Jun192011

Tunnel Construction Photo Gallery

Published by Admin at 3:55 PM under Track Construction

Here is a series of photos showing construction methods for the tunnel. It was built by myself in 2005 for the original 7.25" only line, and marks the spot where the new dual guage line meets the original alignment through the tunnel, around horseshoe curve known as South Bend and across bridge 4.

 



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Jun132011

Signalling The Winter Creek

Published by Chris Draper at 4:14 PM under Track Construction | Signalling System

Many of you may know I work for Invensys Rail, (A.K.A. Westinghouse Rail Systems), busy with the Auckland Met Resignalling project.

One of my collegues - Noel, (boss actually!) kindly offered to draw up a signalling plan for the Winter Creek. Here is the first draft. It is done to simplified version of what we use for the real railway, and adds a touch of authentism to the Winter Creek methinks!

If you compare this to the track plan page, you can get a better idea of where everything is located, and what future expansion might look like.

Noel is busy learning to weld by building a signal gantry to be installed near the signal box.

WCR_HandSketch - Version0A 15-Aug-2010.pdf (85.21 kb)



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Jun132011

South Bend Construction Gallery

Published by Chris Draper at 3:04 PM under Track Construction

A few shots of South Bend - the horseshoe on an embankment between the tunnel and bridge four. This was the original railhead before I decided to relay in dual guage.

 



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Jun132011

Hillside Branch - Turntable Construction Gallery

Published by Chris Draper at 2:33 PM under Track Construction

This gallery contains a photo record of construction of the turntable. Located adjacent to the workshop at the end of the branchline officially known as the hillside branch both becuase of its location and in recognition of the famous NZ Hillside workshops where many locomotives were built. 

 

(click on any picture to get a larger view complete with caption.)

 



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Jun112011

Bridge Six Construction Gallery

Published by Chris Draper at 4:50 PM under Track Construction

This gallery contains a photo record of construction of Bridge Number Six. This is the tallest on the system at 7m above the creek, and only two metres shorter than Bridge One at 21 metres long. It took 700 hours to build.

 

(click on any picture to get a larger view complete with caption.)

 



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Jun112011

Bridge Five Construction Gallery

Published by Chris Draper at 4:02 PM under Track Construction

This gallery contains a photo record of construction of Bridge Number Five.

 

(click on any picture to get a larger view complete with caption.)

 



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