Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Otago Central Railway [60C]: Ranfurly to Wingatui 3

Today I finished and submitted Part 3 of the Otago Central series to NZRO. I believe this edition will appear in print in about a month.

The illustrations which have been submitted appear below.

There was a minor crisis when I typed up the reference list and found it came to something like 1500 words. Unfortunately this time I haven't got inline citations because it is so difficult to pin down which one of a large number of reference sources was used for a particular paragraph. I'm quite sure that everything came from not more than a third of the actual reference list.

As the article notes the maps are not finished. I had hoped at the beginning to have them completed for each part but that is not the case. Part 1 and 2 maps are the most complete, but not fully. In order to make it less piecemeal and more complete, I am going to go back to Cromwell and check everything in that order is complete and then produce the full maps section by section along the line to ensure everything is finished. This is most relevant because I have generational maps to produce for Clyde and Alexandra that are still not finished, although it has taken some time to come up with a data structure for the GIS to make it easy to show and hide various features based on dates.

So it does seem highly likely the Part 1 and 2 maps will be finished by the time the Part 3 article comes out as long as I do something every day to complete them, then I can get on to finishing the Part 3 maps as soon as I can. And then move on to something else :)

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Otago Central Railway [60B]: Wingatui to Ranfurly 2

Well it has been a few days since the last posting, however as of today I am commencing to write Part 3. Part 2 came out last week in the Observer and my chief regret is that the maps weren't actually completed for Part 2. This only needed Auripo map to be finished before the entire maps for the section could be put out. However there are also some questions of revising some of the Part 1 maps as well.

In the meantime for the purposes of Part 3 which must take priority I have still got to finish detailing the route from Salisbury to Pukerangi putting in mile and km pegs and checking other details, so that will be pushed ahead right away and the article writing will then follow along with the extent of maps that are needed to illustrate Part 3. These are mainly for illustrations and are top priority.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Otago Central Railway [60A]: Wingatui to Ranfurly 1

Wingatui to Ranfurly is Part 3 of the article series on the Otago Central Railway. This means I have to have all the knowledge about the line along this route finalised. In addition this part will contain more information about the private sidings of Alexandra. 

Right now I am using the recently obtained chainage book for 0 to 25 miles and another resource to mark in both kilometre and mile pegs from Wingatui to Pukerangi. This completes the degree of milepost marking that can be realistically achieved along the entire route.

I am also drawing maps for the stations from Wingatui to Ranfurly. The only map beyond Ranfurly not completed already is the one of Auripo, which will be quite quick to do. Although Wingatui-Ranfurly seems ambitious in the time I have, I have already done Sutton, Middlemarch, Ngapuna, Rock & Pillar and Hyde, as well as  Taieri Estate, North Taieri, Pukerangi and Hindon. So right now I am needing to do Salisbury, Taioma (both sites), Parera, Mt Allan, Little Mt Allan, Christmas Creek, Deep Stream, Flat Stream, Matarae, Tiroiti, Kokonga, Waipiata and Ranfurly.

However it is more likely only some of these will be completed in the time I have to write this part, and I will have to choose the ones which are for illustrations to be the priority. Ranfurly therefore is likely to be started shortly. It is one of those areas for which there is not currently good quality aerial coverage and therefore diagrams would need to be filled into it. The same goes for many of the locations in the Taieri Gorge. As Salisbury is the last station between Wingatui and Sutton for which reasonably good aerial coverage is available I am about to draw that one. I think that probably Flat Stream and Middlemarch are priorities as well.

The below are the Taieri Aerodrome and North Taieri maps recently completed.

Taieri Aerodrome 1947

 Aerodrome 1985
Aerodrome 2013

This repeat of the 1947 map shows a passenger platform that existed at the aerodrome site.

North Taieri (TGR station) and North Taieri Tanks (OCR station). The latter was simply a watering tank.