Bulk Industries, Latest News, Logistics

Sleepers delivered for Inland Rail Stockinbingal to Parkes

Almost 4000 railway sleepers have been delivered for the Stockinbingal to Parkes section of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Inland Rail project.

The concrete sleepers, which weighed a total of more than 1000 tonnes, were trucked in from Bomen, New South Wales and took five days to unload using plant machinery.

The sleepers, made of high-density fibre-reinforced concrete and weighing 285kg each, will lay over 2.2 kilometres of track, along with over 277 tonnes of rail delivered last month.

The Stockinbingal to Parkes project area spans from just north of the rail junction in Stockinbingal to south of Goobang Junction in Parkes, New South Wales.

Major construction on the Stockinbingal to Parkes section is expected to begin in late 2023 and involves enhancements or modifications to specific sites along the existing rail corridor to accommodate double-stacked freight trains.

Other works planned for Stockinbingal to Parkes include increasing vertical clearance on the Lachlan River Rail Bridge and Wyndham Avenue Road Bridge in Forbes, modifying Forbes Railway Station, and enhancing several existing crossings, structures, and utilities.

Inland Rail director program delivery, Albury to Parkes, Melvyn Maylin said the project will help Australia move more freight, enhancing the national freight network and make roads safer.

“The crossing loop at Daroobalgie features 2.2km of new track built to the eastern side of the existing track and will include the replacement and extension of culverts to mitigate flooding on neighbouring land. The crossing loop will allow trains in opposite directions to safely pass each other,” Maylin said.

“The Stockinbingal to Parkes project is now in the procurement and detailed design stages. During this time, we are seeking to appoint a construction contractor to finalise detailed design and construct the project.

“Early works in and around Forbes will be ongoing, including the relocation of gas and water infrastructure. These works are required because they will enable major construction to proceed more efficiently once a contractor is appointed.”

Send this to a friend