Exhibition line tracks replaced in mammoth operation
03 Apr 2023
Crews have completed one of the longest and most complicated pieces of track work ever undertaken on South East Queensland’s rail network, realigning the Exhibition line to run over a new 150-metre bridge outside the RNA Showgrounds.
Around two years of preparation was needed to enable the mammoth 21-day program, which saw continuous day and night shifts from 18 February to 10 March.
Over the three weeks, crews removed and rebuilt tracks in an almost 1.2-kilometre corridor outside the RNA Showgrounds, demolished the old eastern rail bridge, and fitted new track and overhead wires onto the new rail bridge before connecting it to the existing Queensland Rail network.
Crews also installed and commissioned new signals, point switches and overhead lines as part of the works.
A test train passed over the new bridge on 10 March, marking the program’s successful completion, and more broadly, a significant step towards connecting Cross River Rail’s tunnels to the network.
With the switch to the new bridge complete, crews will turn their attention to building a new east bridge, as well as the new Exhibition station, which will receive train services year-round when Cross River Rail comes online.