On track at South Morang!
08 Mar 2018
Our first rail delivery train pulled into South Morang Station over the weekend.
The rail, which has already travelled from Whyalla in South Australia, was welded into 165-metre long ‘strings’ at a Spotswood factory. It was then loaded onto a rail train and brought up the South Morang line in the early hours of Monday morning.
More than 2000 tonnes of rail will be delivered over five nights throughout March and April, after passenger trains have stopped running.
Each day, around 25 rail workers, including a group from Aboriginal business, Mooney’s Corp, will lay tracks, by hammering clips into place to connect the rail to the track sleepers. A slow and methodical process, the rail workers will follow a hi-rail excavator as it places rail on the sleepers in front of them.
In order to build the track from Plenty Road to Mernda whilst we continue to construct the Plenty Road rail underpass, rail track will be off-loaded from the delivery train and dragged across Plenty Road using rubber mats.
There will be localised detours in place at night while we drag rail across sections of road.
Detour routes will be clearly signed to motorists and traffic controllers will be on site at all times to guide traffic.
Further north, works are progressing well, with the last sections of the ‘u-trough’, or elevated structure, installed at both Mernda and Hawkstowe stations.
For more information on Mernda Rail, come and chat to the project team at the following information sessions:
- Wednesday 21 March, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Marymede Catholic College, 60 Williamsons Road, South Morang
- Saturday 24 March, 10:00am to 1:00pm – Bridge Inn Hotel, 1425 Plenty Road, Mernda
- Monday 26 March, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Hazel Glen College, 175 Cookes Road, Doreen