Tidying Up & Bridge Straightening

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The day started with heads down, bums up. Collecting all the jewellery left over from last weeks re-railing.

Another last – hopefully! Although we’ll be doing this once we get to the other section it will be different, hopefully with less double handling. However we’ve stacked all the jewellery from this into drums, onto pallets or into containers ready for storage, re-use or disposal. It really tidies up the site.

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We also took the opportunity to break up the last of the 60lb rail from this straight, but not before dragging it up to a much easier location. All the plates and bolts have also been sorted. Our lifting and tamping works from last Friday have received great praise from our train crews – it’s good to know our works gets noticed.

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We even took the opportunity to stack all the surplus materials neatly and orderly, ready for loading onto a train at some stage for transport to more appropriate homes.

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The afternoon was spent correcting some bad track geometry at the down end of Muckleford Creek Bridge, under the expert eyes of Victorian Railways trained Mick and Rolf. We lifted some significant dips just off the bridge, as well as completely re-lining the approach curve and first few lengths of rail onto the bridge. The end result is very impressive! (Only the rest of the track to go now).

Tomorrow will be attending to some materials in Castlemaine Yard that require shifting for the upcoming works – exciting times! Meeting Maldon 7.30am or Castlemaine from 8.30am.

On a sadder note, many readers may have known track gang regular (not so much recently, but for many years) Rob Fletcher. Rob unfortunately passed away suddenly today – for further details please visit the Members Area of the VGR Website.

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