Sleeper replacement project: iron ore export line, South Africa

This paper presents the scope of work involved for replacement of sleepers on the Iron Ore Export Line (IOL) in South Africa. Each year since 2007, during a 10 day shutdown, Aveng Rail for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), replaces approximately 50,000 sleepers. TFR operates the IOL system at full capacity, with opportunity for major material renewals and/or heavy maintenance only allowed for during a 10 day shutdown of port, mine and railway line, each year around the month of August. The integrated 10 day Shutdown Project is planned and prepared during 10 months of Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) of several contractors with TFR. The resultant plan includes preparation of the worksites, execution of works and hand back activities, all within a 10 day period with ultimate economies of scale and maximum utilization of possession time for several concurrent processes. It typically includes major maintenance inputs such as sleeper replacement, turnout replacement, rail replacement, culvert replacement, ballast cleaning, rail grinding, ballast tamping, signaling and overhead line equipment work.

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  • Pagination: 6p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2013, driving the costs out of rail, 26-28 November 2013, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532240
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:03PM