Tiling has been applied in both the gents toilets and the kitchen. Installation of the extraction canopy in the kitchen is imminent. Toilet cubicle door frames and the gents urinal trough are fitted.
Most windows have been painted with the external door frames going in.
The “Bovey Tracey” building in the rear service yard has its corrugated cladding and is being fitted out internally now the floor screed is in place.
The terrace extension formwork is complete and the concrete… cast and once cured has allowed the start of laying the brick cladding to match in with the rest of the building.
Repaired speartop fence panels are ready for fitting.
A quantity of GWR chairs have been restored and reupholstered in shell moquette ready for the refreshment room and Arts and Crafts style tables are under construction to provide an authentic heritage feel. Patterns have been made for the production of cast iron table and bench ends based on a GWR design used at Stafford Road works.
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.
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!
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.
The scaffolding removal from most of the structure has unwrapped the view and better shown the handsome brickwork and design features previously hidden.
The floor has been screeded following the laying of underfloor heating.
First fix of mechanical and electrical works is underway.
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.
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.
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.
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.