Castlemaine Loco Shed – We’re Nearly Finished!

It was a short week this week with Good Friday giving us a day off track work.

On Thursday we set out to get the last two tracks into the loco shed as close to finished as possible. That involved final alignment of the two tracks (A Road and B Road), bolting rails together, drilling point timbers, screwing base plates into position and clipping up rails to sleepers.

By early afternoon we had the track ready to accept ballast, initially using a pile we had nearby, placed by the excavator bucket load. Once we had the track roughly supported, we were able to run a ballast train over B Road, but we’ve saved A Road for next week.

Clive, Graham (back of) and Mal hard at work bolting up a rail joint (in a very hard to get to place) at the vee crossing of the turnout.

Photos are in short supply, but at the end of the day we were able to run our fleet of excavators into B Road, ready for next Thursday.

The VGR’s entire fleet of excavators in the same place at once! Sitting on B Road, with A Road in the foreground.

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April
Next week we will continue at Castlemaine, ballasting, tamping and more track building. Hopefully we can leave the Castlemaine loco depot ready for locos after that.

Castlemaine at 8.00am on both days. If you’d like to join us, please call or text John on 0427 352 416.

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