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Loop track build starts

During July and August we have started building the loop track at Maymorn, which extends eastwards from the double slip. The formation is already prepared for the loop, sloping to the cess drain to the north side. The loop passes through a short curve past the slip, then its straight-running through to and past the pedestrian crossing.

The loop will initially be used as a storage siding and will be useful to shunt wagons and carriages that are 'uphill' of our shunt loco.

Laying out the rail on a rather gloomy Saturday 18 July

Union joint taking shape, 50kg/m loop rail to the left, 91lb/y rail to the right leading to the double slip

Crowing the required curvature into rail on 25 July. Photo: Glenn Fitzgerald

Battling with the hydraulic "crow". Photo: Glenn Fitzgerald

Overview of work - rail drilling and crowing in progress. Photo: Glenn Fitzgerald

First straight trackset in foreground, more rail cutting under way. Slow going, with every rail needing prep. Photo: Glenn Fitzgerald

By 1 August most of the curve had been crowed, with a good number of sleepers added.