An update…

A couple of weeks ago we experienced a issue with one of the traction motors that drives the excavator when it’s up on rail wheels. 

The internals of the motor experienced a failure which resulted in lots of fine pieces of plastic and metal being deposited through that section of the hydraulics. It’s also had the flow on effect of clogging up all the hydraulic filters and strainers, leading to some issues in the operation of the excavators controls and travel.

However all the filters and traction motor components are now on hand and will be installed early in the coming week, and hence we’ll be back into it in no time!!

In the mean time some old fashioned manual work has been undertaken:

  • Stacking sleeper plates on pallets in readiness for rerailing 
  • Breaking up more of the Swanhill line fish plates for use in our track
  • Lining to remove some of our worst kinks between Maldon and the 87 mile post. 
  • And most recently replacing some badly worn fish plates in Sawmill Rd crossing


Sawmill Rd Level Crossing after replacement of the worn fish plates. The worn plates had resulted in a very rough joint in the crossing. 

We are planning to be back into rerailing the week after next, on the curve over the Pyrenees Hwy Bridge. 

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