Turntable

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Turntable

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After months of looking and negotation, we secured the purchase of the old Palmerston turntable in the South Island. Once the sale was confirmed our chairman drove to the South Island and organised for the turntable to be delivered to Feilding. Tranz Rail picked up the turntable from Palmerston on Saturday and delivered it to Feilding on Monday the 17th of September 2001 - a journey of less than 48 hours.

Concreting Edge 19 January 2005
Pouring the concrete to give the locos a sturdy entry/exit from the turntable.
The DSA Being Turned on the Turntable The DSA is often on the turntable as part of its shunting duties.
Cutting the Ribbon Audrey Severinson and Russell Wiseman, cutting the ribbon and declaring the turntable open.
Blowing the Whistle Audrey Severinson, Feilding's Mayor, officially opened the Turntable by blowing the Wab's whistle.
Attaching the Board Walk and Hand Rails One of the last jobs to do was to lay the board walk and attach the hand rails.
The Turntable Mike Barnes and Kevin think through the job at hand.
Graham Doing Up the Bolts The rail was put on the turntable and bolted down. Graham is in there doing the dirty work.
Bending Rail with the Jack Jack and Larry used the jack to bend the ring rail into a circle.
Bending Rail Into a Circle Jack and Larry worked together for three weekends to fit the ring rail.
Fitting the Ring Rail The old Palmerston ring rail was badly rusted so it was decided to make a new one. This took a lot of work but will last for years.
The Turntable in the Ground The turntable in the ground.
Lowering the Turnable in the Pit Lowering the turnable into the pit.
Lifting the Turntable off the Wagon The crane lifted the turntable off the wagon and placed it on the centre.
The Centre Placed on the Concrete Pad. The Centre has been placed on the concrete pad. The bolts are still to be done up.
The Turntable on the Railway Wagon The turntable was pushed up next to the hole in the ground ready for the crane to lift it into place.
The Concrete Pad The concrete pad after the boxing was removed. Five tonnes of concrete went into this hole.
The Bearings While the concrete was drying we cleaned the bearings out of the turntable. Once cleaned we then installed them back into the turntable with new grease.
The Reinforcing Steel The reinforcing steel was tied to the bolts and placed in the new hole ready for the concrete.
Digging the Hole for the Base The digger dug a deep hole in the ground for the concrete base to go in.

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