Trains return to the Maryborough to Ararat line

January 29, 2018

Driver training is underway on the reopened Maryborough to Ararat line

A link to the media release is available here.

The return of trains to the historic line follows a six-month work program, where crews have laid more than 130,000 concrete sleepers, distributed almost 200,000 tonnes of ballast and used 7,600 tonnes of steel rail.

Track works have included dog spike and anchor removal, installation of new sleepers and rail, and conversion of existing rail to standard gauge. Local people will notice work crews completing final track works and crossing upgrades.

The upgrade of the Maryborough to Ararat line and the Mildura line also included track strengthening to increase the axle loading from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes, so more goods and produce can be moved by rail.

A link to the media release is available here.

The return of trains to the historic line follows a six-month work program, where crews have laid more than 130,000 concrete sleepers, distributed almost 200,000 tonnes of ballast and used 7,600 tonnes of steel rail.

Track works have included dog spike and anchor removal, installation of new sleepers and rail, and conversion of existing rail to standard gauge. Local people will notice work crews completing final track works and crossing upgrades.

The upgrade of the Maryborough to Ararat line and the Mildura line also included track strengthening to increase the axle loading from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes, so more goods and produce can be moved by rail.

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