SBS has produced an excellent, 10-episode series, documenting what goes on behind the scenes at Sydney’s Central Station, and throughout the Sydney Trains network. Airing Sunday nights at 7:30pm, if you’ve missed the first couple of episodes, they are available via SBS On Demand.
The first episode in the documentary features the story behind the upgrade of the train line across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, starting on New Year’s Eve 2020. The existing wooden sleepers had lasted 88 years and were finally starting to deteriorate. They were to be replaced with concrete sleepers. But on this fateful New Year’s Eve a lightning strike took out one of the signal boxes on the Bridge. Workers were further hampered by rain, which was forecast to last a record-breaking eight days.
Narrated by Shane Jacobson, some of the stats of replacing the train line across the Harbour Bridge are quite staggering. The repair was 10 years in the planning with just 10 days to implement. It cost $80 million to repair the track, with 9,000 bolts to be removed along with the old sleepers to repair the steel underneath. Nine-thousand new holes had to be drilled and 9,000 new bolts to be put in.
This is a fascinating, top-drawer documentary. rt health is a proud sponsor of Inside Central Station, which features some of our members.
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