Sutherland line closure for points installation, December 2018
This project is to install the points at TAFE crossing that will eventually become the end of the museum’s double track section. A Melbourne point mechanism is being installed, and the crossing diamond is one recovered earlier in the year from Anzac Pde, Kensington and is thus a ‘genuine’ Sy
For the foreseeable future these points will be locked out of use
This project was intended to be completed before New Years, but the wild weather in Sydney during the last week resulted in many local builders cancelling their concrete orders, so the local concrete plant shut down early. The museum order is not large enough to warrant opening the plant. The concrete plant doesn’t expect to open till the 4th of January.
After assembly up at Waratah loop, the ‘prefabricated’ assembly was moved down to TAFE in two sections.
On Friday the 21st of December the Sutherland line was formally closed beyond TAFE and the track lifted for 36m north of the crossing slab. This was levelled and then the points placed into position and welded back into one unit.
Martin Pinches / Matthew Geier
Saturday 22nd December
It was originally planned to concrete, but the early shutdown of the local concrete plan put an end to that plan. The rails between the points and the crossing were placed and welded.
Saturday 29th of December
The next panel of rails was cut and welded into position and the track straightened. The track drain frames were also welded into position.
Saturday 12th of January
The local concrete plant has restarted. 12m³ of concrete was ordered. 15m³ turned up. With a crew on only 2 workers, this was placed, locking various bits of the track into position. The remaining bits need more rail lining before they to get locked in with concrete. The day was hot, humid and still. It was hot hard work.