Services room

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The services room, created by combining the former disabled access toilet and the adjacent staff shower, is being fitted out by our skilled volunteers in the IT/Telecoms Dept.

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The transfer of power supply on Wednesday went smoothly in a Western Power outage carefully planned and managed by the electrical contractor and our own stationmaster who happens to be a chartered engineer. The loss of power, originally intended to be from 10am to 2pm, in fact was started at 6am and completed within 2.5 hours, thus totally avoiding any disruption to our commercial service on the day. A great job!

 

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First fix

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Pictures taken carefully show how the electrical and comms supplies are being installed, and hint at plastering being planned.

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And there’s a hint of the internal architecture

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Pictures outside

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It’s easier to show than describe, so here are the pictures to speak a thousand words.

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Views from the town footbridge.

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Views from the car park side of the current bar, showing the toilet areas.

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Views towards the service yard.

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The passageway between the main building and the new build.

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Looking south along the platform.

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Looking toward the south aspect, with the door onto the terrace.

 

 

 

Unwrapping

In recent days we’ve been getting a better impression of how the south end of our station will look when the new build is complete.

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The scaffolding removal from most of the structure has unwrapped the view and better shown the handsome brickwork and design features previously hidden.

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The floor has been screeded following the laying of underfloor heating.

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First fix of mechanical and electrical works is underway.

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The new services room created by combining the former disabled toilet and adjacent volunteers shower, our IT/Telecom volunteer team have commenced the installation of a large amount of impressive hardware.

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On Wednesday Western Power Distribution will be transferring us on to the new power supply, through the cables laid by the contractor, and terminating the existing inadequate supply. For a few hours early in the morning we will be without power while this is carried out, but effort is being made to minimise the disruption by close liaison between our stationmaster (handily qualified in HV power) and the contractors.

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It has been nice to hear admiring comments from visitors and passengers alike as the oh-so long awaited new facility is getting nearer to handover.

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Inevitably our much loved station has been swathed in builders supplies and waste, and we’ve had to coax our existing facilities into keeping going for just a few weeks and months more, patching up and making do as best we can.