Project Cost: $5 million
Timeframe: September 2011 – March 2014
Funding Source: Tasmanian Government (Rail Recovery Plan)
Project Overview: The Tamper Machine and Ballast Regulator are critical equipment required for the maintenance and safe operation of the rail network. The Tamper Machine is used to apply the correct geometry to the track and the Ballast Regulator is used to shape and distribute track ballast which supports the sleepers. The equipment inherited by TasRail was life-expired and no longer able to meet safety and operational requirements. The new Tamper Machine replaces two inefficient machines. The Ballast Regulator was designed and built in Brisbane, Queensland. The new equipment arrived in Tasmania during November 2013, and following commissioning and training, entered into service during March 2014.
Project Objectives: Ensure a higher standard of track maintenance. Improve occupational health and safety outcomes, efficiencies and maintenance outcomes.