Zig Zag Railway Simulation

 
Topic moved from General by bevans on 14 Oct 2015 13:39
  steamer_ctn Station Staff

Hi,

For anybody interested in seeing how the Lithgow Zig Zag railway operated whilst in regular operation with the NSWGR during the early 1900s, a new Open Rails route has been released. The Open Rails simulator allows users to drive trains up and down the zig zag to experience train operations as they were.

Zig Zag

Cheers

Peter

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  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
That's brilliant!

M
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Apparently when it was opened, there was only a short 'Dead End' at Top Points which due to wet conditions, a locomotive ended up hanging over the drop below when it couldnt stop in time.
I believe somehow they managed to extend the length of the 'Dead End' to prevent it happening again.
A photo of this engines 'predicament' is on display the the Lithgow McDonald's store along with others taken of the era.
At times the area is beset with cold, wet windy and occasional snow conditions which would all contribute to an 'exhilarating' journey down the magnificent Zig Zag to the valley below.

Prior to the rails being relaid, the Zig Zag was a road used by those who resided in the Railway Cottages (long gone) when they went to town.
Like the road bed from Newnes Jct to the Glow Worm Tunnel, it was still rutted from where the sleepers had been which made the drive somewhat bumpy as it was never graded or maintained.
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
Apparently when it was opened, there was only a short 'Dead End' at Top Points which due to wet conditions, a locomotive ended up hanging over the drop below when it couldnt stop in time.
I believe somehow they managed to extend the length of the 'Dead End' to prevent it happening again.
A photo of this engines 'predicament' is on display the the Lithgow McDonald's store along with others taken of the era.
At times the area is beset with cold, wet windy and occasional snow conditions which would all contribute to an 'exhilarating' journey down the magnificent Zig Zag to the valley below.

Prior to the rails being relaid, the Zig Zag was a road used by those who resided in the Railway Cottages (long gone) when they went to town.
Like the road bed from Newnes Jct to the Glow Worm Tunnel, it was still rutted from where the sleepers had been which made the drive somewhat bumpy as it was never graded or maintained.
gordon_s1942
The roadbed of the Zig Zag wasn't rutted when I was a little one, it was very well kept. It was also sealed some time in in the late 70s/80s.

The dead end was extended in 1908 by the use of a new alignment, involving much drilling and explosives. But that was easier than when it was first built because of the development of pneumatic drills. For the same reason, the ten tunnel deviation was commenced in 1908, as the new drilling equipment made the work practical.

M

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