Railway at the Adelaide Zoo 1965

 
  Sojourner Train Controller

This was before my time, but I am guessing some in here may know of it? I am interested to know when it was built and how long it was in use for any I guess any other information relating to specifications and so forth!



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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
While we're at it, I maintain a web page covering every passenger carrying Australian aerial ropeway and ski lift (there have been over 400 of them), and while I know there was some sort of chairlift at Adelaide Showgrounds, I have no idea of the years it operated, who made it or anything really. Sad

At the moment, the entry for the Adelaide showground chairlift just reads,

Adelaide Showgrounds, Double chair, 1980's-?

So it's sadly lacking in detail. fI anyone has the slightest, vaguest information on it, please let me know. Thanks. Smile
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
While we're at it, I maintain a web page covering every passenger carrying Australian aerial ropeway and ski lift (there have been over 400 of them), and while I know there was some sort of chairlift at Adelaide Showgrounds, I have no idea of the years it operated, who made it or anything really. Sad

At the moment, the entry for the Adelaide showground chairlift just reads,

Adelaide Showgrounds, Double chair, 1980's-?

So it's sadly lacking in detail. fI anyone has the slightest, vaguest information on it, please let me know. Thanks. Smile
"Bogong"


Ok I believe it was installed when the Wayville Pavilion was built. 1980
and it was removed to make way for the Establishment of Hamilton Boulevard and the extension of the Jubilee Pavilion in 2002
http://www.theshow.com.au/showground/royal-adelaide-show/history.jsp

Edit: After reading sar526's post, I'll add that the chair lift went from just inside the Northern gate to the middle eastern side of the oval

But I maybe wrong!
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Bu@@er

I just typed a reply and it disappeared in the ether.

I had a ride on the zoo train as a kid in the 50s. The engine was called "Here She Comes" which even as a child I thought was rather twee.

Gauge was narrow, probably 3 ft. I recall there being two carriages with link and pin couplings like SASMEE.

The engine was petrol powered with what was in all likelihood a Ford Prefect engine and drive train.

The big advantage of the train was that it went "back stage" behind the cages and also had a view of the river.

Ian
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
["Quote"]This was before my time, but I am guessing some in here may know of it? I am interested to know when it was built and how long it was in use for any I guess any other information relating to specifications and so forth! [quote="Sojourner"]

I remember riding on the railway, which took passengers on a circuit past many of the animal exhibits. Any vehicle with metal wheels on rails was exciting for this then young boy to ride on. As is obvious, the steam engine was a shell powered by a petrol engine. I think that the gauge was two feet.

Lilian, the very popular elephant, was the first to pull a cart rather than have passengers riding on her back in a howdah.

The Adelaide Zoo was and is the only capital city zoo not to have been established and conducted by the relevant state government. It was the collection of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.

There was a private venture in the parklands nearby, variously called the 'Koala Farm' and the 'Snake Park'.

The chair lift took passengers the across most of the show ground, and was very popular.

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me

I had a ride on the zoo train as a kid in the 50s. The engine was called "Here She Comes" which even as a child I thought was rather twee.

Gauge was narrow, probably 3 ft. I recall there being two carriages with link and pin couplings like SASMEE.

The engine was petrol powered with what was in all likelihood a Ford Prefect engine and drive train.

The big advantage of the train was that it went "back stage" behind the cages and also had a view of the river.

Ian
"steam4ian"


My memories date to the early 60's (because my younger brother was still in a stroller - so 1961) I road the train with dad and older siblings, always remember the part of the trip behind the lions' cages Smile
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Thanks for the info on the showgrounds chairlift Pressman, sorry to slightly hijack Sojourner's zoo railway thread.

I'll update the entry and give Pressman a credit at the bottom of the relevant section of my web page, he can PM me with his real name if he wants to. Any other info on the chairlift would be appreciated.
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
I think I'm right when I say that the tourist train that runs around Moonta Mines on the YP, is the former train that was around the zoo. Because of its gauge, the operators of it actually need a Cat 1 Medical to operate.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
["Quote"]This was before my time, but I am guessing some in here may know of it? I am interested to know when it was built and how long it was in use for any I guess any other information relating to specifications and so forth!

