// Rhomberg Rail receives rave reviews

Western Australia project team delivers and bolsters reputation in the Pilbara

Stephen Hand, Darren Ward and their team have received stellar feedback from FMG for their work on the recently completed Stacker SK702 Project, solidifying our reputation as the premier rail contractor in the region. 

Rhomberg Rail’s status preceded the crew on this project when, near the first day of mobilisation, FMG’s Projects Supervisor, Gavin Simpson, was told by his colleague Keith Hand, Civils Superintendent, ‘Good to see you have engaged Rhomberg. From my experience, they are the best contractor in rail.’

For this project, Rhomberg Rail was engaged as the specialist rail contractor to the principal contractor, BMD Group.  We were responsible for all works associated with removing contaminated ballasted track and re-installing the track within operational tolerances. The stacker comprises two single rails (mono-rails) on each embankment approximately 2000m in length. The mono-rails are located centrally on the ballast-sleepers on the east and west embankments with a gauge of 13.7m between the two rails. Throughout the works the stacker’s conveyor belt system, which is also located within the 13.7m gauges, was in operation. This posed some unique challenges in regards to safe working and survey/resurfacing works – achieving similar horizontal and vertical alignment between the east and west tracks using excavators with tamping attachments for example.

This was a collaborative effort within Rhomberg Rail with crews from Sydney and the Hunter Valley joining the WA team throughout the duration of the project. Together, the teams successfully carried out what other contractors had only attempted to do previously.  In those instances lengthy delays occurred which eventually drove the FMG production team to suspend the works and retender the entire project.

Rhomberg Rail’s team, working with BMD, developed a comprehensive methodology which incorporated a number of unique strategies to boost efficiency, productivity and flexibility.  Specifically, it was decided to separate the works into approximately 330m possessions carried out during both day and night shifts. Working in this way not only reduced shutdown/section possession time, but also enabled us to adjust the length of possessions (e.g. moving from 330m sections to 3 sections of 100m) in order to accommodate FMG’s need to continue production and progression of contracts works. The project was completed safely, on time, without delays and within the original budget.

The hard work and success of Rhomberg Rail’s crews did not go unnoticed. After the completion of the project, Gavin stated, ‘Having spent four weeks on night shift plus two weeks day shift with Rhomberg, I am adamant that the above quotation (from Keith Hand) is true. ALL Rhomberg personnel on site put in 100% and presented a quality product on time and within budget and never any fuss to make changes to design on the run.’ He went on to say, ‘In addition to this I got the impression that all personnel were proud to wear the Rhomberg shirt, whether directly employed or contracting.’

John Sargent, FMG Senior Civil Earthworks Supervisor, added, ‘I would like to fully endorse my esteemed colleague Gavin's comments. Rhomberg performed to the highest level in all aspects of the project. Supervision was of the highest order and workmanship excellent. Safety focus was terrific at all times.’

This project’s success and positive client feedback is an indication of the dedicated, experienced and accomplished employees here at Rhomberg Rail and the incredible outcomes that can be achieved.