Construction of the extension of the O’Keefe Rail Trail from Axedale to Heathcote in northern Victoria continues.
The biggest works are at Lake Eppalock, which was constructed in the 1960s after the line closed in the late 1950s, and consumed some of the rail alignment. Rather than having a diversion around the “new” lake, a causeway and 90m long bridge are being constructed on the original alignment, to keep the rail trail above the high water mark.
The race is on now to get works finished before the annual rise of the lake occurs in winter and spring, which will definetely occur with all the wet weather.
There will be a further news item when this section is opened to the public, which is expected towards the end of the year.
(All photos courtesy Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail)