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Friends of the North Australia Railway at Adelaide River Newsletter



Friends of the North Australia Railway at Adelaide River Newsletter


Friends of the North Australian Railway Inc


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Date:2003-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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Friends of the North Australian Railway Inc.

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Association of Tourist Railways. On Thursday 11 April we were invited by Geoff Everett (President of Bellarine Peninsula Railway) to attend a meeting of the ATR in Melbourne. This is the Victorian umbrella association for tourist railways with 22 members. Public Liability Insurance was a major item on the agenda for the meeting. This body is leading the push to incorporate a national organisation to lobby on issues such as PL insurance, safety standards, etc. The meeting noted that no state organisation existed in the NT and the meeting agreed to consider an application from Friends of Adelaide River to become an Associate Member. ATR Secretary John Frost was most welcoming and it was good to meet him after previous e-mail contact. Profile of a Friend. We are constantly amazed at the support that we receive from distant Friends. In this newsletter we profile Stephen Leach from Alice Springs. Professionally, Steve is an Electrical Engineer. Steve has done a lot of work with the Ghan Preservation Society. Last year Steve was kind enough to provide us with a soft copy of the extensive documentation that we need for the Rail Safety Manual that we will need to gain accreditation. Recently Steve drove up to Adelaide River from Alice Springs in the Yellow Peril and spent two weeks working for us at the precinct. Steve enjoyed the experience so much that he has applied for a position in Darwin so that he can be a little closer to the River. Many thanks to Fran Briggs for accommodating Steve during his visit. Timbers for the BIG bridge. Following our work on cleaning up the BIG bridge earlier in the year, we noted the need for wooden sleepers to replace the burned sleepers. It is pleasing to report that Darwin construction company STEELCON has donated a large heap of heavy timbers which it has salvaged from a restoration project on the Darwin Wharf. These 8 x 6 timbers (possibly jarrah) are long enough to stretch from side girder to side girder to facilitate the future decking of the bridge for a walkway. Our Friend, Peter Cornell for Porkys Pickups has offered to transport the timber to Adelaide River. Thanks to Steelcon and Porkys. Recognition of the Engineering Heritage of the BIG bridge. The Institution of Engineers, Australia has a program of recognising national engineering landmarks. The Overland Telegraph has been recognised and plaqued as a national engineering landmark in 1997 (during its 125th birthday). Our Friend, Owen Peake, has just about finished the extensive documentation on the bridge that is required to submit its nomination to Canberra for national assessment. Thanks go to Owen, Janice Lake and Fiona for this major work. Heritage Conservation and Management Plan. Director of Heritage, Steve Sutton, has announced that the Architects Studio has been awarded the major consultancy to prepare our C&M plan. Consultant Peter Fletcher is well known to us and comes with excellent credentials for this important project. Part of the consultancy involves consultation with all of the relevant stakeholders.

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