Motat Tramline Extension

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Key Facts

  • Project: Motat Tramline Extension
  • Client: Jesmond Construction Limited
  • Location: Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
  • Contract Value: $55,000

Electrix was awarded this project by Jesmond Construction Limited as a result of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) decision to extend their tramline from the Auckland Zoo Station to the MOTAT’s Aviation and Rail museum in Motions Road, Western Springs.

The scope of the work included the installation of 30 new steel poles stretching over an area of 1.2 kilometres. The poles consisted of single side poles consisted of single side-arm poles double side arm poles, double side-arm poles and strainer poles, ranging between 7.6 and 7.9 meters tall. Electrix was also responsible for fitting insulators, conductor wire, wire clamps, catenary wires, finials and pole decorative art work. The conductor wire is a solid grooved drawn copper wire, weighing approximately
1 kilogram per meter and its was suspended 6 to 6.3 meters above the rail level. At the curves or points, and the road crossing the conductor wires are supported from road crossing, the conductor wires are supported from tensioned catenary wires.

The new extension of the tramline was powered from the existing DC system the tram runs on.

The project also required Electrix to closely liaise with the Auckland Zoo, Western Springs College and the TAPAC dance association, which situated in the vicinity of the work site.

The project was completed on time and to our customers satisfaction.

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