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Project Profile N5571

Rail Bridge Strengthened and Re-Supported

Sub-industry
Rail
Problems
Subsidence
Location
NSW
Year
2005
Solutions
Re-levelling
Technology
Uretek®

The problem

The two Bredalbane Rail Bridges each support two rail lines: for Northbound and Southbound trains running along Australia’s Main South Railway Line linking capital cities. The bridge piers were deflecting some 300mm on each pass of a train. The footings had cracked and the piers had begun to shear.

The solution

The objective was to re-level the rail lines and resupport the bridge pier quickly and efficiently so that both goods trains and passenger trains could use the rail line, without causing disruption to important transport infrastructure.

The Result

Uretek’s Deep-Injection method was used to resupport the pier footings and consolidate the ground. Then Uretek Slab-Lifting raised them (and the rail) up 40mm, back up to the original levels. The images show a stationary 129-tonne-locomotive acting as a superimposed load to provide overburden resistance and enable maximum compaction of the sub-grade whilst the crew were supporting, strengthening and raising the rail bridge. When the work was completed, the brick piers were strengthened with steel bands and the cracks were epoxy-grouted.

Movement after treatment was reduced to less than 1mm. Trains were able to use the line within hours of the work being completed. Consequently the Australian Rail Track Corporation has asked us to work on other similar rail track repair projects.

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