WAIPA RAILWAY AND COAL COMPANY.
PROGRESS OF THE WORK DIRECTORS' VISIT TO THE MINE. The directors of "Waipa Railway and Collieries. Ltd., paid a visit of inspection to the mine Te Akatea, Wai-kato, on October 14, 15 and 1(3. The directors making the trip were: Messrs. W. M. liannay (chairman), C. Stewart (Wellington), H. W. Williams (Masterion), J. W. Ellis (Hamilton), and Maurice Casey (Auckland). They were accompanied by the contractor for the railway formation iMr. Donald McLean). Mr. Ashley Hunter, the constructing engineer, and the secretary of the company (Mr. 11. D. Vickery).
The railway formation -work from Ngaruawahia to Te Akatea is practically completed, the rails having been laid for the first three-quarters of a mile across the bridge over the Waipa River, which is now finished. The huge embankment between the bridge and the county road ih'as been completed, and is now being levelled preparatory to laying the raile. The .ganger in c-harge anticipates that the ranis will be laid for the first two miles 'within three weeks.
A temporary engine shed and -water supply have been constructed at the twomile peg to accommodate the locomotive which has been imported by the company ■from Messns. Andrew Barclay and Sons, Glasgow, and whidh is now being erected at Newmarket. It is anticipated that the engine will be available for ballasting purposes in three weeks' time. The company has been fortunate in opening out a qua Tr- on Hβ own property on the line of route, which •"will provide all the stone necessary for ballasting purposes, and later it is hoped will provide a supply of stone which will be available for sale to surrounding locaJ bodies.
The chief work yet to be completed by the contractors OMeesrs. Donald McLean and Co.) ie the viaduct crossing Sbony Creek. This is an imposing structure with concrete ioundations and huge ironbark supports. This work is well forward, and will be completed in about four weeks' time; 'the company's officials hope to have the eleepers and rails laid, and the platelaymg done to this point by the time the viaduct is completed.
The earthwork at the railway station yard at Te Akatea ie finished, and except for a little levelling the earthwork in the shunting yard below the mine incline is also completed. The shunting yard 'has been so arranged that the empty tracks will gravitate under the screens, and thus obviate the necessity of providing power for haulage.
A gang of men hae been put on, and has •opened out the lace of the coal eeam at the head of the incline. Men are now engaged in providing accommodation for the power house ami hydraulic brakes at the* head of the incline.
The contract for the necessary power plant for haaiiage .in the mine and for driving the mine fan for ventilation purposes has been let.
The urine incline is completed, and the double line of Tails on it laid, while the machinery for the bjwira-ulic brake, which is being supplied by Geo. Fraser and Sons, Auckland, ifi being erected. The incline will be wocked on the endless rope system, the loaded trucks descending hauling up the empties on the other line. The house to accommodate the screening plant is being built, and the screening plant, from Edgar, Allen and Co., Sheffield, is on tin ground awaiting erection.
An extensive workshop and store has been built at the bottom of the incline, and frhe construction of *he mine tnbs is being pushed ahead. All the machinery for the company has either been delivered, and is now in course of erection, or is on the ■water.
fWhile at Te Atartea, a directore' meeting was held, and Mr. Thomas Thomson, MXMJS.. at present 'Inspector of Mines in Dunedin, "was aippoanted mining engineer to the company.
The coal will be •worked from adits, and the development wiicti faae been done gives a very good idea of tne cheap and economical way in -which this mine will be worked; no shaft-Sinking will be required; the coal faces are exposed on the iulteide, and mining wiTl be effected from tunnels. The company's private line junctions with the Main Trunk line at NgaTuawaih-ia, and the Government trucks win run right up to the company's screens at the bottom of -the incline, and to within -a few hundred yards of the mine mouth.
Generally, the work is well forward. The company expects to be getting out coal early in 1914.—"Dominion," October
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WAIPA RAILWAY AND COAL COMPANY., Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 257, 28 October 1913
WAIPA RAILWAY AND COAL COMPANY. Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 257, 28 October 1913
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