The AFR will slowly
in time have more structures on the railway & will be added here.
Above are 2
pictures of a NZR round water vat. The Vat itself is made out of PVC
pipe scribed to get the wooden board effect, the bands around it are 1mm
welding wire & are rusting up quiet nicely! The ladder & tank
support are constructed from treated pine stripped down from
3"x1" off cuts. This has been outside since for 2 of the 3
railways since Jan 2001.
Span Steel Beam Bridge
This bridge is on
its 2nd Railway. The beams are constructed out of wood & styrene
with 300 dress pins for rivets in each beam it was under-coated with VHT
red oxide with a top coat of clear. It has stood the test of time being
outside since 2002. The piers are concrete, cast in a mould made from
split pipe with a spacer to get the flat between the curved ends.
The bridges guide rails were drilled & tapped with machine screws to
the sleepers, all this was done on the work bench then installed
out-side. The piers are mortared in place on a concrete foundation with
the beams floating on top.
Built Beam Bridge
This is the newest
built bridge on the railway, No4 bridge is built out of treated pine
stripped down to the required size. It is situated on the inside line
from the loop to the yard, as you can see in the first photo still a bit
more finishing to be done.
No1 bridge is the
oldest structure on the railway, it has survived 3 railways & is
still very sound. It is made from treated pine with steel truss rods it
has seen 15 years outside & is well over due for a coat of paint.
The guide rails are laid straight on the sleepers with self tappers
screw into them up from the bottom through the sleepers, this was done
in place but the other 2 bridges the guide rails were drilled &
tapped with machine screws all done on a work bench, Much, Much easier!!