are lifted in and shiny new rails laid on top.
    The new track is then firmly secured while specialised
    machines lower it into the right position. Engineers then double
    check everything’s where it should be before we
    make sure it’s stabilised and ready for trains. The factory then folds up
    securely and it’s on to the next job.

    Digging Deeper: What is the Metro Tunnel made of?
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    Digging Deeper: What is the Metro Tunnel made of?

    February 5, 2020

    We are here today at the tunnel lining segment
    manufacturing facility. This is the site where we are building the
    56,000 segments we require to line the 9-kilometre twin tunnels. That equates to a total of 9,370 rings. One ring is composed by six segments. As the TBM is tunnelling, the TBM will be
    installing the segments in a specific sequence so they can line the tunnel. Before we started manufacturing, we had to
    comply with the requirements and the specifications so that’s why we did fire testing on the two
    mixed designs we are using at the moment. What we actually check is that the segments
    are capable of withstanding a fire. What we do is take one of these segments,
    put them in a rig, and then we apply load at specific intervals. Then we apply 1,200 degrees for about an hour
    so that we can simulate a real fire. The production process to build the segments
    is based on an industrial process with a carousel system. We have 60 moulds, these are steel moulds
    that are used to create the shape of the segments. The first stage is the preparation of the
    mould, that involves cleaning and oiling. After that mould is prepared and ready for
    concrete, we proceed with the pouring of the concrete. We have a specific concrete chamber designed
    to withhold all the noise generated by the vibration since we need to vibrate the concrete. The next two stations is where we do our final
    finishing of the extrados, which is the surface of the segment After that, those moulds will go through a
    curing chamber. The idea is to cure them for about six to
    seven hours, and between 50 and 60 degrees celsius so that we can remove the segment
    and reuse the mould.

    Breaking Ground: Cut, cover and concrete at South Yarra
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    Breaking Ground: Cut, cover and concrete at South Yarra

    February 4, 2020

    We kicked off the new year with another major
    occupation at the South Yarra Siding Reserve. This is going to be the entrance to the Metro
    Tunnel at the eastern portal. Not only are we building a new portal, but
    we’re also removing and reinstating all the new rail infrastructure. Building this is complicated because we’re
    in such a tight location with not much room, and we have to fit so many workers and elements
    into one space. Site logistics is one of our biggest priorities. As you can see, a lot of the access is dependent on the
    William Street bridge behind me which was installed in November. Works involved removing two kilometres of
    track, overhead lines and signalling equipment, upgrading all the new rail infrastructure,
    installation of approximately two kilometres of new drainage, 8,500 tonnes of ballast were
    placed, 2,900 sleepers, 32 gantries and 12 foundations for all the new overhead wiring
    structures. The occupation also saw us install six new
    track turnouts, 1.8 kilometres of new track, tying of approximately 550 tonnes of steel
    reinforcement, and our biggest concrete pour to date which was 1,350 cubic metres of concrete. What all that means is, there’s been a lot
    of work done to date. We had a significant milestone, which was
    the pouring of the final section of the roof slab. This is a key element of the cut and cover,
    which will lead into the new Metro Tunnel. This occupation has been the biggest to date
    here at the eastern portal. We had crews working round-the-clock, 24 hours
    a day, 7 days a week. Working in construction we come up against
    forces we can’t control, so despite all the challenges during the holiday season we’ve
    done exceptionally well. I’d like to say thanks to all the staff and
    the workforce, and also the community for their patience and hard work during this time.

    Bob the Rockbank Station signalman
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    Bob the Rockbank Station signalman

    February 4, 2020

    My name is Robert Hogg, I lived at Rockbank Station in a house from 1973 to 1992, and worked shift work here, round the clock. It was peaceful and quiet. There wasn’t much here at all. No houses, nothing. We had tank water, pan toilets. They were also on the
    station as well. It just amazes me after seeing what I used to have to put up
    with. We had nothing, really. So hot here, it used to be. You’d see the clouds come across, and they’d split and all you got is sun and wind. I’ve got photos there, it looks like I’ve been run over by a train. My shirt’s undone, I’m supposed to have a tie on. Then in the winter, it was so cold.
    I used to let people in the station because there was only half a dozen at the most. And to get them warm because it was so freezing out there. The station master at Melton didn’t like it, because he supervised us. But I still let them in. I’d just say “Hey, come on in and get warm”, and they didn’t say no, that’s for sure. They loved it. I think it was 1992, all the
    signals were semaphore arms and they were kerosene fonts and you’d have to go out, once a week, at change over of shifts, you had to have three quarters of an hour. So you had go out and light them, and on a windy day that was pretty hard. Climb up the signals. And then, at the end, they just decided to go automatic and make them electrical. And that’s when it ended, you know. And they used train controllers to run the trains. It’s hard to get used to after living here
    for so long without all the traffic, and houses and that. It’s totally different. Put it that way.