I remember riding on the railway, which took passengers on a circuit past many of the animal exhibits. Any vehicle with metal wheels on rails was exciting for this then young boy to ride on. As is obvious, the steam engine was a shell powered by a petrol engine. I think that the gauge was two feet.

Lilian, the very popular elephant, was the first to pull a cart rather than have passengers riding on her back in a howdah.

The Adelaide Zoo was and is the only capital city zoo not to have been established and conducted by the relevant state government. It was the collection of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.

There was a private venture in the parklands nearby, variously called the 'Koala Farm' and the 'Snake Park'.

The chair lift took passengers the across most of the show ground, and was very popular.

MODERATORS: There is a fault in the present reply process which will not allow the correct quotation of the previous message upon which comment is made, but instead attributes the reply to the person addressed. I am SAR526, not Sojourner. Soon also I will kill the person who invented the 'correction facility' which changes my properly typed words to some bizarre version which renders the message meaningless. It even repeatedly changes the spelling of my given name, and makes it necessary to read messages very carefully before submission.
SAR526
This fault has been there for some time but does not occur in all the time.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

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  RonH Locomotive Fireman

Location: Whyalla, South Australia
Bu@@er

I just typed a reply and it disappeared in the ether.

I had a ride on the zoo train as a kid in the 50s. The engine was called "Here She Comes" which even as a child I thought was rather twee.

Gauge was narrow, probably 3 ft. I recall there being two carriages with link and pin couplings like SASMEE.

The engine was petrol powered with what was in all likelihood a Ford Prefect engine and drive train.

The big advantage of the train was that it went "back stage" behind the cages and also had a view of the river.

Ian
"steam4ian"


I remember that train very well Ian. I did not live in Adelaide but every time the family came to Adelaide to visit we would always go to the zoo, and I had to have a ride on the train. It was always interesting to see the compounds and cages of the animals from the railway, and sometimes the keepers were in the cages, doing what they had to do. I am not sure when it was installed but I went on this tranin many times in the early 1950's.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
A quick google has found that there was an article on the Zoo train in the "Light Railways" magazine.  
'Here She Comes: The McKay Sunshine ZooTrains’ in LR 183, June 2005.  It's not online, but someone somewhere may have a copy that they're willing to scan?
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
This seemed to be a horrible part of being born in 1965:- Everything that was available to earlier years in school was suddenly stopped the year that I was there. It must have been 1971 when my next oldest brother went to the zoo and they had a ride on the train. My turn in 1972 and it was no longer running, so no ride. A few years later when all the kids got to tour the Coke factory- my year was the first year that the tours stopped. A few other things happened like this too. However I did get to go to the AMSCOL icecream factory before it too was closed.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

This was before my time, but I am guessing some in here may know of it? I am interested to know when it was built and how long it was in use for any I guess any other information relating to specifications and so forth!



http://youtu.be/viKPG8FcxDs
"Sojourner"


Like the terrible lion enclosure shown in the video fun rides have no place in a modern zoo. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Like the terrible lion enclosure shown in the video fun rides have no place in a modern zoo. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
"nswtrains"


So what was the point of that?  It was wasn't a modern zoo, and the train is long gone.  Why call it rubbish?
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
It was a good way at the time to see a whole section of the zoo and not everyone can walk around all day without getting tired or something, so anything that makes part of the visit less tedious gets the thumbs up from most people! But as has been said the Adelaide Zoo was not what you would have called modern even back then, and yes the ride has now passed into history, although until recently you could still see some rails from it sticking through the bitumen in places, but I would assume now that that too is long gone as well!
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
NM39, I hope you got to the cadbury factory before the tours stopped.

I did, despite being younger than you... :>
  xdford Chief Train Controller

This was before my time, but I am guessing some in here may know of it? I am interested to know when it was built and how long it was in use for any I guess any other information relating to specifications and so forth!



http://youtu.be/viKPG8FcxDs
Sojourner
There were actually two locos in my time. Up to about 64 it was the red steam outline "Here she comes"  loco and it was replaced by a blue loco similar to a Clyde type cane loco in a light blue and yellow lined scheme. The trains seem to be turned perhaps every summer season probably to even out the flange wear. It was then replaced by a rubber tyred tractor and trailers... bt it wasn't the same of course...

Cheers

Trevor

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