On Wednesday March 14, work started on the relay of 67m of track in mass concrete starting from ‘Depot Junction’ and running up the grade to pole 28. It is expect that this work will take 12 weeks to complete, but this is dependent on both weather and funds to purchase concrete.
The rail to be used for this work was recovered from Anzac Parade, Kensington and was donated by the contractor working on that section of the new CESLR works.
P1497 ran the final trip to the National Park for the time being on the afternoon of the 14th of March.
Scope of Works
- New track drain to be installed 10 metres South of the boundary gate to help capture and remove any excess water over flowing from Sydney Trains railway easement.
- Concrete encase the track and track drains South from the existing concreted Depot points through to pole 28
- Build a sandstone retaining wall from the South boundary gate to Pole 28 along the western boundary
- Certify track for operational use.
- Reinstate grass and tidy up area.
Saturday 16th of March 2019
Rails freed up – tie bars unbolted and all spikes pulled out along both sides of the worksite. Much rain slows work.
Wednesday 20th of March 2019
Saturday 23rd of March 2019
The work area was excavated by our regular earth moving contractor. Now the ex Kensington rails will be moved in, aligned and leveled. At lot of the spoil was taken to TAFE crossing and used to build up the ground alongside the new concrete track there.
Saturday 30th of March 2019
The weather has already conspired to delay work on this project. On this day the perway crew should have been dragging rails into position and starting with gauging and leveling, instead rain the day before and on Saturday itself made the entire site one large muddy hole. Run off from the railway scoured out the excavation along the upper part and filled the lower part of the excavation with what amounted to quicksand.
Saturday 6th of April 2019
The rain stopped and the site dried out, so the more work was able to be done. ‘Tidy up’ work with the excavator and the rails laid out for the next step.
Wednesday 10th of April 2019
Track construction finally started – the rain stayed away allowing rail welding to start
Saturday 13th of April 2019
The welding of ‘sleepers’ started along with initial leveling.
Wednesday 22nd of May 2019
After many weeks of work welding, aligning, levelling and generally getting every thing as perfect as we can, the first concrete arrives. The concrete, a small amount of surplus was used to ‘lock in’ the first 3 metres of track by concreting in the ‘cess’ on each side. The cess is done first as it will allow the truck to back further up the line to place the next load – and also allows the form-work to be moved along at the earliest opportunity.
Photos by Martin Pinches
Saturday 25th of May 2019
A load of purchased concrete. Another 3 metres of track ‘locked in’ and 3 metres finished off.
Photos by Matthew Geier