The Railway signal cabin at Ipswich Central station had long been a notable part of the scenery in the centre of town. Visible to hordes of students as they traversed Bottle Alley on their way to and from school and pedestrians travelling on Ellenborough Street, it was the stand out feature of the rail yards behind the centre of town. The building was constructed from 1881 to 1895 and was fairly unique being built higher than usual to allow vision over the Ellenborough street overpass. Unfortunately after over 100 years standing proud, a lack of pest control led to structural compromise and there were fears the building would one day fall onto the tracks it stood beside.
The Signal Cabin had been added to the Queensland Heritage Register in May of 2005 and it was decided that it should be removed and sent to the QLD Railway Workshops Museum so it could be preserved into the future. This was no mean feat, before Ipswich House Removals could begin works, the McKenzie and Holland mechanical interlocking signal frame had to be carefully numbered and dismantled so that it could be eventually reconstructed to its original state. After this process has been completed, work began preparing the building for separation. Rather than our usual process or separation, this building had to be separated into each storey, which were to be craned off one at a time onto the removal trailers. This involved the manufacture of custom brackets which were attached to the main upright timber internal support posts so that they could each be cut and jacked apart before being rigged up to the crane.
It was a tedious process with great care being required to maintain the heritage building in good form. After initial preparation works an army of men and women were required on the day of the move to allow this job to occur, including a large number of personnel from QR, a team of scaffolders, riggers and crane operators and our own team. Being directly adjacent to the active Ipswich/Rosewood lines meant temporary track closure was required on the day so timing was impeccable. The day was long and arduous with the final piece being craned on at 8:00pm after a 6:00am start to the day but thanks to the effort and teamwork of those involved the job went off without a hitch.
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