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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday August 29 2012 Tyre problems on Vanua Levu

We found the second Ontrak rebuild in the mill yard – this a rebuild of one of the mill’s Baldwins. together with Clyde number 20.

 Out on the line east we found two trains heading towards the mill combining their rakes so one, Clyde number 9, could proceed to the mill and the other, number 11, head out again.

Huw with keen observers

There were some truck derailment issues that had to be attended to.

The track runs close to the coastline at many places.

The train going out to the eastern extremity of the line at Nubu was eventually intercepted in the Wainikoro Sector Office and success was obtained to gaining approval for a cab ride for Huw. I was to head around by road and meet him.
Departing shot Wainikoro Sector Office

It was then that I shredded the first tyre. Dirt roads with jagged stones. No problem. I put on the spare.
After a lengthy delay, Huw’s train arrived at Lagalaga and the farmers demonstrated the standard cross country haulage of the empties. The train continued over the last leg to Nubu, over a range of some proportions.
Tractor shunting at Lagalaga

Coming down the hill to Nubu

Departing from Nubu

After meeting him at Nubu, Huw shredded the second tyre. Fortunately we had a mobile phone signal and the car hire fellow had to come out from Labasa with two fresh tyres. We waited about an hour and a half while all this took place. No photos of shredded tyres unfortunately.

Crossing a tidal creek at Lagalaga

Let’s hope that tomorrow brings better luck with tyres.













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