(Rail) track progress
The project welcomed new team members to the site in March to commence the installation of ‘offline’ rail equipment (laid next to the existing rail corridor without requiring a rail line closure).
Works are progressing well and as of Monday 1 April, the project has installed 2400 tonnes of ballast, 1586 concrete sleepers and 975 metres of track.
From early April, two new machines will be on site. The tamping machine is used to align the rail and compact the ballast around the sleepers to hold the track in place. The regulator machine is used to profile the ballast shape and clean the ballast off of the rail.
The machines complete 300m of work per hour and generate a loud rumbling sound. They will be used again during the April/May 2019 connection works, once more ballast, sleepers and track is installed.
During the connection works, road rail vehicles will also be used. As the name suggests, these vehicles can travel on road or rail!
The vehicles are fitted with rail wheels enabling them to work on track or off track, as normal plant will not be able to travel over the sleepers and rail. They will be used during the rail occupation to install track and overhead line equipment components.