Work in progress to upgrade rail track

Last updated 07:49 15/08/2012
Ernie Boyd
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PROJECT UNDER WAY: Ernie Boyd, of Kiwi Rail, stands next to the Mark III Tamper and Regulator.

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Neil Campbell, Kiwi Rail's acting regional manager for the South Island, said a Christchurch-based team is tamping (lifting and lining) the track from Invercargill to Nightcaps.

The line has been re-ballasted with ballast sourced from Greenhills quarry, near Bluff, and from Wreys Bush. "The tamper group has been working on the line for a few months from Makarewa and reaching Otautau. It will continue on to Nightcaps during the next three months," he said.

The work is part of a two-year project to upgrade the line and follows the replacement of 30,000 sleepers last year, which was completed in December under contract by Fulton Hogan.

The line is used to freight coal from the Bathurst mine near Nightcaps to Fonterra's Clandeboye dairy plant north of Temuka, in South Canterbury.

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