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Glengowrie Tram Depot

Written by Dene Macleod

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Project Overview

Coleman Rail upgraded the existing Glenelg tramline, which involved a complete reconstruction of the original 10kms of dual track in ballast. The track, electrical system and passenger facilities were completed in a 9 week occupation after which the system returned to normal service.

Following completion of the upgrade, Coleman Rail was then engaged to extend the tramline by a further 1.6kms through the Adelaide CBD. Construction of the track, electrical system and passenger facilities were completed in a 24 week period. The majority of work in the CBD was delivered in short intense weekend occupations ensuring minimal disruption to local residents and businesses.

TransAdelaide sought Coleman Rail to design and construct the new Glengowrie Tram Depot in Adelaide, which was part of their tram maintenance works. This design and construct contract also involved demolition of existing building sand infrastructure.

The total combined value of these contracts was in excess of $75 million.

Project Scope

The tramline upgrade involved:-

  • 10km of dual track in ballast, including 9 road crossings and the refurbishment of 12 turnouts.
  • Passenger facilities including 18 tram stops, with raised platforms and 41 pedestrian crossings both with access mazes and ramps to DDA compliant standards.
  • The upgrade of 4 No. 600VDC converter stations, construction of a new traction power side feeder system and modification of the overheads.
  • Platforms, 600VDC shore supply and an LRV jacking system.
  • Upgrade of the signalling system.
  • Alterations to the maintenance depot to accommodate new light rail vehicles, as well as the old trams, including introduction of retractable overhead maintenance.
  • Redevelopment of Victoria Square South.