29 January - 6 February 2011

The Port Melbourne line is being upgraded - the wooden sleepered track that has been in place for probably 50 years is being completely replaced with new concrete-sleepered welded rail.

Whilst the Australian-built trams have had no problem with the old, rough track, the fussy, delicate French Citadis crashed, banged and rocked violently from side to side at any speed over 40 km/h (a curse of the 4-wheel tram design necessitated by the government mandating a 100% low-floor tram design).

The pages below detail the progress over the nine days of the closure: 5 km of track was ripped up right back to the sub-roadbed and new concrete-sleepered track was laid from Southbank Depot to Beacon Cove.

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Day 1: 29-Jan-2011

Day 1: 29-Jan-2011

29-Jan-2011

Removal of existing rail, sleepers,...

Day 2: 30-Jan-2011

Day 2: 30-Jan-2011

30-Jan-2011

Day 3: 31-Jan-2011

Day 3: 31-Jan-2011

31-Jan-2011

Sleepers placed and tracklaying under way...

Day 4: 01-Feb-2011

Day 4: 01-Feb-2011

01-Jan-2011

Tracklaying and welding underway.  A...

Day 5: 02-Feb-2011

Day 5: 02-Feb-2011

02-Feb-2011

Track laid to North Port, ballasting now...

Day 6: 03-Feb-2011

Day 6: 03-Feb-2011

03-Feb-2011

Tracklaying at the Beacon Cove end;...