Brookfield Rail completes successful upgrade works under the new maintenance model

16 January 2017

As part of our ongoing capital upgrade and maintenance program, Brookfield Rail completed a $1.74 million upgrade project on the rail network through Merredin in under 24 hours; the first of its kind under our new in-house maintenance model.

In-house teams worked with a combination of metropolitan and regionally based contractors to undertake a turnout replacement, level crossing works and culvert installation during a single shutdown period over 17 hours, with minimal disruption to services along the network.

This section of the rail network provides the only rail connection to the east coast of Australia, transporting around 80% of all containerised freight, and provides bulk minerals and grain customers with access to Fremantle and Kwinana ports.

View the time-lapse footage of the culvert installation.

These works complimented the recent upgrade of the main line and passing loop between Barrack Street and Mary Street through the Merredin town site, ensuring the rail network not only remains fit-for-purpose but continues to be safe and reliable in the future.

The replacement and upgrade was designed to ‘future proof’ operations with structures that can withstand harsh conditions, carry higher axle loads and cater for projected rail traffic requirements.

This will ensure Brookfield Rail is able to optimise operations and work with customers to improve the supply chain and maximise use of the railway.




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