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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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Grant Applications. In March we lodged a number of applications with the Community Grant committee seeking grants of up to $5,000 for minor projects. This followed our major submission to the federal Regional Assistance Program. Applications are now open for the Regional Museums Grants Support Program (Sue Harlow) and the Heritage Grants Program (Steve Sutton). Preparation of grant applications is time consuming and needs to be well done. Offers of assistance in this area will be welcome. Soft copies of much material is available to ease the effort. Linkages to Bellarine Peninsula Railway. Our already healthy relationship with BPR via Rob Davies was strengthened in early April when we met with President Geoff Everett and Rob Davies to discuss a number of areas of mutual interest. BPR has four steam locomotives, all requiring boiler work, and is in the midst of a major decision-making and investment program (involving funding submissions just like us). Peter Cornell (Porkys Pickups) also took the opportunity to visit Ballarat and Queenscliffe during a recent business trip down south which included Tasmania, Zig-Zag railway and Cairns. Rupert Capper (Secretary of BPR) has also been helpful along with Col Jennings at West Coast Railways loco depot at Ballarat (which in its heyday included two turntables inside the loco shed).. Adelaide River School develops the herb garden. The staff and students at the Adelaide River School have adopted the heritage railway station for a horticulture project. Work has commenced using recycled materials, plants donated by Greening Australia and top soil donated by Fawcett cattle Company. We look forward to seeing this project blossom. Many thanks to Trish Forscutt, Jane Ellem, Michelle McLean and the students at the school. Minister Vatskalis donates traffic control barriers. During April the Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Environment (Hon Kon Vatskalis) donated 30 steel pipe barriers to us for use as traffic control measures within the precinct. These will enable us to stop vehicular movement close to the station. Many thanks Minister. Work on Dorat Road level crossing. During the next few weeks, ADrail will be working at the level crossing. After building a bypass road, they will install a short section of standard gauge track across Dorat Road and will then ramp Dorat Road up to the new level (abut 600mm higher than the present level). We are liaising with ADrail and the Roads Department (DIPE) to arrange lifting of the NAR to the same level at the same time. We have already spent one weekend unbolting fishplates (yes again!!) to enable about 100m of the NAR track to be ramped up and over the new level crossing. Our Mick Kent has established liaison with ADrails Steve Musgrave. It may be prudent for us to lift the NAR track over Easter. Good Response to invitation to become a Friend. In our February Newsletter we included a membership form and invitation. We were delighted by the immediate response especially from some people who we know are very busy. If you have not joined yet, could we invite you to consider it now. Not only are the modest subscription fees useful in helping to meet our

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