Works are now underway for the Anderson’s Road crossing upgrade in Drysdale with sleeper and rail sections being prepared at the site.
On the 4 February the regular Heritage Service became a mixed passenger and freight service on with the tractor loaded on board and taken up to Drysdale. As soon as the days last Heritage Service passed over the crossing, our volunteers were ready to begin removing the rail from the crossing to be ready for the new sections to be put in place.
Concrete sleepers have been used for the new crossing and replace the traditional wooden sleepers. The new section was lifted into place with a crane and the sections of rail joined together using thermite welding. The crossing control box has been installed, with testing done using generators as power is yet to be connected.
The crossing is expected to be completed with flashing lights and commissioned in March.