Re: Kenilworth crossing

Harry Ostrofsky
 

Hi Rollo et al

 

See the capstan wheel below for operating the booms.

 

Taken at Newclare station many years ago.

 

Gone!!!

 

Harry O

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Rollo et

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: sar-l@groups.io [mailto:sar-l@groups.io] On Behalf Of Rollo Dickson
Sent: 04 July 2017 13:48
To: sar-l@groups.io
Subject: Re: [sar-l] Kenilworth crossing

 

Hi Bill -

 

The booms are worked by a vertically-mounted steel wheel about a metre in diameter. As the linkage is by rodding similar to that previously used to operate track points, and although the booms are counterweighted, considerable effort is needed.

 

York Road crossing at Muizenberg was worked from the high box on the Down platform, a substantial distance away. This one must have been tough to work.

 

The two pairs of crossings at Rosebank appear to have been operated by a single hand-wheel for each pair- heavy going indeed.

 

Rollo

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "William Smith" <williamsmith204@...>

To: <sar-l@groups.io>

Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:15 AM

Subject: Re: [sar-l] Kenilworth crossing

 

 

> Hi Rollo

> I had a feeling you would have some answers.

> I seem to remember the signalman having to turn a large wheel to open the

> booms?

> This must have been quite an effort, especially at peak times.

> Muizenberg also had a level crossing at the end of the station.

> I cant quite remember how they were operated.

> Bill

> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 8:04 PM, Rollo Dickson <r.dickson@...>

> wrote:

>> To add to the recent coverage of Kenilworth level crossing -

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> From the early nineteen-eighties, all new transport-related projects had

>> to be reported to the newly formed Metropolitan Transport Advisory Board

>> (MTAB).

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> Well, the railways drew up a wish-list of crossings they wanted to

>> eliminate. Their planning experts in Johannesburg prioritised things by

>> multiplying the number of trains scheduled across each crossing every 24

>> hours by the number of road vehicles counted. On this basis, Kenilworth

>> topped the list and its impending closure was publicised.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> It was pointed out at an MTAB meeting when the list was tabled that the

>> crossing was not open during peak hours. Clearly unaware of this, the

>> railway people went back to the drawing board and recalculated. In the

>> way

>> of things - which tended to take several months -  they prepared a new

>> list. Kenilworth now moved to the bottom. Which accounts for the fact

>> that

>> the crossing is still there, today.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> Meanwhile, anticipating early agreement to close the crossing,

>> maintenance

>> ceased and in the long Cape winter (it used to rain in those days) the

>> old

>> Cape Government Railways  timber signal cabin gently rotted away and fell

>> to pieces.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> For some months the crossing had to remain closed while they caught up on

>> maintenance (by now the booms were becoming dangerous) and erected a

>> facebrick monstrosity cabin with monopitch corrugated iron roof, about as

>> incongruous a neighbour that could be contrived for the handsome,

>> hundred-year-old station building opposite.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> Photos attached.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> As a matter of interest, no alternative road was proposed at the time

>> they

>> intended to close the crossing. This would have meant no road access

>> across

>> the line between Wynberg and Claremont, quite a few kilometres.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> The railways didn't seem concerned about road users.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> They weren't concerned in the early sixties at Rosebank.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> Here there were five crossings whose closure displaced road traffic to

>> the

>> already overloaded existing bridges on either side - at Mowbray and

>> Rondebosch.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> To the north of Rosebank station there were two boom-protected

>> crossings -

>> Ryan Road and Alma - both controlled ftrom the station signal box. Beyond

>> these were crossings at Liesbeeck Road and York, with booms worked from a

>> small gatekeeper's shack. South of the station, Nursery Road crossing was

>> totally unprotected - not even flashlights.

>> 

>> 

>> 

>> 

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