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Midsomer Norton works

Postby Wenbridge » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:33 pm

Apologies for quality of photographs, but here are some quick progress shots of the re-birth of Midsomer Norton's S&D station.

The quality of what is being achieved against all sorts of odds is pretty stunning.

Temporary ground frame, all working.

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Completely new signal box, used original stone work left lying around after demolition I think - a fantastic piece of building work.

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OK, not S&T but it shows what it's all controlling. All relaid from scratch using heavy flat bottom equipment to match what was in situ before demolition. Superb alignment and level has been achieved, which is pretty impressive given the extreme weight and unwieldy nature of the hardware being used.

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A real joy to behold having watched the decline and dereliction setting in since first seeing the place in 1973.
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Re: Midsomer Norton works

Postby wagonman » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:00 am

It looks great Simon; thanks for posting. Presumably they won't be able to re-instate the Silver Street bridge though? And how far towards Chilcompton is it going to extend?
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Re: Midsomer Norton works

Postby Wenbridge » Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:55 pm

Richard

There is apparently talk of some clever lifting device, but I suspect it is a “bridge too far” . Not least because once you have crossed the road all you are looking forward to is lots of new housing, a long cutting, and enormous hole in the embankment (5 arches) and then what’s not left at Radstock.

The other direction is better and they are already laying a couple of hundred yards more track, there is about a mile before an infilled cutting leading to Chilcompton tunnel both bores of which are in use by a local shooting club!

The views from the line in this direction are really very good and the ferocity of the gradient is already apparent, even if they only consolidate what they have got it will still be a worthy achievement and memorial to the line.

Certainly puts Washford even further into the shade, notwithstanding the virtues of that place.

Simon

PS Any more news on that wagon book (sorry!)
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Re: Midsomer Norton works

Postby wagonman » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:14 pm

Wenbridge wrote:
PS Any more news on that wagon book (sorry!)


Hi Simon

It is proceeding slowly. Too slowly. Perhaps if I spent less time on here... ;)
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