Rail Recovery

It was a very productive day, with much better weather than yesterday.

The gang worked very hard, removing around 1km on anchors, an enormous job, with most of them first needing finding in the ballast, before receiving a good hit from a sledge to set them free, it’s certainly not the best job on the track.

While the hitting was going on, sleepers were being extracted from the roadbed near Hutchinson’s Ln, the piles of old timber can just be seen in the pic above, still a lot to go but we’re getting there.

Next week we’re planning on preparing the next ski jump at Stephen St. and start towing up to the next crossing. Meeting at Stephen Street from 8.30am.

3 thoughts on “Rail Recovery

  1. I must have missed key detail posted previously. My apologies. What line is being ripped up as the donor for said rail??
    Also, is it 80lb you require and is there an estimate on the allocation being gifted to you that allows a further estimate of how much VGR can potentially replace to improve that line.
    Sorry if I’ve asked on what may have already been promulgated?

    Well done on the efforts as usual.


    1. Hi David, the donor line is the Castlemaine to Maryborough Railway line, specifically the section Maldon Junction to Guildford (about 9km) .

      The rails remain the property of VicTrack, however they have allowed us, at our expense, to move them to our railway for our use, requiring us to leave the corridor accessible for maintenance and vegetation control etc… Hence the tidying up of old sleepers etc.

      The rall being recovered is a mixture of 80 and 94lb (about 50/50) and the length we’re recovering is adequate to allow us to replace all 60lb rail remaining in our mainline.

      Hopefully that answers your questions. Cheers, Will


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