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Can TEMPLOT cope with this type of trackwork?Seen at Norfolk Bay convict station, Taranna, Tasmania




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More importantly Richard, can you build the working scale convicts to push it...

If so I'm putting in an order for some working 7mm shunting horses.

Matt M.
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Hi Matt,No problem, we just need to get Jonathan Swift to persuade the Lilliputian Government to introduce transportation.......
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That's not like sending jobs overseas is it?
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You don't necessarily need convicts or horses. There was a railway with timber rails in New Zealand (briefly) powered by steam locomotives.

http://the-lothians.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-saga-of-southlands-wooden-railway.html
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          Australia did have a tramway that utilised wooden rails. A timber logging line, near Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba in Queensland was privately set-up, although without Government permission and operated for a n umber of years, It connected with the 3' 6" State system and utilised three Shay locos. It survived until the late 1920s or thereabouts. Little trace remains of it today.

See: http://www.crowsnesttramway.co.uk/archive.html for more information and an interesting resurrection. A more serious study, with some photos is at: http://www.crowsnesttramway.co.uk/archive.html   also of interest is: http://www.railheritagewa.org.au/info/wart.htm

   And, of course, the early US railroads, desperately wanting to expand, used timber 'rails' extensively. A metal strap was often pinned to the running surface, to reduce friction and wear. One of the downsides was that the rolling action of the iron/steel wheels, caused the iron strap to curl up as the nails came loose. If a wheel passed under a curled up section the strap would ne forced up vertically into the goods wagon or passenger car. Passengers viewed this unfavourably, nick-naming the now lethal straps as 'snake-heads'. The p  practice did not last long.

  http://www.lafn.org/~dave/trans/rail/rail_intro.html   refers.

 

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HiYes, the Middlebere Tramway in Dorset had a Lewin engine running on a platewayJust been ridding the trams in MelbourneBest wishesRichard
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But of course the Middlebere wasn't wooden rails.....
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