Today the volunteers moved the Steam Shovel to the front of the Museum site. Unfortunately this could not be achieved under its own power or even under compressed air as intended. A winch truck had to be hired to move it. An estimated 42 tonnes takes alot of moving! Here are some photos of the [...]
Today we celebrated the completion of the fitting shop project. Invited guests attended the celebrations along with trust volunteers.
I have had an interesting day today visiting Barry Brickell of the Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. Bob Bradshaw told me that Barry was associated with the Dunedin Gasworks Museum. I received a warm reception from Barry who indeed told me he worked with Elizabeth Hynes and George Emmerson to establish a committee to preserve [...]
Fitting Shop Project Tuesday, 26th October Today a meeting was held in the Fitting Shop of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum. Sara Sinclair from the Otago Settlers Museum, who is in charge of the educational, discussed details with Ann Barsby and our intern Jessica details about the planned educational programme in the Fitting Shop. The first [...]
Today I had the opportunity to host Dunedin’s local TV channel, and to tape an item for tonight’s news. The item will concentrate on the fitting shop progress, but I managed to fit in a teaser about the upcoming Anderson room upgrade. Thanks to channel 9 for giving us this exposure.
Another successful open day today. The boiler and engines performed well, as did our volunteers, young and old. Visitor numbers were good, and all reported they had enjoyed their experience. Again our volunteer ladies prepared exceptional piklets, cooked on gas of course, while the men folk attended the machines. The fitting shop project rolls on, [...]
Today Novamech (Nova Mechanical Design Ltd) a Pukekohe based firm came to the Gasworks to scan the Fitting Shop and produce a three dimensional model of the building. It was also intended to scan the chimney but time was against us. Nick Bush the director of Nova Mech saw this as an important opportunity to [...]