Waratah Loop

The northern terminus of the museum track is officially known as Waratah Loop as in the Grand Plan for the tramway this will be a passing loop halfway to the future terminus in Sutherland itself. However long before then the terminus will actually become a loop that will permit trams to ‘run around’ each other at the Northern Terminus.

The current works program hopes to create the loop, set in mass concrete and a shunting neck north of the loop towards the substation building that will also contain a right hand set of points into a ‘perway yard’. A concrete pad will also be placed to enable a stored historic waiting shelter to be rebuilt at this location.

Work recently restarted at Waratah Loop as most of the places we can use surplus concrete in the museum proper have been completed, so despite the fact the terminus is currently unreachable due to the condition of ‘Army Hill’ a start is being made on the loop as to make use of the supply of surplus concrete the museum is offered.

March 19 2014

With a lack of concrete places becoming ‘critical’ a working day was held up at Waratah. Canini excavated some trenches for track drains and cleared some soil with his machines. This will allow a track drain next to the current double track crossing slab to be constructed. The partially built southern points for the loop were completely dismantled and the rails removed. A Sydney style weighted set of points will be built and concreted in at this location.

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Matthew Geier

April 3, 2014

Work, mostly by Mike Giddey, has seen a short length of track north of the existing driveway crossing laid out for concreting. Just before the existing crossing slab a track drain is being constructed. The rails on the right are the existing terminus track, which when the eastern track is concreted will be removed, excavated and the eastern track used as a level for it’s eventual concreting.

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Martin Pinches

Since this photo was taken, the base of the track drain has been formed using concrete signal troughing sections.

April 16,2014

The track drain is now ready for concrete and a panel of track has been made ready and welded into place. Further down hill near the gate to the Waratah Loop compound where the ground drops away, a rock wall is being extended using the No2 fork lift to place large rocks into position.

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Martin Pinches

May 2014

On Saturday the 10th of May several small loads of concrete were placed at Waratah loop, possibly making the first concrete placed there for many years. This concrete was used to ‘lock in’ the new eastern track by placing the concrete around the metal ties bars only.

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Martin Pinches

 

September 2014

With the work at the Pitt St gate area complete, attention returned to Waratah loop. Canini was again called in to clear the ground for work to start south of the existing concreted crossing.

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Martin Pinches

October 2014

More concrete and ground clearing. Soon the previously constructed points for the south entrance of Waratah Loop will able to be placed into position. The eastern track of the loop has been extended ready for concreting and is now closer to Sutherland than the old terminus track adjacent to it.

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Martin Pinches

October 8th 2014

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Martin Pinches

October 18th 2014

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Martin Pinches

October 25th 2014

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Martin Pinches

November 1st 2014

More concrete and rails placed at the loop. It was intended to weld the some rails on the south side of the driveway slab, but the temperature climbed into the high 30s and it was considered a fire risk to start welding.

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Martin Pinches

November 8th 2014

More concrete and the rails heading south welded. The concrete is being placed on a new eastern track. The old western track has a tank waggon stored on it preventing work on that existing track currently. The 2nd photo shows newly welded rails on the western track heading south. Short sections of scrap trail are being used as tie bars. Approximately where the photographer is standing, the southern entrance points to the loop will be constructed.

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Martin Pinches

November 19th 2014

More track south of the driveway crossing

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Martin Pinches

December 6th 2014

Concrete now going in south of the access gate/crossing

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Martin Pinches

May 2015

After a break, some more activity to report – the old rails from ‘Army Hill’ have been dragged
up to the loop itself and welding has started to make this long continuous lengths.

Matthew Geier

At some point soon Army Hill will get regraded so that it’s a constant slope all the way
down, at the moment the slope has a ‘hump’ in it, and then reconstruction of the actual track will commence.

While a reopening is still a long way off, things are moving forward.

Matthew Geier

 

June 2015

One the 20th of June, Canini graded Army Hill and then started excavation of a trench down the middle
for conduits.

Matthew Geier

 

July 2015

Martin Pinches

Martin Pinches

August 2015

Martin Pinches

Martin Pinches

 

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February 2016

The main focus of work for some time has been Army Hill itself, but the other end of the hill has been receiving some attention with the construction of the south points for Waratah Loop.

The points being installed are 'Melbourne Style' spring mechanism, the same type installed at the 'Pitt Street Crossover'. It was originally intended to install a Sydney style mechanism here, but right where the points were to go there is a high pressure gas main encased in concrete, so it was not possible to dig the pit required for a Sydney mechanism. The blade units are 2nd hand from Melbourne.

