Arc Infrastructure teams completed a $1.3 million major re-sleepering project on the railway in Worsley last week during a short four-day shutdown.
Works on the Brunswick Junction-Collie line, which is used to transport alumina, lime and caustic soda, saw the existing timber and steel sleepers upgraded, the removal of old ballast and the grading of formation to restore operations within four days.
A total of 2,000 new concrete sleepers were laid, and the 1.35km section of track was re-ballasted and then re-railed before track machine fleets commenced lifting and relining of the new track structure.
To minimise disruption to customers, the shutdown was given a tight timeframe that required teams to work 24/7 over the four days.
Arc Infrastructure’s South West Regional Lead Cam Beange said it was great to see the efforts of multiple teams and contractors deliver a scope of works of this size and quality in a very short timeframe without incident or injury, all in consultation with a customer.
“These works were originally planned for completion in 2020, but through negotiations with a customer we were able to coordinate this shutdown with a scheduled outage at the local refinery in 2021.”
Mr Beange said it was a great opportunity for Arc to support the South West region by engaging local contractors to support the works.
“A huge thanks to the Arc team from across the business who contributed to the project’s delivery and also to our contractors and partners for their assistance; Switch Rail, McMullen Nolan Group, Allworks, Avon Valley Contractors, Narrogin Plant Hire, Downer, John Holland and WATCO,” said Mr Beange.
“The re-sleepering will ensure the continued safe operation of this section of railway with the upgrade of sleepers, and provide an improved train cycle time for our customers due to a higher quality of track,” Mr Beange said.
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