Rail line up­grades de­layed

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

PASSERS-BY may have no­ticed rail­way sleep­ers lin­ing road­sides in the past week with in­tended line main­te­nance brought to a stand­still.

About 6000 tim­ber sleep­ers were trans­ported to the War­wick–Wal­lan­garra sec­tion of track in an­tic­i­pa­tion of sleeper re­place­ment work, yet the project came to a halt and re­pair work was put on standby.

Queens­land Rail chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Easy said main­te­nance crews had been tasked with more “high pri­or­ity ar­eas”.

“A phys­i­cal in­spec­tion of the track iden­ti­fied that the num­ber of sleep­ers re­quir­ing re­place­ment was con­sid­er­ably less than the the­o­ret­i­cal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion rate cal­cu­lated.

“Si­mul­ta­ne­ous in­spec­tions of the cen­tral line from Emer­ald to Cler­mont and Emer­ald to Drum­mond iden­ti­fied sleep­ers in these ar­eas were de­te­ri­o­rat­ing more rapidly.

“Work will recom­mence next week be­tween War­wick and Wal­lan­garra, with ap­prox­i­mately 1000 sleep­ers ex­pected to be re­placed.

The re­main­ing sleep­ers will be de­liv­ered to War­wick for use in on­go­ing lo­cal pro­jects,” Mr Easy said.

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