Trust 2010 Recap
Midland Rail Heritage Trust reflects on a very successful year.
25 May 2011 --
During 2010 the MRHT has progressed significantly with our site works in the Springfield rail yard. Having 4 fulltime staff thanks to the Community Max Scheme managed through Work and Income NZ for nearly six months enabled works to move ahead in leaps and bounds.
We were also able to employ a qualified carpenter to supervise, assist and train these workers in addition to our consulting engineer, Allan Campbell.
During the period with these staff the laying, alignment, ballasting and tamping of track advanced.
The goods shed was repaired, bird proofed and prepared for repainting/reroofing.
The Sheffield Station building was overhauled and converted for use as a site office.
The foundation was prepared for the western wall of the new locomotive maintenance shed.
The Old loco shed pits were cleaned out and the damaged extensions repaired ready for future use as a carriage shed.
Both the trust and the youth workers were disappointed when the scheme came to an end and some of the boys expressed an interest in returning should that be possible in the future.
As well as this progress there were also several working bees and many volunteer hours put in on and offsite throughout the year.
One of the major achievements for the trust has been to get our yard connected into the KiwiRail network. This was completed in January 2010 after a working bee with volunteers in early December 2009. A golden screw was drilled to celebrate this momentous occasion.
The Ds Locos now sit on our sidings, Ds213 on the triangle’s straight leg and Ds215 on road 1.
Uc 369 rolls on her own wheels now and as soon as possible will be moved under cover to begin restoration.
Uc 370 has been cleaned and greased and will hopefully roll without assistance when next moved.
Yc821 and Yf912 are ballast wagons and will prove very useful for completing the ballasting of the triangle and other track within the yard.
Other Significant events.
The September 4th earthquake affected Canterbury and Christchurch significantly. For the Springfield site there was minimal effect, with the only notable item being Uc369 jumping off her temporary guide wheels. Several trust members have been affected with damage to homes and businesses.
The February 22nd earthquake has been devastating for the people of Christchurch, again the Springfield site was undisturbed.
For 2011 the trust continues to focus on development onsite at Springfield as fundraising will allow.
For More Information Contact:
Midland Rail Heritage Trust Inc
Old Railway Yards, Pococks Road, Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand
Tel: (03) 332 0573
FAX: (03) 322 0579