    Progress on the Ballarat Line Upgrade March 2019
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    Progress on the Ballarat Line Upgrade March 2019

    February 2, 2020

    At Ballan we’re putting in a second
    platform, a pedestrian over bridge which is right
    here behind me and lifts and ramps to really make the station user-friendly
    and accessible for all the traveling public. We’re also creating a loop here a
    Ballan, a four kilometre loop and it’s going to enable trains to pass and
    really increase that reliability and also on top of that, it’s about any additional services across the project or on the Ballarat corridor. Now we’re not just doing work at Ballan, we’re doing extensive work across the Ballarat Line
    Upgrade, with works at Rockbank a new station, a completely new rebuild, a
    Cobblebank Station which is a new station for the Cobblebank area and
    Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree are also providing second platforms and those
    station accessibility items and making those user-friendly for the traveling
    public. Authorised by Victorian Government,
    1 Treasury Place, Melbourne

    Metro and High Capacity Transit with bsquiklehausen | Modded Tutorial | Cities: Skylines
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    Metro and High Capacity Transit with bsquiklehausen | Modded Tutorial | Cities: Skylines

    January 29, 2020

    Hi everyone! I’m bsquiklehausen
    and welcome to my second video talking about transit in Cities: Skylines, brought
    to you by Paradox Interactive. Hopefully by now you see my other video on low
    capacity transit as well as Some Fairlife Milk’s video on basic transit
    principles in the vanilla and console games. If you haven’t go check them out
    now the links are in the top right of the video and in the description. Last
    time I talked about low capacity transit particularly buses and trams and today
    even though we’re talking about high capacity transit we’re gonna start with
    buses and trams again! While these are typically fairly low capacity with fast
    frequent service and dedicated rights-of-way, they can be true rapid
    transit networks almost like miniature metros or trains but with the bonus of
    being able to become buses and trams again where you don’t need the speed and
    capacity. Keep in mind though, if you have a route that’s partly in car lanes and
    partly on its own, if the traffic is bad enough where the lanes are shared, it can
    affect service where it needs to be the best. So always monitor these mixed networks to make sure that they’re still working optimally Bus rapid transit and light rail can both be built easily in-game Just use the standalone tram
    tracks or custom bus-only roads set high speed limits for even higher
    capacity, and if you want to get super creative, use of custom elevators and the
    elevated stop enabler to get a full grade-separated experience totally isolating your transit system from the traffic below Great separation is a critical part of a good high-capacity network Even if you have beautiful
    dedicated lanes having intersections every block can be a massive bottleneck.
    The ultimate grade-separated network of course is the metro, or subway, which in
    the vanilla game exists only underground so it can’t be delayed by surface
    traffic. These networks are expensive to build and operate but they could be
    built with extremely little impact to the surface, so your city could still be as dense as you want it. Most metro or subway systems work on the same sort of hub-and-spoke model that suburban transit uses, since the high capacity the network is used to get people from residential areas to the central
    business district of the city You can make sure your metro
    trains don’t run empty by zoning higher density near the metro stations. This
    sort of thing is called transit oriented development and it’s very important to
    get people out of cars. Having good bus connections at each metro station makes
    it easy for multimodal travel and can allow more commuters to use your Metro
    Network. Metro lines in Cities: Skylines are only two tracks each, which means
    that you often have to use parallel tunnels to gain any additional capacity
    along a line. When having too many trains in one place, it can create a massive traffic
    jam that reduces the overall effectiveness of the network
    particularly at stations. Keeping each line to its own tracks and tunnel is a
    good choice except when you have a specific need to run multiple services
    on a single track. Riders are happy to transfer between metro lines a short
    walk away from each other so having several stations near each other can let
    riders change trains to get where they need to go. With the Mass Transit DLC’s
    monorail you can create a great separated high-speed transit network solely on the
    footprint of your existing wide avenues The monorail stations however are very
    noisy so avoid putting them in residential areas or it’ll make your
    residents sick. Using the monorail and bus hub can let you use buses to link
    people to the monorail without the loud station at their doorstep. If you mod
    your game you have access to the fantastic Metro Overhaul Mod, which
    rebalances metro to something a bit more realistic where tunneling is incredibly
    expensive but you have the option of building surface level or elevated metro
    tracks to make it cheaper to build with the sacrifice of taking out more space
    and making more noise. High-capacity transit usually does a very good job of
    serving an inner city or other dense areas as well. Though it rarely extends
    too far into suburbs since the capacity isn’t needed out there. Eventually though,
    your city can sometimes outgrow a hub-and-spoke high-capacity transit
    system and changing it to a grid system requires far more effort than just
    moving bus stops. Building a ring line to connect outer areas about having to go
    to the center of the city and give your citizens more direct routes all over the
    city. It’s one of the few times that looping lines are realistic as well. So
    now we have the dense inner city and less dense suburban areas covered with
    great transit but people coming from even farther away still need car access
    to the city. I’ll show you some examples of that in the next video so be sure to
    subscribe to this channel to see it as soon as it comes out thanks again for
    watching, i’m bsquiklehausen, and I’ll see you next time