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Katoomba Scenic Railway – Design Verification

New South Wales, Australia

Scenic World Katoomba undertook the replacement of the entire Scenic Railway attraction at Scenic World. The original Scenic Railway was built in the 1930’s with a 52 degree incline and has undergone several upgrades during the intervening years. The replacement railway was manufactured by Garaventa AG, Switzerland, a world leader in the manufacture of cableways, cable cars and funicular railways.

pitt&sherry were engaged to undertake design verification in accordance with New South Wales Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. pitt&sherry undertook verification of the mechanical, electrical and structural adequacy of the following element, with respect to appropriate standards:

  • Tracks and footings
  • Rope loadings
  • Line sheaves
  • Deflection sheaves
  • Dual rope sheave support structure
  • Operational safety requirements
  • Electrical safety requirements
  • Operators controls
  • Winch drum
  • Brakes
  • 4 car passenger train

In addition to certifying the railway system, pitt&sherry also had to verify elements of the civil and infrastructure works including the top and bottom stations, as well as the track footings.

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