Thursday 3 July 2014

W is for Wishaw, not Wimbledon!

Roger Johnson kindly sent me this report from his Wednesday trip to Wishaw.

An intrepid  team comprising Keith Gurr ; Ray Hughes ; and Roger J yesterday resumed work on  the dismantled  footbridge  .

Ray has been following the blog for some time and is the newest recruit to join our common  cause . Interestingly Ray has a significant Honeybourne line connection in that he was a fireman based at Stratford Shed for over ten years prior  to the end of steam , and has fond memories of working freights on the Cheltenham and other now long closed lines in the Warwickshire/Gloucester area  .[ Jo  is on the case ] 

Key activities included  the cleaning up of the material removed from the roof of the main span last month .De-nailed timber and cabling that could be salvaged were stored in the dedicated steel container. Trunking ; lights ; and fixings were put in the scrap pile .Sounds simple but a round trip from the main span to the container is some  500 yards. 

Early afternoon the GWR's civil engineering consultant visited the site  in order to make further assessments on the areas of steel work requiring strengthening or flanged sections cutting out .

After lunch paint chipping commenced  concentrating upon  the areas of the worst rust in the main span , in advance of the removal of the timber flooring and protective non slip sheeting  .

Late in the day a problem was identified of trying to remove rusted 5/8inch nuts on the bolts   that are holding down the  timbers steps in the redundant step sections .Certain BAG members will have to have training in the use of oxyacetylene equipment in order to remove these nuts as the use of mini angle grinders unlikely to be pragmatic in terms of space available plus  cost effectiveness . Unless there is a Blog follower who is familiar with the safe use of such equipment and could assist ?  ''



1 comment:

Dave said...

Roger, in my early days as a practising engineer in the automotive business I remember we used something called a nut splitter to remove problem nuts. It was a device with jaws(a bit like a bolt-cutter) which clamped across the nut and closed with a screw or hydraulic actuator. Commercial vehicle (or railway) workshops may have these, or they might be hired?