Silvan Reservoir Pictorial Heritage - 1880 to 2011

Aerial Cableway

About this Research Project
Timeline 1880-2010
Historical Background from 1917
Construction 1926-1932
Aerial Ropeway
Aerial Cableway
Steam Tramway
Development after 1932
Modern Era
The abandoned Second Reservoir
Silvan Forest
Reservoir Park
Stonyford Forest Nature Trail
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Aerial cableway and masts

The cableway masts were made by Messrs John M. Henderson and Co of Aberdeen, but subsequent structural problems necessitated alterations undertaken by Perry Engineering Co, South Australia who supplied a new load carriage, fall - rope carriers and a traversing drum. The masts were located 4 metres upstream of the core wall centre line, and the masts were 'buffed' so that the cable was aligned over the centre of the wall. The masts were constructed of latticed steel, 40 m high, and carried on a ball and socket to permit luffing while handling large form - units. According to Kelso, however, they were never put to this use. The cable traversed the corewall at 300 m per minute with a hoisting speed of 100 m per minute, driven by a 150 horsepower motor.

Dam wall construction 1927

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