TAFE crossover installation

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’ Sydney tramway track component.

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.

Matthew Geier

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.

Matthew Geier

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.

Martin Pinches

Saturday 2nd February 2019

After another delay due to the Australia day public holiday, we were able to purchase another 8 cubic metres of concrete to finish most of the 4 foot on the related track. There is now only 2.5 linear metres of track left to finish. This will be done in the 2 weeks as some minor adjustments need to be done on the track before it can be finished concreting. This can only be done after this recent load of concrete cures.

Martin Pinches

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Another 3.6 cubic metres of concrete was poured at the TAFE crossing track relay by the Wednesday infrastructure crew.

Danny Adamopolous

Tuesday night 12th February 2019

Completed lifting the dipped rail the maximum we could without seriously cracking the previous concreted sections. The head was rewelded and the replacement western running rail was started to be welded in.

Danny Adamopolous

Wednesday 13th February 2019

2m³ of concrete arrived and the Wednesday crew completed the western cess from the crossing all the way to the points now as well as the 4 foot where the rail joint was lifted the night before. The next evening the last bit of rail was welded into position and everything is now ready for concreting on Saturday.

Saturday 16th February 2019

An intensive week to complete the track for traffic operations to recommence over the entire Sutherland Line for our our Feb 24 special event saw multiple work days through week to get the job done. Many thanks to those members who worked well past midnight and multiple days in a row to get the project finished in time.

Danny Adamopolous (text and images)

In the next few weeks there will be another Sunday closure of the line after the ‘cess’ is concreted to allow that concrete to cure with out being shaken up by passing trams.

Sunday 23rd March 2019

Spoil from the South Hill worksite was dumped here and then leveled out to give a smooth transition from the soil to the new concrete slab track.