Curve 7

The past two days have been very productive, with all the pads installed on the 90 concrete sleepers trackside, all fastenings from Pyrenees Hwy to Winters Flat Bridge unfastened for the concrete sleeper treatment (it’s in anticipation for a delivery of more next week).

We have even managed to insert 81 of the sleepers in preparation for tomorrow’s clipping up. The other 9 are just waiting for the sleeper trenches to drain after filling in the storm last night.

Today also saw a full tamp and ballast scrape of everything unfinished on the down side of Pyrenees Hwy.

Tomorrow we’ll be meeting between the bridges around 8.30am to clip up the concretes before we move to Castlemaine to replace a few very tired point timbers.

Curve 7

Another busy preparation day today, with 90 concrete sleepers dropped out along curve 7.

Tomorrow will be removing fastenings, anchors and preparing to install the concrete. Meeting Maldon 8am or on site from 8.30am.

More concrete sleepers

Today was very successful, with a further 86 sleepers fully installed and clipped up into curve 7, taking us to the Pyrenees Hwy Bridge. (we forgot to get any pictures though!)

It was also Rolf’s birthday, which we celebrated in style with a cake to mark the occassion. His dogs were just as excited as he was!

Next week there will be workdays Tuesday through to Friday, we’ll be working on more sleepers in curve 7 and if we get time we’ll replace a few point timbers in Castlemaine Yard.

Castlemaine yard

On what was probably the first properly frosty morning of the year, Castlemaine yard was a buzz with activity.

The deep sewer works required some heavy duty equipment, these works are now almost complete.

The shed extension area had a bobcat and truck running around levelling the site and adding some rock to the muddy bits to harden it up ready to build the shed.

But more importantly we were on site finishing off our track work. Lots of jacking and tamping works, getting a nice uniform level and top to the trackwork.

The gang hard at work, all maintaining excellent social distance.

The finished result does look amazingly snazzy… Just a pity all our hard work will end up buried! But it should last for a very very long time, which was the whole objective.

After lunch we’d completed our portion of the required works in Castlemaine, so we all ventured back out to our current work site on tangent 7-8, where we installed a further 60 concrete sleepers, completing this tangent. All but the last 10 or so have been clipped up.

Tomorrow will be back here, working on into curve 7 towards the Pyrenees Hwy Bridge. Meeting Maldon 8am or near the Brown St. Pedestrian Crossing from 8.30am.