Our signal box unwrapped

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More pics to follow, but doesn’t our signal box look smart freshly unwrapped from the scaffolding that gave access for our volunteers to work their magic!

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And just for fun, a pic from a bit longer ago…

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Our new toilets

are nearly ready…

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The general manager said on 30 November that SVR is very close to taking possession of the Refreshment Room and Toilet Building at Bridgnorth from Iris Construction who have been working through a small snagging list before they hand us the keys. And next week will see the removal from site of all contractors’ cabins and remaining materials.

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“Once we are able to freely access the building, the priority will be to open the toilets up to the public as soon as possible to replace the existing facilities. There will then follow a period of setting up the interior with items such as tables, chairs, curtains, fire irons and other essential items in order to make ready for public use. The kitchen staff will also require training on the new equipment and plant.”

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The intention is to fully open the Refreshment Room at half term reopening, but it is anticipated that there will be a “soft” opening before then in order to shakedown the equipment and ensure its smooth operation when launched.

 

Signal box

refurbishment is not something easily done when the box is sited where ours is, at the north end of a busy platform, where travellers like to crowd to view their loco up close, and where the upper floor needs scaffolding for safe working.

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It has taken a long time to organise but in the last few weeks our somewhat shabby signal box has been surrounded by all the metalwork needed to provide access close up, and our Wailing Wall team members have been doing a tremendous job.

The intensive refurbishment is now nearing completion, and the workmanship is of course excellent and impressive, comprising many many lengths of specially commissioned timber cladding, many tins of paint, completely rebuilt window frames, and even more paint.

Benches

are an important element in our station ‘street scene’ at Bridgnorth, and are well used by visitors taking in the air, and patrons of the pub.

A good turnout by our Wailing Wall team members enabled a complete rearrangement of our benches – ready for the opening of our new refreshment room.