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Melba & Western Line

ClientTasRail
Value$19.2M
StateTasmania
CompletedSeptember 2017

This project includes the resleepering, rerailing, level crossing upgrades, ballast replacement/repair for extended sections of the Melba and Western Lines (Tasmania Northwest Region). The purpose of this project was to remove approximately 4,000 defects in a prioritised order to improve track standards and enhance the rail networks’ trafficability and delivery of service for the Tasmanian rail network users.

The Project

This project involved the placement of 46,000 steel sleepers, re-railing in excess of 61,000 metre of rail and removing 6,000 joints. To ensure that disruption to the critical rail network was minimised, all works were performed under live traffic. Over a duration of 18 months, the rail crews are working across remote areas throughout Tasmania.

Resleepering

By using an innovative method to replace 46,000 sleepers, VEC were able to utilise their specialised plant and equipment, resulting in high productivity in a challenging work environment.

Joint Removal

Up to 32 joints a day were removed using just two teams; a welding team and a stressing team.

Welding

With up to six weld teams conducting the works, above average productivities were obtained in challenging environments and limited access areas. VEC used internal as well as external welding teams. A third party completed all testing and certification of the track welding.

Track hand-back

VEC’s team of Engineers worked to ensure that the clients’ standards were met prior to handing back the track. Using in-house geometry trollies, the team were able to ensure the track was fit-for-purpose prior to the track hand-back.

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Head Office

10b Industrial Dr, Ulverstone,
TAS 7315

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Hobart Office

Level 3, 116 Bathurst Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Melbourne Office

Level 10, 567 Collins Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 (03) 9278 5100
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Queensland Office

2 Burke Street,
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112