The spoils train headed by 2413+2414 which has been in Wynnum North platform since about 0700 this morning and running wrong road has finally headed back towards the City at 1515. The train extended from the City end of the platform almost back to the Glenora St ( Wynnum Rd ) level crossing, a distance of about 400 metres.
It appears the work being performed is a lot more involved than first thought.
For those not familiar with the area - Wynnum North platform ( 50 feet AMSL ) is at the headwaters of a small creek which has been piped underground for about 1.3km and joins Wynnum Creek about 1km upstream from its mouth into Moreton Bay. Wynnum North Road at the City end of the platform ( this level xing also being refurbished this weekend ) is on a small ridge. One side drains into Wynnum Creek as described, the other side drains into swamp land next to Lindum station ( 10 feet AMSL ), which eventually flows into Bulimba ( formerly Doboy ) Creek near its mouth and also into the Brisbane River.
Wynnum North platform is at the bottom of a long hill which drains into the Wynnum Creek tributary. We live opposite this and have bad seepage problems. In fact all the stumps on the station side of our house were replaced a few months ago and the house re levelled as its was slowly sinking with a few cracks in walls.
It appears the track through the platform is having similar problems. The works to date have seen the rail cut at the overbridge and all ballast removed from there to Wynnum North Road xing. It has been further dug out to a depth of about 6 feet and all spoil now removed.
Drainage piping is currently lying along the length of the DOWN platform and will be placed into the trench adjacent to the platform with a number of culverts added. The water will be drained eastwards to a low point outside the station and then under tracks then into the underground drains into Wynnum Creek.
My guess is that trucks laden with base will back in from the Wynnum North Road xing to fill this trench after the piping is laid. Whether or not these same trucks will supply the normal rail ballast as well, or the ballast train will return later tonight is yet to be determined.
Finally new rail ( the old rail only dating back to 2003 and probably excessively worn due to the 50km curve and numerous expresses it encounters daily ) and concrete sleepers which have been stacked outside the platform since November last year will be laid. As work started this morning about 0200 and all this to be finished by tomorrow night in time for the Monday peak, means another sleepless night coming up.