Concrete Sleepers

Well thankfully the seemingly endless piles of concrete sleepers were still exactly where we left them last week.

Unfortunately they hadn’t miraculously moved themselves to beside the track.

But after a few hours of excavator work, they are all sitting nicely awaiting the beginning of insertion tomorrow!

The next three days we’ll be based at Boundary Track, where we hope to get the majority of these inserted.

Meeting at Maldon 8am or on site from 8.30am.

Concrete Sleepers

We had an extremely successful day today, but only one very poor photo remembered on the way home! (it’s hard to see, but a keen eye will note the sleepers in packs of 4 sitting on the track – lucky there’s no trains running!).

We’ve pulled screws and spikes to Boundary Trk Xing as well dropped out around 340 sleepers on the rail near to their eventual homes.

We’ll be back here Tuesday, placing them all track-side, ready for a lift and tamp on Wednesday as well as the start of the replacements.

Castlemaine project – loco shed update

Loco Shed construction at Castlemaine has continued relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

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The Loco Shed is currently being erected by the contractor with all the frame up, roof on and cladding being progressively installed.

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The 4m wide side annexes finish up against the retaining wall installed earlier by the gang

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The size of the new shed can be seen, when compared to the original sheds servicing pits seen at the rear of the photo.

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The western annex will eventually provide extensive room for consumables storage, a compressor room, and storage of some tools and equipment required for running maintenance.

We expect handover from the contractor in mid April, ready for us to continue with essential fit out prior to gaining formal certificate of occupancy.

Concrete Sleepers

As promised, it was a day of loading concrete sleepers. 388 in total were loaded onto all our suitable wagons, including the latest addition to the fleet QB2 currently on loan to us from Steamrail.

This number allows us to complete tangent 8-9 with about 40 left over for the next tangent.

Next week will include dropping these out and hopefully starting to get them under the track.