Tamping

Yesterday’s work needed to be tamped and the approaches to the crossing lifted considerably to match what will be the new track height. The crossing us currently 60mm below the road level so we’ll aim for a 75mm raise and that’ll allow 15mm for future asphalt re-topping.

This meant that the whole length of Walmer Road Bridge needed a lift also, of around the same amount, this was also needed as there was little to no ballast between the sleepers and decking, so there’s around 75mm of rock between them now.

It certainly looks much better, as we also fixed any issues in the track at the same time. We could still go more at the UP end, however we were starting to run out of ballast to do much more.

With a good run over with the bucket, it’s come up looking very clever! The concrete sleepers either side of the roadway will remain and any timber we’ll be digging out with the works and renewing the ballast below to ensure drainage.

Next week we’ll be running ballast trains and hopefully lots of them! Tuesday’s crew will meet at Maldon at 8am, when we’ll set off ready to start dropping out rock.

Walmer Road Preparations

Today began by replacing the failed point timber at Muckleford. It was nice simple swap out the old and in with the new.

It still needs a tamp, but otherwise it’s job done.

The bulk of the day was replacing 31 timber sleepers on the approach to Walmer Road Crossing.

A few other things such as mowing, general tidying and sorting in the area was also undertaken, to save time on rebuild day (15th December).

The yellow truck also got pushed into service to transport chairs to Castlemaine for Saturday’s members day.

It was a very successful day, with some nice weather for a change!

Tomorrow will include jacking and tamping today’s replacements, in preparation for getting the levels right for the crossing rebuild. Meeting at Muckleford from 8.15am.

Maldon Yard

Today the Down end 3 Road turnout at Maldon received some attention.

We had one timber to replace from some months back when we put the air and water lines in, however while there, we decided to do a proper job and replace a few more. 6 were replaced in total, a combination of new and 2nd hand.

We also replaced a broken rail, unfortunately in these old turnouts, the rails are so worn that breaks occur very easily, thankfully we have none like this in the mainline any longer, there just relegated to the depths of Maldon Yard.

We also managed to fit in some drainage works, which will hopefully stop the water pooling in the area like it has been.

The exact details of Thursday’s workday are yet to be determined, however it’ll likely be a day down at Muckleford preparing for the Wamer Road Crossing Rebuild.