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What is sleeper replacement?


We talk about it a lot, but what is actually involved in repairing track and replacing sleepers? Quite a bit actually, and it's hard work! Check out some footage today of our volunteers replacing a section of sleepers (or where there once were sleepers ๐Ÿคท) and some of the work involved. Luckily, today we had the assistance of an excavator, which makes huge difference compared to digging everything by hand, which is often what we have to do. This section is on Loco Road No. 1, which is being repaired to allow our CPH Railmotors to travel from the [...]

What is sleeper replacement?2024-04-27T11:49:48+10:00

Yareen Road Level Crossing Reactivation


Thanks to a huge effort from the team today, where the Yareen Road Level Crossing has now been reactivated. Check out this quick snapshot of our volunteers at work following by the exciting sound of bells with flashing lights. Today, the team were able to complete: ๐Ÿ”น Removal of vegetation around the approaches ๐Ÿ”น Painting of the control hut ๐Ÿ”น Repairs to the roof of the control hut ๐Ÿ”น Repairs to damaged wiring in the bell circuits ๐Ÿ”น Painting of fences ๐Ÿ”น Painting of light and bell housing ๐Ÿ”น Re-install warning signs ๐Ÿ”น Install new Railway Crossing signs ๐Ÿ”น [...]

Yareen Road Level Crossing Reactivation2024-04-19T12:09:53+10:00

Yareen Road Level Crossing Rejuvenation


The journey to return tourist trains to the rails took another step today as the team started rejuvenation work on the Yareen Road Level Crossing. This crossing hasn't seen a train for the best part of a decade, so it was definitely in need of some TLC from our track team, who have made some great progress. So far they have: ๐Ÿ”น Cleaned and removed old paint from the lights ๐Ÿ”น Removed the old stop and crossing signs ๐Ÿ”น Cleaned and removed old paint from the control hut ๐Ÿ”น Painted the light posts and barriers ๐Ÿ”น First coat of [...]

Yareen Road Level Crossing Rejuvenation2023-09-16T18:14:56+10:00

Trackwork Update – Timbers on Point(s)


The perway team have been putting in the hours recently as we work towards the return of train operations at Cooma. Not only have the team been repairing track to allow our Rail Motors to traverse the yard, they've also been toiling away on a number of the Goods roads in Cooma yard to allow rolling stock to be moved to different locations around the yard. While replacing sleepers around the yard is already hard work (especially when over 30 years worth of oil and sludge has turned the surrounding dirt to concrete), replacing point timbers is a whole [...]

Trackwork Update – Timbers on Point(s)2023-08-07T19:38:29+10:00

Clearing the way


With the station and yard back under control, we've turned our attention back to the railway corridor where our volunteers have been busy on the southern approach to Cooma station. They've done an amazing job clearing the vegetation and removing the build-up of debris. Once again, Caelan has been relentless as he continues to plough through some substantial growth, and the team have done a great job following up with preventative weed spraying to ensure that the railway corridor remains clear. And moving forward, we'll need it to stay clear. A very exciting announcement on that one coming soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ [...]

Clearing the way2023-05-02T17:36:01+10:00

Progress Update – Cooma Yard


It's been a big few weeks for our grounds maintenance team, who have been working hard on vegetation control to get the yard and railway corridor cleared after months of sun and rain. Its great to see the whole yard cleared, although, it does highlight the sleepers that our favourite CMR "Apprentices" will need to replace over the coming months. ๐Ÿ˜… A big shout out to Caelen who has been an absolute machine on the brush cutter over the past few weeks!

Progress Update – Cooma Yard2023-05-02T17:18:58+10:00

Making (or laying) Tracks


Our youth team, affectionately know as "The Apprentices", have been working hard over past few months, replacing sleepers on the No. 1 loco road between the Loco Shed and the Station. The boys have been growing in numbers over the past year and have had some great opportunities to work with different team members across all aspects of the railway, including how to replace sleepers and fix guage. Although they were down a couple of members today, the boys were able to insert and screw another 11 sleepers. It's great to see the next generation really embracing heritage railway and [...]

Making (or laying) Tracks2023-05-02T17:02:36+10:00

Track Restoration | Yard Update


The equipment was putting up a fight this week but the first section of track restoration from the loco shed has been completed with the track re-gauged and new sleepers screwed into place. Work is now progressing south towards the turntable where old sleepers (or the hint of where sleepers might have been) have been removed and a combination of over 60 second-hand sleepers and recycled transoms have been placed on to the track, ready to be installed over the coming weeks. Having access to machinery has been a huge help in this process as weโ€™re able to quickly move [...]

Track Restoration | Yard Update2023-05-01T22:45:08+10:00

Project Update โ€“ Cooma Yard Track Restoration


The next stage of track restoration within Cooma yard has now commenced between the loco shed and the station platform. Sleepers will be replaced on both southern loco shed roads on to the through road and back up the platform road to the platform. Thatโ€™s almost 1km of track. This work will allow not only allow the railmotors to leave the loco shed but will also allow them to traverse between the loco shed and the platform, allowing visitors to explore the beautiful machines whilst visiting the museum. Degraded sleepers have been marked for the length of the section and [...]

Project Update โ€“ Cooma Yard Track Restoration2023-04-28T00:08:51+10:00

Project Update | There Is Track Out There


How good does that look? Our team of volunteers have continued their hard work clearing the railway corridor with another important section completed. Itโ€™s been hidden for a while but the line has now been cleared from the northern end of the yard, through to the Yareen Road crossing where the team have recently cleared a large section north of the road. It really is getting exciting now as we push further toward Snowy Junction and take another step towards getting trains running on this section in near future. There is still work to be done though, including: ๐Ÿ”น Further [...]

Project Update | There Is Track Out There2023-04-27T23:45:16+10:00
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