Addition of track panels on either side of the 2nd (Eastern) track at TAFE crossing
This is a minor enabling work for future use. Long-term plans have the museum double track run between the two Pitt Street crossings (which we call Pitt Street crossing and TAFE Crossing, but both are Pitt Street – it runs through the TAFE and back out again).
The main driver for this is to ensure the Rawson Road upgrade respects the rail corridor and it’s levels, as the round-about at this location is not properly located and is too close to the track.
The small Tuesday night gang have been welding up rails at this location.
This also means we have a place for surplus concrete. With Waratah Loop complete, we have few places to take offered surplus concrete. Setting these panels up means we have somewhere to use the concrete.
The Tuesday night team have been ‘chipping’ away at this for some time, welding up a new ‘track drain’ and building formwork.
The preparation work paid off when a significant amount of surplus concrete arrived over several Saturdays.
This will only be concreted almost to the end of the rail you can see. At some point in the distant future, a set of points will be here too and it will be a single line to Waratah loop.
Shortly they will do similar on the southern side of the level crossing, concreting in one length of rail to set the future levels at this location.
April 10th, 2018
A good load of surplus concrete has allowed the northern leg of this crossing to be completed.
Danny Adamopoulos/Matthew Geier
Focus will now shift to the southern side of the crossing where a similar single panel of track will be constructed.
Not much has happened for a while at this location, however a lot of work is planned here over the summer.
Between Christmas and New Years the Sutherland line will be closed beyond TAFE crossing and a new set of left hand Melbourne style points will be placed in the mainline to the north of the crossing that will eventually form the northernmost limit of double track from the museum.
On Saturday the 8th a quantity of concrete turned up that was used to secure the track panel to the south of the actual crossing.