With over 35 years of experience at Kings Park it was decided to continue with a concrete beam and steel rail. Kings Park was built on a rubbish tip and the members cast the concrete beams in situ -
The beams are supported at each end in galvanised steel trays, jig-
The curves are standardised at a radius of 17m and super-
Thought had been given early on to the type of track to be used. Kings Park used 3/8 inch square steel bar held onto hardwood sleepers by screws through steel plates jig-
The track made up in panels, each 3m long using 1kg/m steel flat bottom rail. As the railway caters for 3.5, 5 and 7.25 in gauges there are four rails to be laid and this works out at some 2.5 tonnes of rail. The rails are carried on plastic baseplates and fastened to the sleepers by 4.2mm dia. hex-
The contractor used by the Council to carry out landscaping work managed to crack one of the curved beams with his large tracked excavator! A replacement beam was cast, at his expense of course, and the broken beam lies alongside the new one awaiting future burial. The construction of the concrete beams and supports can be seen in this picture.
A simple jig was built to make the construction of track panels relatively painless and this allowed two straight panels to be built simultaneously. A production line was established with members carrying out the menial tasks such as putting a washer onto all 32,000 screws! Others then loaded the 4,000 sleepers with screws and baseplates ready to be put into the jig and the rails, which had been cut to length and jig-
The old Kings Park Engine Shed was re-
Curved track panels were built in a similar manner, but each of the four lengths of rail had to be accurately cut to length, jig-
The track panels were fastened onto the concrete beam using stainless wood screws into plastic plugs in holes drilled through the pilot hole in the centre of the sleeper and into the beam -
There has to be a means of getting trains on and off of the track and at Kings Park a massive, two-
The 'Bendy Beam' set for the main line.
The 'Bendy Beam' in the curved position. The hinged section of the spur road gives the necessary clearance from the main line when in the straight position. Without this feature the rigid part of the 'Bendy Beam' would have to be almost 10m long!
October, November and December turned out to be the wettest on record and a lot of effort was put into stabilising the quagmire that quickly developed all round the Steaming Bay area. Money had to be spent on sorting it out just so that we could move around. The Engine Shed, which had been in the Council store for over a year, was re-
The Golden Fishplate ceremony was held 51 weeks after the contractor had started work. Exactly one year to the day we ran the railway for a private Fun Day, carrying an estimated 600 passengers.
After 51 weeks Dick Ganderton installs the 'Golden Fishplate' to complete the track.