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A multi-million dollar maintenance project is underway to replace about 100,000 timber sleepers on a rail line to south-west Queensland.
The State Government said the project would support more than 120 jobs and involve Queensland Rail (QR) laying more than 400 kilometres of track on the western line to Charleville.
QR's Tim Ripper said it would take about a year to complete and would ensure the reliability of the line for passengers, as well as freight services for the agricultural and resource industries.
"Be it livestock, be in grain, be it containerised cotton, there is a variety of product running on the corridors and we are keen to see more of that obviously running on our track and this investment, in terms of the 100,000 sleepers, is all about providing that safe and reliable product that allows our businesses to grow," he said.
"Timber sleepers generally have a life around 15 to 20 years.
"So every five years we go through and do a 're-sleepering' cycle which replaces 30 to 40 per cent of timber as it deteriorates.
"What we are seeing these days is we are contracting to what we would term major maintenance cycles, so this is a significant investment in support of the regional network."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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