A more complete picture of the work between Semour and Violet Town.
There are quite a number of teams active,
There is a small team with one excavtor (I think, could be two) working it appears on the East line, also working on the East line is a tamper and a ballast regulator.
There is a a large team with probably 4 excavators and an asociated tamper and ballast regulator working on the West line. This team appears to have started near Violet Town and working its way south.
Looks like there are three separate teams working between Seymour and Avenel, first is the ballast cleaner and its support including the ballast train.The second is a large group of excavators and other equipment, this team knocks off around 1400 so I have not seen what its doing. The third is a ringer and is confusing the issue a bit as its doing a sleeper cycle on the GV BG line.
I seriously underestimated the amount of ballast being used one of the staff at the dump at Locksley said they were looking at shipping out 3 train loads a day, that being around 3000 tons. There looked to be a truck arriving every 10 minutes or so with more ballast, trucks hold around 40 to 42 tons each.
This staff member said he was told the aim of the exersize was to be able to remove all the speed limits between Seymour and Violet Town.
A final there is some concern over the quality of work done by the spot teams using excavtors, I have been able to get a real good look at there methods and what they can acheive and I certainly have no concern on the excellent job they can do.
There is a seriously LARGE effort going into the track at the moment, Note the East line is still carrying some traffic two freights went through today.