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Bluff 1959


Brian McKenzie
 

An interesting photo from Bluff, Chris.  What caught my eye immediately
was the dredge 'La Nivelle' which would pump sand and gravel to the
(disconnected) spray nozzle/pipe, at photo left centre, to create the
bank and reclamation beyond.

Goods sheds and the two storey railway station building are in plain
view.  Several sheeted wagons are on the wharf - which might contain
bales of wool.

At this date, would transport of all cargoes, on and off the wharves,
still remain the exclusive preserve of the Railways Dept?

At Timaru, the long length of the goods shed was operated in two halves,
'shipping' and 'rail'.  All imported and coastal shipped goods were
transferred on metal wheeled sack barrows from the rail wagons pushed
into the shed's shipping end, to rail wagons waiting further along the
same track in the 'rail' section for sorting and onward transport.  By
the 1960s, limited licence was given for some truck transport directly
off wharves for goods subject to much damage from all this double
handling.  Sugar in hessian and in 3lb and 6lb paper bags was one such
cargo.  (At one chain of stores - which preferred to bag its own sugar,
staff were expected to weigh-out 12 x 6lb bags from each 70lb sack! )

-Brian McK


Brian McKenzie
 

Oops, above message sent to wrong group, but many of you will have seen the photo referred to at NZR@groups.io
-Brian


Peter Ross
 

When the bill for Covid comes in we could do with those sort of economics.

Peter

On 8/08/2020 10:04 am, Brian McKenzie wrote:
(At one chain of stores - which preferred to bag its own sugar,
staff were expected to weigh-out 12 x 6lb bags from each 70lb sack! )
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