Re: Ida Bay Railway

Chris Stratton

I visited on 10th June 1993 and was the only passenger. I had rung from
Hobart the previous day to ensure the train would be running but when I
arrived at Lune River there was no train crew. Not too much later the crew
arrived and said they were heading down the end of the line to drop off some
gear and I was welcome to ride along. Our loco had a timber tram body built
on a Malcolm Moore chassis, powered by an Isuzu diesel, and with "Teddy Bear
No 2" painted on the front. We had two carriages, one large open carriage
and a smaller one which looked like a guard's van. I rode in the loco with
the crew and was treated to personalised photo stops, including where I
hiked up a hill to take video of the train circling the base of the hill. I
had to run after the train as when they applied the brakes it didn't stop
and just kept sliding along the wet rails. Also at Lune River were two
original Malcolm Moore locos, one with "IBR No1" painted on the door, I
didn't find a number on the other.


-----Original Message-----
From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
On Behalf Of Terry
Sent: Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:33 AM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Ida Bay Railway

I recently visited Ida Bay and rode the train with its Malcolm Moore,
engined, locomotive and was very impressed.

This line originally conveyed limestone from a quarry to a jetty on Ida
Bay and
has been well documented in Light Railways of Autumn 1971 and February
and August of 2001

One of the more interesting historial aspects of the railway was the
system used on the limestone wagons

These were four wheel flat wagons and carried a removable box to contain
the limestone. Braking was effected by "wooden brake blocks which
dropped onto the wheels after being activated by the bunching of couplings
and released when the strain was taken up" (Light Railways February 2001)

There a couple of very derelict wagons near the terminus at Lune River and
the brakes look very simple in operation and pretty robust

The sad part is that the wagons are in a very poor condition and are mixed
with what will probably become scrap timber and metal

This braking system is at least uncommon and may well be unique and
examples would seem worthy of preservation

I think it would be a great project for some Tasmanian enthusiasts to
with the operators to take on the restoration and refurbishment of a
of wagons that are fitted with this brakes and for them to be available
viewing at the depot

I understand the railway is owned by the Tasmanian Government so perhaps
some heritage grant money could be made available?

Any takers?

Terry Boardman

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