More sleepers

Now that we’ve completed the 1 in 3 concretes, were going back through and replacing any failed intermediate timber sleepers, mainly focusing on joints.

We installed around 60 concretes today, staring from Muckleford and headed about 2kms, still lots to go but with the smaller gangs and addition of masks things do happen a bit slower.

We have also replaced a large number of the failed 60lb bolts in the same length, greatly slowing progress.

Due to the forecast of heavy rain tomorrow, we’ve decided to cancelled the day. But we’ll be back into it next week.

The end!

Today saw us complete our 1 in 3 resleepering project from Muckleford to Midland Hwy.

It was all fairly standard, however we have actually used full profile concretes here, as at the time of dropping out they were all we had left.

To compensate for the extra thickness we lifted the track higher in the lifting pass and just to make sure they would fit we got Mal to polish them up!

Just after lunch time the 100th was in and clipped up! Essentially completing this project.

The extra lift has left us a bit light on for ballast here, so before trains resume we will do a ballast drop.

A few 80lb rails left over from when the curve was re-railed were dragged down towards the bridge ready for insertion at some future date. While the old 94lb from Midland Hwy prior to rebuilding was moved to assess it’s condition for reuse in a yard or disposal.

Overall the job and the project as a whole has completely changed our little railway into a significant and lasting peice of infrastructure! It’s happened in an amazingly short time, less than 2 years.

Tomorrow we’ll be working on dropping out sleepers between Muckleford and Castlemaine where the remaining timber sleepers have failed. Meeting Maldon at 8am.

The end!

Today saw us complete our 1 in 3 resleepering project from Muckleford to Midland Hwy.

It was all fairly standard, however we have actually used full profile concretes here, as at the time of dropping out they were all we had left.

To compensate for the extra thickness we lifted the track higher in the lifting pass and just to make sure they would fit we got Mal to polish them up!

Just after lunch time the 100th was in and clipped up! Essentially completing this project.

The extra lift has left us a bit light on for ballast here, so before trains resume we will do a ballast drop.

A few 80lb rails left over from when the curve was re-railed were dragged down towards the bridge ready for insertion at some future date. While the old 94lb from Midland Hwy prior to rebuilding was moved to assess it’s condition for reuse in a yard or disposal.

Overall the job and the project as a whole has completely changed our little railway into a significant and lasting peice of infrastructure! It’s happened in an amazingly short time, less than 2 years.

Tomorrow we’ll be working on dropping out sleepers between Muckleford and Castlemaine where the remaining timber sleepers have failed. Meeting Maldon at 8am.

More Concretes

Another successful day today, with 17 timber sleepers replaced and 52 more concretes installed.

We’ve even dropped out the next 70 odd ready for insertion hopefully next week.

We’re really on the home straight for this project now, with only this short section left to get us through to Midland Hwy. It’s been a massive effort but certainly a very worthwhile one, with the real benefits going to become apparent when it’s time to re-rail.