Australia first steel sleeper trial underway

Arc Infrastructure is trialing a new steel sleeper system on the Leonora to Kalgoorlie line in Western Australia.

Arc Infrastructure Head of Network Strategy and Long Term Planning Michal Golinski said the new design provides an alternative to traditional steel and timber sleepers, which will deliver cost benefits over the life of the asset.

“We are the first in Australia to use this type of steel sleeper, which we’ve had slightly modified to better suit our installation processes,” Mr. Golinski said.

“This particular sleeper system is expected to out-perform traditional steel and timber sleepers due to a longer design life and improved reliability.”

The $2.3 million program includes the replacement of over 6000 sleepers and the upgrade of a further 2400 sleeper plates.

“Arc Infrastructure will assess the performance of the steel sleeper over future years, and will continue to fine tune processes to better optimise the performance of the sleeper and track,” Mr. Golinski said.

“These works are part of Arc Infrastructure’s ongoing major maintenance program and are critical to providing a safe, efficient and reliable freight network.”

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