Castlemaine Cleanup

A bit more cleanup at Castlemaine was undertaken yesterday.

Our efforts were focussed on the northern end of the yard, lifting the old double compound in what was 4 siding and cleaning up all the loose rails.

We’ve nearly stacked all the material that was in the foreground to over onto where 2rd used to be.


Today was a bit of an odd jobs day, firstly we prepared the sleeper plates for the Muckleford UP end 1/2 Rd turnout (the same as we did last week for the down end).

That job will be tackled over the next few weeks.

We also prepared trucks for the workday at Castlemaine tomorrow (9.00 am start at the big red shed if your interested) and did some tamping of dipped joints in the Muckleford – Castlemaine section.

Workday at Castlemaine Sat 28th

We’ll be holding a workday at Castlemaine this Saturday (28th) to move rail, continue cleaning up the site and start work on 5 SIDING!

9.00am start at the carriage shed at Castlemaine, no need to confirm you’re attending, but feel free to ring Will on 0438 037 346 if you have any questions or queries. 

What to bring: steel capped work boots, food, drink, appropriate work clothing and sun protection. 

Back at Daylesford

We’ve been back over helping our friends at Daylesford.

This time just a bit of turnout tamping and ballast spreading, to finish off the old Ballarat Line.

We’re back there tomorrow to help again, at which point hopefully all the works associated with the new bridge will be completed.

Muckleford Point Works

We’ve spent today plating the down end 1/2rd turnout at Muckleford.

Previously the rails were fastened directly to the sleepers, however with the number of trains we now run, we’ve been finding that the curve leg was starting to ‘work’ and the spikes loosen.

To remedy this we’ve used sleeper plates to provide much better lateral support for the rails and also to greatly improve the life of the timber.


With the down leg now behind us we spent today focusing on the up leg. (Between Woodlocks Ln and the Maldon Home signal)

This will now mean that Bendigo Rd to Maldon yard will all be 80lb.

Still some more spiking tomorrow to finish the job but an excellent day’s work.