Rail Recovery

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We ended last week quite successfully, despite a significant deluge of rain, all of the loose rails moved over Donkey Gully Rd earlier in the week were towed down to Fryers Rd.

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We did hint a couple of weeks back at the ski jump, the purpose of which is shown above. It simply allows enough clearance below the bottom of the digger for a rail to be projected ahead of the digger out over the crossing. It worked very well, and we think we can probably make a few refinements for the next crossing. Normally the digger would become beached on the rail as soon as the rail sits more than about 50mm above normal rail height – this solved that well.

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We did very well today, with everything South of Donkey Gully Road now lifted and towed to the north – it still needs shuffling up to Fryers Road which will keep us busy later in the week.

But the significant part of this milestone is that it marks half way! We’ve lifted around 4.5kms of track (or 9km of rail). It certainly doesn’t mean we’re half way through the job however, as we still need to do a lot of cleaning up back towards Guildford and there is now an enormous amount of towing to get the rail through to Castlemaine, but at least it feels like we’re making progress.

Tomorrow and for the majority of this week we will put our time into cleaning up, with the fastenings to be collected up and stacked by the road crossings, sleepers to be lifted and roadbed roughly levelled. Meeting tomorrow 8.30am at Donkey Gully Road.

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