A world class industrial heritage site

Maintenance

Repairs completed to the steam exhaust pipe

The failed section of exhaust steam pipe was removed on Tuesday and the new section lifted and fixed in place. Work continues on fitting the approriate props to support the pipework. External repairs, including replacing the damaged guy stays is scheduled within the next two to three weeks.

The spider crane supporting the new pipe during installation

Social gas, and safety

Work and open day today, included a hazard identification exercise. Tuesday work/open days provide an opportunity for our volunteers to socialise, and “gas” about common themes. However, with a lifetime of work experience behind us, and with increasing exposure to the public, we are also very conscious of the need to provide a safe visitor experience while at the same time maintaining maximum authenticity. In the picture Tom and Bob are investigating the appropriate elimination, isolation or minimisation of a tripping or falling hazard.

Tom and Bob check out safety options

Close inspection of the vertical kind

Today contractors provided a “cherry picker” elevated work platform to allow an inspection of the vertical section of the exhaust steam vent. While the decoration is extremely corroded, structurally the vent remains sound.

The exhaust steam vent cap

Busy Open day

Open day yesterday, and we ran some tests on the boiler feed-pump motor. This allowed us to steam up – not a usual Tuesday event.
DCC consultation project organiser Emma O’Neil and assistant Rowan visited this afternoon to plan for the “DCC South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy – Issues and Opportunities Consultation” open day event, to be held at the museum on Wednesday 12 May.
Our contract inspector checked out the traction engine for its annual boiler certification.