The wait continues for report on Lydiard St rail gate smash

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 28 Jul 2020 10:12
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The actual timber gates are the easy bit. The hard bit would be sourcing two of those big cast posts the gates were swinging from. Not that many around; many old ones broke as they were removed, and unlikely any were kept at spares, given that once installed they would normally last forever. None of their designers would have anticipated two being wrecked with a high speed impact. In this case, might be good reason it is hard.
I suggested above that the crossing be closed and the design of the old gates integrated into what would become fixed fencing at the site.

If this is adopted, it would be sufficient for the posts used to be substitutes that replicate the external appearance of the original posts while not having the same internal materials/construction. This is an accepted practice in the realm of heritage preservation.
The posts are ornate steel/iron castings (probably cast iron) - they have an internal void which, as suggested, could become a solid if necessary. With advances in technology since the original design of these posts you may be able to get away with a steel pillar surrounded cosmetically with prestressed/reinforced concrete of some sort??????
RP is doing stupid things again. The post above reading:

'The posts are ornate steel/iron castings (probably cast iron) - they have an internal void which, as suggested, could become a solid if necessary. With advances in technology since the original design of these posts you may be able to get away with a steel pillar surrounded cosmetically with prestressed/reinforced concrete of some sort??????

was mine.
It seems that RP is running multiple posts together under the one attribution.

Indeed. I certainly didn't write either the post starting the 'The posts are ornate steel/iron castings', or the post noting the problem that Railpage was having.

My deathless prose seems to have vanished into the ether. Sic gloria and all that.
historian
The 'ornate steel/iron castings' and the 'RP is doing stupid things' were both mine. I have no idea what I did to bugger it up!
Actually, I didn't do anything to bugger it up. I was on annual leave that day.

There was one 'plus' however - I was able to 'agree' with my own post! Rolling Eyes

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  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
There is a nice picture of the original gates (complete with tram of course) in the latest edition of the Ballarat Tramway Museum's newsletter "Fares Please".

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