Rail industry news (Australia, New Zealand)

Inland Rail works set to ramp up with major possession

During an 88-hour possession that will close the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Sydney-to-Melbourne line from Forbes to Goobang Junction on 9–12th March, Inland Rail and rail infrastructure contractor Martinus will carry out works at sites across the Stockinbingal to Parkes section, upgrading the existing line to accommodate double-stacked freight trains.

At Daroobalgie, north of Forbes, level crossing works will be undertaken including upgrades to the existing under track and road drainage. Daroobalgie Road will be closed at the level crossing during these works, with detours via Calarie Road for properties west of the rail line, and access from the Newell Highway for residents east of the line.

Reconditioning works will also be carried out to support the future installation of new turnouts for the Daroobalgie crossing loop later in the year.

Melvyn Maylin, Inland Rail Director Program Delivery (Albury to Parkes) explained what will happen during the possession.

“The 88-hour track possession is an important opportunity for the construction team to complete a large volume of work in a short time,” he said.

“Inland Rail is a nation building project that will transform how goods are moved around Australia. These works are critical to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

“We’d like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we carry out these construction tasks.”

Track works will continue in Forbes, with piling taking place during this possession in preparation for future track lowering works under the Wyndham Avenue road bridge.

Treaven Martinus, Martinus CEO and Founder explored Martinus’s involvement in the project.

“The teams have been on-site in Forbes for a few weeks, gearing up for this crucial track possession. This timeframe provides us with the opportunity to accomplish a substantial amount of work quickly, safely, and effectively,” he said.

“The community will see the arrival of significant equipment for bridge piling, culvert installation to enhance drainage significantly, and the pivotal upgrade of the Daroobalgie level crossing, marking the initial phase of enhancing safety in the area.”

Track works will commence at Forbes Yard, including track removal of a turnout and yard lines, and resurfacing to achieve horizontal clearances between rail lines and structures. Tamping works will also be finalised at Bribbaree Yard, completing the GrainCorp site and meeting the requirements for Inland Rail.

The track possession allows ARTC significant access to the rail corridor to complete a wide range of maintenance tasks at multiple locations between Sydney and Melbourne that cannot be completed between train services.

For more information on the works, visit the works notifications page.