A smart booking

Some weeks ago the annual prep and repaint of our 162 year old booking hall got underway, with much sanding, plastering and undercoating.

The platform canopy valance also needed lots of fettling with glue and clamps to replace rotten teeth.

Now as we get nearer to reopening, it’s all looking very smart, and redecoration is nearly complete.

The lobby is looking much smarter – bright and welcoming.

The doors onto platform 1 have been repainted.

And the canopy valance had a complete repaint following the repairs.

Great work by our station and wailing wall teams who work together during closure combining skills and enthusiasm.

Shovelling and barrowing

infill on the London Transport jacks

15 cubic meters (two truck loads) of ready mixed concrete got delivered yesterday for the infill on the LT jacks, the new cast iron storage outside and infill at the north end of the pit on road 2 in the yard.

100 batches in this would have been very time consuming!

Preparation had been going on for some time by our WW seconded team who had measured, cut, fitted, and checked the relevant areas:

Then the weekly loco missive requested ‘Assistance with shovelling, spreading, barrowing, compacting etc will be needed please’. Some 20 turned out to shovel, spread, barrow and compact.

cast iron storage outside – concrete pad for brake blocks and fire bars – note the rail reuse with concrete sleepers for the retaining wall

new concrete steps and infill at the north end of the pit on road 2 in the yard

Pete resting after a LOT of concrete shovelling!

The Wailing Wall team involved have now returned to their normal work, with relief – after a job very well done.

Parking the rail

The Wailing Wall Construction Company has tackled many jobs in its time, big and small. One of the more strenuous tasks is digging holes, and this was needed last month in preparation for the new ANPR parking control system that goes live after tomorrow.

The signs have to be mounted at very precise points and heights – all laid down in the planning consent (needed because of us being in the conservation area). Reusing rail lengths makes for very sturdy and appropriate posts. In this case they were cut by the PWay team to 3 yards apiece, and we needed five of them, weighing in at about 270lbs each.

To meet the specification, holes had to be dug 2ft6in deep, to support the height of the signs, and in the positions where there was no existing structure to fix to.

post in hole, concrete ready
next post on rollers
once more with feeling…
final post concreted in place

Availability of the rail meant we had no time to paint it before installing, which would have been much easier. Fortunately the weather was kind and the black gloss was quickly applied.

Andy painting the sign 3 post
sign 5 on a painted post
sign 1 with payment machine against cleaning cupboard
signage and lower payment machine
sign 4 against the signal box

Book the coving

The annual repaint of the booking hall involves a lot of sandpaper and filler and paint. But way back in 2010-11 a much more significant rebuild was needed.

In the outer lobby the ceiling was stripped back for the timbers to be treated and the window frames were replaced. As Bridgnorth station is grade II listed, this required relevant permissions, and appropriate grades of timber and design.

Then in 2012 a reworking of the booking office space resulted in the L-shaped corridor to the back office, around a smaller self-contained ticket office for better security.

We take great care of our heritage architecture here, and the internal finishes have to be in keeping. So how do you fit coving to where it’s missing…? You make it yourself, taking the pattern from a retrieved piece to create a template. We were very fortunate at the time to have in our number a time-served builder and other willing trades. Colin and Robin were a fabulous double-act and greatly appreciated.

welcome back

The long closure for engineering works gives us space to get projects done that need an absence of passengers.

The Tuesday and Saturday Wailing Wall sessions have been busy and productive, welcoming new recruits and enjoying the home-baked rock cakes.

First job, taking down xmas decorations
and carriage numbers
and their gantries

Miles of fairy lights carefully unfastened, wound up, boxed and stacked in the events store. 8 carriage number signs and the gantries holding them, dismantled. Extension leads and fittings packed up. Hundreds of cable ties binned. All done very carefully and ‘working at height’ compliant.

Lamp posts

Our locally-commissioned lamp posts to an historically-authentic pattern. We prime and undercoat, and topcoat in county cream and purple brown, before installation

The lamp post project has been ongoing for many years. Grants from the SVRCT and SVRG to support our own funds enabled a further batch to be ordered, and the main driveway was illuminated just in time for the seasonal evening trains – a godsend for the wellbeing and safety of our passengers.

Digging holes in the east facing soil embankment was quick and easy for the five posts involved. Not so for these two destined for the boiler shop crossing area.

hole for lamp post
and concrete base
another hole
still digging
hard stuff, Chalkie’s concrete

They got there eventually!

a week later – look what we did! 🙂
new post in place
new post bedded in

A great job by all involved!

WWCC Tues 23 Jan

Another grey day, but at least we had another good turnout.  Today’s main effort, involved finally getting the three remaining footbridge handrails in place, this was successfully completed and the footbridge left open to visitors.

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The two Platform 2 extension markers were hammered into the ballast at the appropriate distance from the south end.  Elsewhere, we were made aware of a problem involving the DPM under the rear edge of the slates on the Plat 2 shelter, which was flapping in the breeze.  Approximately 12 feet of the material had to be repositioned under the edge of the slates, using ladders from the Loco Dept.

Finally, back in the shed. both footbridge lamp standards were rewired in the correct cable onto new lamp holders, the refurbished lampshades were given a coat of green paint on the outside, approximately the same colour as the original green enamel.

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WWCC Tue 16 Jan

Both the lamps were removed from the footbridge as part of the rewiring and refurbishment of this important item of infrastructure. They were then taken to the workshop, where a new temporary draw wire was pulled through the length of each fitting.  Attention was also given to seriously rusted sections, which were cleaned back to bare metal and coated in red oxide metal primer. The remainder of the fittings were washed down using white spirit ready for a light rub down prior to having new undercoat applied.

In the tent, the three remaining handrails had their previously applied dark undercoat sections coated in gloss black. We are intending, weather permitting to fit these on Saturday, after which a further top coat of black gloss will be applied when conditions are more conducive.

WWCC Sat 13 Jan

Another good turnout this weekend, our immediate attention was focussed on the new handrails for the footbridge. After slight modifications all three remaining handrails have now been trial fitted, and once the final top coat of black gloss has dried will be ready for final fixing.

The workshop is still in a state of flux as the final positioning of the rearranged facilities is still being organised. Some housekeeping was done outside around our compound and the skip area.  Inside, the floor was swept and the debris removed.  We have locally purchased a metal clad double switched socket, which will be hard wired in to replace an inadequate extension lead supplying the radiator.

IMG_6121Further paint treatments were applied to the Booking Office doors out on to the platform.