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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Three views of the works on the up platform. There was a real risk of slipping of the ground below the up platform, particularly as there are water courses beneath. This area hadn't been touched since 1966 and was beyond our volunteer resources, so a local firm was brought in. Volunteers have now taken over the final parts of the work. This will not only secure the whole area but will make resurfacing of the up platform a doddle!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Most of the activity at the station yesterday was on the up platform. The platform edging is making progress as is the brickwork in front of the greenhouse. Also in picture one Dave Coppard is busy on his pet project, the up platform shelter. Just beyond you can see the work being done at the Bath end, which I hope to feature tomorrow. This whole area of the station will be transformed over the next year or so, setting off the signalbox splendidly!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Back in 2005, all fresh and new!
Lifting this week.
Upended tipper truck.
I was building a 7 1/4" gauge line in my garden at Horningsham which I'd hoped to open once a year to raise funds for the S&D, but my circumstances changed and it was not to be! This week I had to lift it and transport it to Bristol. Hopefully it will reappear somewhere at some time in the future! I plan to lay a few panels here to help move stuff around the (much smaller!) garden.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Although often ridiculed for my assertion that Sustrans' cycle routes may well be converted to railways in the future as Peak Oil hits harder and harder, even I was amazed that this process seems to already be happening, and very close to the route once used by S&D trains!
The council in Bristol wants to place a bus lane (or even one of those hilarious tram-apeing Busway jokes) alongside 3km of the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. Cyclists and walkers are (understandably!) up in arms about this. As should council tax payers, as this nonsense will cost a staggering £49 million!!
To me this is clearly a stop gap, and a warning shot to Sustrans. Expect this to be the first of many reversions!
Meanwhile further east the same cycleway happily shares its route with the quieter, less polluting, busier and more aestetic trains (above) of the Avon Valley Railway!
A few years ago the idiots in Bristol Council cravenly scrapped the Bristol Supertram project, which would be a clear winner and sustainable even post Peak Oil. It shows that they've completely lost touch with reality.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Signatures on the petition have now reached 482! It would be nice to reach 500 before the closing date (16 April 2008). I suspect most readers of this blog have already done their duty, but if not (and you agree with the proposal!) please sign here.
Looking along the up platform line. Bricks for platform edging in place,
Bob's nameboard seems to have made a reappearance.
The services trench along the up platform has been filled in.
Virginal looking platform and protective fence in place - this should look excellent in a few week's time.