Retaining Wall – Castlemaine

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Well after two very long and hard days, we now have all the uprights in place and braced ready for a concrete pour.

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The retaining wall we’re constructing is to separate the access road from the new engine shed, which has a significant height difference.

We’re keeping in a very typical railway style, making it all from old rail.

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The uprights are spaced at 1200mm centres, with extras around the service trenches where wider spans were required. A total of 41 posts all up – all very heavy and hard to handle!

We employed a fairly simple system of running a length of level 60lb rail along the bottom, to which the 80lb uprights (due their increased strength) were then welded vertically and in turn braced ready for a concrete pour around the uprights. The welding was all thanks to Bazz.

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The end result is very impressive! It’ll easily be the best all rail retaining wall on the Railway! The concrete pour should be tomorrow, allowing a week for hardening, before we install the longitudinal rails and back-filling.

Tomorrow and Friday will be a few more Concrete Sleepers in Tangent 8-9, meeting Maldon 8am or site from 8.30am.

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