Firstly, hello all, first time poster hoping that I can get some good advice from here. I moved over to Oz about 6months ago to work on mine railways and we have developed a problem at some of our S&C layouts where through bearers tie in the two straights and the turnout. I had worked on similar layouts in the UK (albeit modular)but the trouble here is that track centres are 5m which means extremely long and heavy lumps of concrete to hold them together. Limited time for track access prevents any form of tandem tamping. These locations are creating a major headache in terms of speed restrictions for us and we're struggling to find options to improve, one has been mentioned to cut the bearers making them in effect into a long bearer and a normal bearer. Has anyone had any experience of cutting through bearers? Any advice would be greatly welcomed.