More Sleepers

What started out a rainy humid day, became and even rainier and more humid day!

But we didn’t let that deter us too much.

While the digger made it’s way to site from Castlemaine, the crew started about removing the sleeper plates.

Once on site the 38 sleepers in this short straight were quickly changed over for their replacements.

There was also quite a bit of sleeper respacing required along here, which was done as the digger went along the job.

A badly sitting fishplate was taken off and replaced with a better fitting version, sometimes the more worn rails are best with less worn plates.

Lunch was held in vehicles, to avoid the rain. With John and Will making good use of the close proximity to ignore each other and look at their phones!

The spiking gun in action, nearing the end of the jobsite.

A good tamp followed.

With a scrape from the digger to restore some material around the sleepers seeing the job at a close. To call it ballast here would be a bit generous… But it’ll do until we can apply a good layer of rock.

Tomorrow will see us run a works train to run out more timber sleepers, to allow us to continue towards Maldon. Meeting Maldon 8am.

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