The Takaka Tramway.
We are, indebted to the courtesy of Mr John Rochfort, the engineer to the Takaka Tramway Oompaay, Nelson Provincial District, for the following very interesting detailed description of that undertaking, which will be found worth perusal. The Tokaka Tramway, which you lately wrote me about, commences at Waitap'i, which is the shipping port of the Takaka VaUey. The tramway runs up the valley 8£ miles an<l has six sawmills along it. It runs through tonce difficult ground about the centre of its length, where the hills abut on the river. The guage of the' line is 2 /jet 6 inches, and the rails only 221bs, fhe sleepers, however, are spaced/ only 2 feet apart (centres), which, ot pourse, stiffens the rail. The steepest grade is 1 m 96, and the sharpest curte two chains radius, but only for very short lengths. The Company possesses 12 strong bogie timber carriages, which will cany from»3000 to 4000 teot of sawn timber, each 17 feet long,; clear of , the buffers ; also, 1 pa3i;e!iger car, and one locomotive of two' cylinders 5£ inch diameter and 10 inch stroke, 1 with 4 feet wheel base. The cost of the line, including all the rolling stock, compensation &0., was £1350 per mile. The tramway is considered very successful, and fully satisfies the shareholder. The present earnings are roughly about £200 a month, and all the wages now paid amount to under £300 a year. It is anticipatid that the oost of keeping up the lino will be very small, owing to the solid nature of the Hue, and the light character of the rolling stock. The tramway will doubtless be eventually carried as far again up the Valley, as there is abundance of good timber further on.
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The Takaka Tramway., Manawatu Standard, Volume 3, Issue 55, 29 January 1883
The Takaka Tramway. Manawatu Standard, Volume 3, Issue 55, 29 January 1883
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