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The Commonwealth Railways began testing concrete sleepers in 1956.
During 1960-61 nineteen concrete sleepers (from a Swedish design) were added to a test strip in the Wirrappa Station Yard.
The following year a further 6,000 block type concrete sleepers pruduced at a pilot plant set up at Port Augusta were introduced between Stirling North and Winninowie.
The main problem with the new sleepers concerned the fastening of the rails to the sleepers. Varying types of fastenings were trialed during this period. Further testing occurred during 1963.
In March 1960 an additional siding named “Lyons” was opened at the 565km. During 1961 many crossing loops were lengthened to accommodate double-headed trains. Locations lengthened included Pimba, Wirraminna, Kingoonya, Barton, Hughes, Reid and Chifley.
In 1962-63 Bookaloo, McLeay, Burando, Kultanaby, Forrest, Mundrabilla and Karonie were extended.
The large scale use of concrete sleepers began in 1970 when CR.1 prestressed concrete sleepers were ordered for use on the Port Augusta to Whyalla railway. When the Whyalla line was finished in 1972 arrangements were made to re-sleeper the entire Trans-Australian Railway.
Plants were set up at Stirling North and Parkeston. The Stirling North plant also supplied the Tarcoola to Alice Springs Railway. The plants produced about 500,000 sleepers per annum half of which were used on the TAR.
Source: Riders of the Steel Highways - Monte Luke
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