Silt cleared from railway tracks
Some three years of silt deposits are being removed from the railway track running along the Taylor River in Blenheim.
The tracks, belonging to the Blenheim Riverside Railway Society, have become clogged up with silt left by the Taylor River when in flood.
Railway Society member Doug Dan said that about 150 millimetres of silt was removed in places.
"It doesn't stop the train from running, but the silt does get into the running gear under the train and cause wear and tear," explained Mr Dan. The silt is being deposited at a section of track near Beaver Rd that needs filling. The train, which usually pulls wagons of passengers, was put to work yesterday, pulling a wagon of silt.
Plans are under way to further develop the track, with the society applying for resource consent to build an extra 850m of track to connect it to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
"We will build a bridge for the train to cross the Taylor River from Brayshaw Park so the tracks can get to the Aviation Heritage Centre," said Mr Dan.
"The bridge is being specifically designed to carry the train."
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