September to November 2020
A while ago I asked members to update us on their activities during the lockdown and subsequent restrictions and I can tell you that they have not been idle and have used the 'home' time effectively to push a number of projects forward. I hope that the photos from our members below will encourage all of us to keep going. We look forward to seeing the fruits of all members projects next year. Meanwhile for your delight are photos of a number of the ongoing projects, enjoy.
This year has been really challenging for all of us with the railway closed and no trains running since early March.
Despite these challenges we had a window of opportunity in August to make some necessary maintenance on Bridge #1 close to the signalbox. The team stripped old paint and removed some scale, repaired one outrigger, primed, top coated and rebuilt the bridge in good time whilst maintaining social distancing. The weather on two occasions was very wet with continuous rain but a temporary cover was erected so that work could continue, which it did. Finally, the bridge supports and track support beams together with the track were re installed and a test run completed across the bridge with the team smiling at another job well done. Excellent team work again from the Wednesday gang. I think the photos show how good it looks and is a credit to the team.
The 'Fourth' Bridge has progressed well despite the washout which was February ! Painting is almost completed and the track relaid and just needs final alignment and new fishplates welded in position to complete the task. Im sure you will all agree it is a job well done and a credit to the team who worked for many weeks on this essential bridge maintenance. Well done chaps.
The very wet February resulted in flooding across the region. On 9th February the river level peaked as can be seen below. Luckily the clearing up was mostly removal of branches, twigs & debris which was soon cleared by the Wednesday team.
The 'Fourth' Bridge is progressing well with the first coats of paint applied. Its looking great team, well done.
The New Year started with major maintenance work on the 'Fourth' Bridge, pun intended as it is the 4th bridge on our railway !A team started by removing the track over the bridge in order to assess how much rubbing down was required. It was soon evident that the main girder which supports the track was sound apart from surface rust so the rubbing down began.
However, the parapet supports required a lot of work so it was decided to replace them all with new steel which was ordered and duly delivered.The bridge is now taking shape again with new steel and the first coat of undercoat paint has been applied to the beam and we hope for dry weather so that the painting can continue and the remaining parapet replaced and welded to the supports and the track refitted.The team are doing a great job and the inspection routine which we have in place has proven to be effective in recognising that remedial work was necessary.
For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012