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