#OnThisDay

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In 1931 GWR brought a new 113 lever frame into use at Buildwas signal box in connection with the opening of Ironbridge power station.

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in 1969 GWR 1116 Full Third arrived on the SVR, one of four vehicles from the Swindon test train purchased around that time.

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in 1972 LMS 12992 Corridor Third arrived on the SVR from Plymouth.

 

On the bench

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The Wailing Wall Saturday session saw four of the team on site. In the tent, the latest refurbished bench had the finishing touches added to it, it will be placed back in service at the north end of Plat 2 on Tuesday, provided there is sufficient manpower to man the dollies.

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In the hut, all of the bench frames have now had at least one coat of Buildings Chocolate Brown or County Cream applied as appropriate. A second coat of County Cream will be required, before the edges are cut in with the brown.


The damaged station lamp was removed from its bracket on the front of the main station entrance ready for repair.

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Tumbled towers

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The former power station at Ironbridge has seen its cooling towers demolished today in a series of controlled explosions. Hundreds gathered to see the four towers be blown up at 11:00 GMT. When it opened in 1969, the power station was one of the largest of its kind in the UK, producing enough electricity for the equivalent of about 750,000 homes.
It stopped producing in 2015.

In slow motion

The cooling towers will come crashing down in a few minutes, but it took six years to get it up and running, after construction started in 1963.
Parliamentary approval for the coal-fired power station had been granted the previous year and it was designed to be hidden from sight, as far as possible, within the Ironbridge Gorge.

An older power station, which opened in 1932, already existed on the site and it was eventually decommissioned in the 1980s.
The newer power station, which converted to burning woodchips in 2012, stopped producing electricity in November 2015 and was sold by Uniper to Harworth Group in June 2018.

The cooling towers are the most visible part of Ironbridge power station, but they were just part of the overall site. The building with the tall chimney was the turbine hall and Harworth Group said the site also included a social club with sports pitches, timber pavilion and golf course, previously excavated pits, and waste tips containing ash from the power station. The company said the demolition work was expected to continue into 2021 and the removal of the fuel ash won’t start until March and will take two years to complete.

 

On the level

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On our Tuesday #WailingWall session, Trevor our latest recruit was given a whistle stop tour of the Loco Dept. followed by helping Chris on a small woodworking job in connection with the Christmas lights. Tim tackled the three recently Nitromors treated bench supports, which were cleaned down and then coated in Red Oxide primer, they were then returned to the tent to await undercoating at the weekend. Robin, Peter, Steve and Pete were engaged on cutting and fitting the non-slip plywood onto the four new sleepers on the main running side of the level crossing. After lunch, a start was made in shaping the next sleeper to be placed in the six foot section of the crossing.

Brickie needed…

A cheerful Wailing Wall team of Chalkie, Alan, Tim, Pete, and new recruit Malcolm setting the base plate of the parking ticket machine at the correct depth on a slab of fresh concrete. Most of the brick paving along the front of the store hut was reinstated after the power trunking was laid into position.
WWCC need a brickie! If you or a friend are a retired brickie fancying a new hobby [we meet Tue & Sat] in great humoured company… please get in touch?