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Port River Passenger Rail Bridge

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After 18 days of occupation work on the Outer Harbor Line in Adelaide, Coleman Rail successfully handed back the new Port River Passenger Rail Bridge to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). During the occupation, Coleman Rail removed the entire bridge superstructure, repaired the top of the existing concrete piers, installed new bearing pads and restraint brackets and installed 20 new steel spans, each weighing more than 10t. The work was carried out using an innovative “lifting frame” that was mounted on two rail trolleys from the adjacent track. After the bridge was reinstalled, new continuously welded track was installed on the bridge and tied back into the existing track alignment. Said one of DPTI’s Signalling Commissioning Engineers: “Can you please pass on my thanks to your team? I travelled over the bridge several times today and it was a very smooth ride.” Overall the Coleman Rail team did a fantastic job under very trying conditions, including extreme weather, detailed scrutiny from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulatory (ONRSR) and a high level of attention from our client DPTI.

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