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 ? ''