is many years since this photo was taken by Reid McNaught recording the last steam
train being turned on the original turntable. No longer required, the turntable was
removed. For the last few years we have been working on a number of projects to improve
the railway precinct in Middlemarch and this includes the reinstallation of a turntable.
Although originally just a dirt walled table, it has been reinstated with stonework
by local craftsmen and volunteers. Contributions have been generously made by many,
none more so than Allan Campbell who has done the engineering work. None of this
work would have been possible without a substantial contribution by the Community
Trust of Otago. Also needing mention is Taieri Gorge Limited who purchased the turntable
and whose staff have been very supportive of this project.
But we are not just working
on the turntable. At the northern end of the precinct we have re-erected a home signal,
we have painted up a truck to bring some life back into the precinct, and we havejust
brought down a water tank generously donated by the Cleugh family of Gimmerburn.
the water tank on a stand is our next project in the actual precinct and any contributions
or wisdom that you might have to assist in this project, or the building of stockyards,
will be happily accepted.
Railways are not just about
buildings and infrastructure. There are interesting stories to be told about the
people who created the line, the effect the railway had on the development of Central
Otago and of course the exciting part the Rail Trail is playing in continuing to
develop our area. We are also developing a railway heritage extension to the Strath
Taieri Historical Museum in Aberafon Street and, again, welcome any assistance you
can give us with ideas, stories, mementos or donations to progress this project.
you have information, donations or anything else that
you would like to follow up with us please contact:
Williams - 4643718
Wilson - 4643797
Elliot - 4643731
Wilson - 4643473