Narrabri to North Star construction update March 2022

Works have continued uninterrupted over the last few months, with our contractor Trans4m Rail removing old rail and constructing new track between North Camurra and North Star.

Ballast tamper being unloaded in Moree

This includes excavating more than 414,000m3 of dirt, installing over 680 concrete culverts for drainage, constructing four bridges and laying more than 11,500 concrete sleepers.

At Croppa Creek, construction of the tributary bridge and the main rail bridge is complete. The main rail bridge comprises six Super-T bridge beams, each 23 metres long and weighing 52 tonnes. The beams were manufactured at Humes in Rockhampton, Queensland and transported to Croppa Creek via road where they were then lifted into place with a 250-tonne crane.

New track installation commenced at North Camurra in early February with more than six kilometres laid to date. In mid-February, Trans4m Rail took delivery of a tamping machine as part of the next round of major track works.

A tamping machine (pictured above), or tamper, is a rail mounted machine that packs ballast under rail to make the tracks and roadbed more durable and level.

On 1 April 2022, Trans4m Rail will start major construction works between North Narrabri and Penneys Road, Bellata as part of a full track closure.

To view the notifications for upcoming works, visit the Inland Rail website.

IMAGE: Ballast tamper being unloaded in Moree