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Wayne Laepple

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New two-footer in Queensland
« on: July 22, 2020, 05:34:18 PM »
The Isis Central Sugar Mill in the Bundaberg region of Queensland, Australia, is working on a major expansion of its cane-gathering tram lines. This two-foot gauge line will be about 24 miles long when completed. Half of the new line follows the grade of a former government branch line purchased by the sugar company when it was abandoned in 1955.

Mill engineers were surprised to find that the timber trestle bents on several bridges are still good after 65 years. The bridges themselves are being constructed using beams recycled from other abandoned lines. The longest bridge is 21 spans. The entire new line will use 60-pound rail on concrete ties made in-house by the sugar company. Officials say the new rail line will remove 21,000 trucks from area highways once it is completed.

Isis currently operates 96 miles of line to transport 1.6 million tons of cane to the mill from more than 70 loading sites.

Below is a photo of a section of the new line. The sag at the crossing will be corrected when the road is rebuilt.