Martindales Road Railway Bridge Re-Build

November 16, 2011
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Railway underpass on Martindales Road, Heathcote

I’ve been watching the new railway bridge take shape over the last few months – it’s quite a fascinating process but one which I have no knowledge on. I simply stop and stare at what I understand is a tamper going back and forward along the track. According to Wikipedia a tamper is “a machine used to pack (or tamp) the track ballast under railway tracks to make the tracks more durable“. You sure do learn something new every day!

Plasser 09-16 Cat Tamper

The railway bridge was damaged in February’s big earthquake so has had to be replaced. It used to a be a single lane and was quite old. The new bridge can’t be far off from being finished and is now double lane. I always felt a tad nervous going under the old bridge!


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