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Martin Pinches

February 20

Over the past week some concrete has been placed at the Waratah loop entrance points fixing them into position.

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Matthew Geier

Work has been continuing on the points through March and into April.

April 4th

Waratah Loop - south points.

Danny Adamopoulos

April 9th

Adjacent to the current works is a rarely used 'back entrance' to the Army property. We are concreting up to their gate.

Waratah Loop - south points.
Waratah Loop - south points.

Danny Adamopoulos

April 16th

A good run due to donations enabling the purchasing of concrete have allowed this points to be concreted in quite quickly. Concrete is now between the new track and the Army's access gate. Much more work is needed before the Rawson Ave side can be concreted. A CSO welder has been working on the turn out rails.

Danny Adamopoulos

April 30th

'Mainline' now up to the gate. Work still proceeding on the turn out rails.

Waratah Loop - south points.
Waratah Loop - south points.

Matthew Geier

July 2nd

The eastern loop track at the Sutherland end was joined up, and the track drain was further extended ready for the next rail to be welded in place. This means both tracks of Waratah loop are 'connected' now.

The inside rail to the eastern track being placed into the correct position prior to cutting and welding.

Danny Adamopoulos

Danny Adamopoulos

July 9th

A minor milestone has been achieved - We now have full track to both sides of 'Waratah Loop'. This will now be concreted into position as concrete is supplied, with all the fiddly welding required now completed.

Welding the outside rail

Martin Pinches

July 27 / July 30

Work continues on the turn out with the outer check rail being progressively welded into place.

Danny Adamopoulos

Matthew Geier

August 27th

Work today focused on the installation of the 'Melbourne style' point operating mechanism that was fabricated by Mike Giddy.

Martin Pinches

 

November 12th

The rails from the advancing Army Hill reconstruction were welded to the new Waratah Loop points. Only 12m of concreting to be done and Waratah Loop is reconnected to the museum. A small amount of concrete that arrived on the day was used on the Waratah Loop diverging track.
See the Army Hill page for the 'closure' of the rails.

A concrete pad is being constructed near the loop for Cremorne tramway waiting shed the museum has in 'knocked down form' to be reassembled at this location.

 

Foundation for Cremorne waiting shed.

Danny Adamopolous

November 16th

Some extra concrete arrived. The 2 Wednesday workers working up at Waratah Loop had to call in a couple of Wednesday workshop regulars to lend a hand as the warm day was making the concrete 'go off' too fast.

Martin Pinches

 

December 3rd

The track next to the new waiting shed was removed and excavated. This track will be concreted and a new brick gutter in front of the waiting shed will be constructed. Sydney Trains have also started on a path over to their restored substation.

Danny Adamopolous - Martin Pinches

December 10th

Vintage seat being delivered for use in the new Waratah loop waiting shed.

Martin Pinches

December 17th

A small group were working near the new waiting shed cleaning rails to be re-installed when our concrete supplier called in with a significant quantity of surplus concrete.

While this small group were struggling to work this concrete, the scrubber car 134s arrived as part of a track cleaning run. 134s looked on as more people got to work on the wet and rapidly drying concrete.

Martin Pinches

 

Finishing off the concrete
Two works cars near the terminus.

Matthew Geier

January 7th, 2017

Martin Pinches

 

January 21st, 2017

Work continues to ready the track in front of the new waiting shed to be concreted.

Martin Pinches

 

January 25th, 2017

New track in front of the new waiting shed got some concrete. Now that this is ready and the first bit is in, we expect relatively rapid progress on concreting the rest.

Ian Saxon

 

January 28th, 2017

Martin Pinches

February 4th, 2017

More concreting. The track beside the new waiting shelter gets nearer to completion. A batch of bull nose bricks has been purchased to build a small curb next to the new waiting shed. Now the track in front of the shelter has been concreted, the kerb can be built.

Martin Pinches

February 11th, 2017

The track is now complete south of the 'driveway' access to the waratah loop yard area.

A brick kerb for the waiting shed was started. This will be similar to the look in front of the Miranda waiting shed back at the museum gates.

Danny Adamopoulos

February 15th, 2017

A new fence to separate the passenger areas from our storage yard.
The new eastern track near the waiting shed. It's being held into position by long tie rods to the existing track. This will accurately maintain the spacing while the concrete is being poured.

Martin Pinches

February 25th, 2017

F393 makes a visit to the new waiting shed.

Matthew Geier

March 11th, 2017

Concreting the '6ft' between the two tracks near the waiting shed.

The 'back entrance' to the army site. Preparations to concrete the driveway.

Danny Adamopoulos