Sleepers and Tamping

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as kind today, but we did find enough time to get 12 concrete sleepers installed as well as jacking and tamping a few large dips in Curve 13.

Just off the end of the bridge was a significant hole, which is due to water holding, unfortunately this has been here from when the track was rebuilt in 2002, so no doubt we’ll be back again to correct this, at least it’s better than it was.

It’s been a very successful week and hopefully we can achieve a bit next week too.

Check back Monday for details of workdays next week.

Dogging Up

Today was spent installing the last of the sleeper plates and dogging everything up.

It’s come up looking smart and hopefully once we’ve installed the 10 or so concrete sleepers required to replace the failed timber and cleaned up all the jewellery it’ll look very smart. Tomorrow will hopefully also see a bit of jacking and tamping to remove a few dips, bringing this up to a very high standard.

We did and accurately measure of just how much we’ve re-railed, with the up leg having 299m of 94lb installed and the Down leg having 325m installed, not a bad effort given we were expecting bad weather (which hasn’t yet arrived)

Meeting just up the bike track from Muckleford station around 8.15am tomorrow.


Another 300m (approx) of 94lb rail installed today, this time the other leg of yesterday’s section.

We flew through it, with the bulk of work finished just after lunch.

The 94/80/60 Junction section was cascaded down to the new rail junction location, all just so easy and convenient with the array of machines we have available now.

As the weather is looking poor for the next week (well pour in terms of trying to work in it) and we’ve got another big level crossing rebuild coming up very shortly, it’s unlikely we’ll achieve much more here in the short term, probably more in the tidying up and finishing off than ploughing ahead with more re-railing.

There will be workdays on Thursday and Friday, but check back Wednesday night for details as the weather may alter things a lot.


With a slightly bigger than expected crowd, today saw an very nice bonus amount of 94lb installed on tangent 12-13.

We’ve re-railed the Down leg from the curve we were working on last week to where the digger is sitting, a length of approximately 300m.

A really keen eye will note the home signal in the background, we started about 80m this side of that.

An excellent effort for today’s small team of 5, with lots of drop out and preparation work undertaken before we set about changing rails just after lunch time. So far everything has been clipped up to the 1 in 3 concretes, but we’re yet to finalise the closure back to the 60lb.

Given the rather wet forecast for Wednesday and beyond, tomorrow might be our last decent workday this week. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow we’ll have the UP leg re-railed to the same location, closures completed and be well under way with clean up. Meeting Maldon 7.30am or Muckleford from 8.15am.