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The Kaitangata Railway.

This railway is now virtually finished, and the Company deserve all credit for their enterprise and the eneigetic manner in which the works have been pushed forward to a completion. It is only four weeks since the engine was got to commence the ballasting, and the whole length of the line was partiallp ballasted ten days ago — length 4-| miles, and two-thirds of the ballast already laid on. Mr Coates has cvi dently pushed on the work with expedition, and has gone about it in a systematic and business-like manner : The ballast has all been brought from the township of Kaitangata, immediately below the, coalp it, and is of excellent gravel. Mr Coates has had fifty men at work — one gang filling the trucks, another unloading and spreading the gravel, and > other two gangs along the line raising and levelling. The ordinary speed of the engine with the trucks has been 15 miles an hour, and considering that the line yet requires levelling the jolting is but very slight indeed. When quite completed it will be one of tbe smoothest and nicest lines in the Colony. As it is it is now quite fit for conveying grain and other produce afc an easy speed, and, we understand, it will at once be utilised for this- purpose by the settlers in the district. .

As to the coal pit, operations there are also being pushed on .with all haste, and the coal is expected to be reached every day. It may occupy a fortnight yet, however, to complete the tunnel froai the terminus of the railway to the 27 feet seem, when full operations will be undertaken The work is being at present carried' on night and day, the men working threa.shifts. The tunnel is eight feet wide, and will be upwards of 200 feet long. Two shafts have been sunk on the line of the tunnel,— the, first, about 60 feet from the mouth, is 20 feet deep, and the other at the seam of coal 60 feet deep. Thus, apart from the railway works, those at the coal pit are pretty extensive, and it is to be hoped the Company will soon be fully rewarded fpr their large outlaw

It is expected that by the time the finishing touches have been given: to the railway and the same inspected and passed by the Government Engineer, the coal will be fully opened up atid ready to be transmitted to Dimedin and other markets. y

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The Kaitangata Railway., Clutha Leader, Volume II, Issue 89, 23 March 1876

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The Kaitangata Railway. Clutha Leader, Volume II, Issue 89, 23 March 1876

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