A turnout installation has been completed in Merredin, marking the end of a three year upgrade of rail infrastructure in the town, which is a major hub along the Eastern Goldfields Railway (EGR).
The final turnout installation involved over 30 Brookfield Rail employees and local contractors from Merredin, Northam and the Goldfields working through a single 10 hour shut down of the EGR, with minimal disruption to services along the network.
The $3 million upgrade was carried out along the track between the Mary and Barrack Street level crossings, and involved the installation of 3,000 concrete sleepers, two new concrete turnouts and an upgrade of the Barrack Street level crossing.
The EGR is a vital section of the freight rail network, providing the only rail connection to the east coast of Australia, transporting around 80 per cent of all containerised freight, and providing bulk minerals and grain customers with access to Fremantle and Kwinana ports.
The 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 can continue to optimise operations and work with customers to improve the supply chain and maximise use of the railway.