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Mainline extension update

Track team at the railhead on 5 June 2021.

Over the past few months we have been working on extending our mainline past the Maymorn Metlink station. The mainline heads through an 8 degree curve, and will pass through a right-hand turnout at the top of the crossing loop and press on further east in due course. The turnout is being assembled in our workshop yard. On completion the turnout will be relocated to the railhead.

Brendan, Colin and Ray installing sleepers at the railhead on 20 March 2021.

Brendan, Colin and Ray installing sleepers along the top curve at the Kaitoke end of our station yard, 20 March 2021.

Ballast train approaching the newly laid track, 20 March 2021.

Looking along the curve towards the future location of the loop turnout, 20 March 2021.

Surveying the future loop turnout location at the Kaitoke end of our yard on 3 April 2021.

Brendan crowing the curved closer for our new loop turnout on 15 May 2021. The hydraulic crow makes short work of curving the 91lb rail.

New bolts had to be fitted to the frog, due to heavy corrosion of the original fastenings, 22 May 2021. 

Brendan fastening down the curved closer rail on the loop turnout on 29 May 2021.

Hugh and Brendan fastening down the curved closer rail on the loop turnout, 29 May 2021.