Midland Rail Heritage Trust News Archive
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23 February 2011 -- Christchurch Earthquake - 22nd February 2011
5 September 2010 -- Canterbury Earthquake - 4th September 2010
9 September 2009 -- Western Leg of Triangle complete
Site works have now begun at the eastern end of the turning triangle as the western side is in place and rail has been laid all the way up to the old goods shed.
12 April 2008 -- Burnham Track Uplift Complete
The trust has spent considerable time at the army camp at Burnham lifting track out of the rail yards there. Most of the sleepers ware rotted to pieces so the majority of what was recovered was only 50lb rail iron.
The unsuitable sleepers were used by the army for hangai.
25 May 2007 -- Otira Workshop Crane Acquired
However, the good news is the trust won the tenders to acquire from the building the 15 ton original gantry crane, all workshop pit, heavy rail and pedestals, locomotive sand drying unit, more rail, workshop lights, ladders etc. This will be enough to set up our Springfield Workshop.
25 May 2007 -- Ds Class Shunters Acquired
The Trust acquired the diesel shunters from Islington freezing works. These were built about 1953 so are almost vintage in their own right. One is in good running condition. The other has the motor out of it and needs gearbox repairs. This may be kept for parts or restored.
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