Many of you have been wondering about the loop at Laverton. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the loop is now available for use and that passenger trains will run into the loop from Saturday 9th March. After much sterling work by Permanent Way and more recently by the S&T department the loop is now complete and the ground frames installed and working. It was touch and go at the end as we were in the hands of the tamping machine which, in the nature of these complicated beasts, was reluctant to work properly and then broke a hydraulic ram half way through the job. However on Tuesday the tamper completed the job and the final connections to the pointwork were made. Thanks to Charlie and Steve for their work on the tamper and to Mike and Kevin Hoskin for their assistance repairing it earlier in the week.
Behind us is the line which will eventually go to Broadway. This is currently an engineering possession and can only be accessed by trains involved in track work.
The loop still requires some ballast shovelling to finish it off and no doubt the p-way team will be seen in the area in the near future.
Neil Carr. Operations Manager.