Passenger services on the Main Western Rail Line through the Blue Mountains will recommence from January 21, following last month’s freight train derailment.
Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said crews were working hard to repair a 10-kilometre section of track between Lawson and Linden.
“Our maintenance crews are working around the clock right through the holiday period to get the job done. They have already laid almost 10 kilometres to support the new track, installed more than 15,000 new sleepers, laid more than 11,000 tonnes of ballast and replaced or repaired 39 pieces of signalling equipment.
“This work has been carried out in extremely difficult terrain and has required detailed planning and specialist engineering expertise to get the crews and replacement material on site to carry out the repair work safely.
By working closely with industry, we have been able to keep freight moving across this critical supply chain by opening the adjacent track in blocks of days to diesel trains.
“I want to thank the community for their patience while crews carried out the repairs as safely and quickly as possible.”
Buses continue to replace trains for passenger services between Katoomba and Springwood. Hourly train services are running in both directions between Lithgow and Katoomba and Penrith and Springwood. Customers travelling towards the city can join suburban rail services at Penrith to continue their journey.
For customers that need to travel on the network allow plenty of extra time and plan ahead using the transport apps or visit www.transportnsw.info/regional for updates.
What was removed:
- 18 kilometres of damaged rail
- 15 kilometres of sleepers
- About 92 pieces of signalling equipment were damaged and require repairs or replacement
What has been replaced:
- Approximately 9.8 kilometres of railroad subgrade layer (base layer/ foundation layer to support the railway track and enable new sleeper and rail installation) has been installed
- 15,000 new sleepers have been installed
- 11.7 kilometres of new rail has been installed and clipped into position through the hot summer weather, requiring adjustment as the unfinished track buckles and moves due to heat
- More than 11,000 tonnes of ballast has been laid
- 2.2 kilometres of initial tamping has commenced to pack the ballast under the sleeper to produce a stabilise sleeper and rail bed
- 39 pieces of signalling equipment have been replaced or repaired