Jim Hitchen and a BAG team were at Wishaw today carrying out further work on the Broadway Footbridge. Here is Jim's report. I can support a follower's comments that it really is going the extra mile to have a hard day's work, after a long commute(130 miles RT), and then go home and right a report.
We had another small but very hardworking team in action again today. We got off to a rather slow start due in part to a lorry catching fire and parking itself under the motorway bridge.
|The lorry on fire
Plumes of black smoke and the sound of bursting tyres were clearly visible and we just had to investigate. The main access road was still closed when we left although the M6 Toll road had been re-opened by then.
Once back in the yard we concentrated on chipping away the old paintwork and the large chunks of rust. The heavy investment in chipping hammers paid off as these were ideal for the job. But nevertheless this was a very tedious and an extremely slow process. Later on Roger powered up the grinder with a wire brush attachment and rounded off the already chipped areas. I think we will need another two sessions or a lot more chippers to complete the work on the two towers.
Having now gained access to a storage container, Keith and I spent some time in transporting the walkway timber, recovered from the spare span, some 100 yards to this container. Whilst Keith joined Roger, Ian and Peter on the rust removal I marked up and then put in store, some of the timber previously taken from the two towers, which will be needed as templates when we come to re-assemble.
|After chipping, note the word Henley as no doubt painted on when the footbridge was built
Late in the day the local telehandler brought up the two mid platform step supports from the outer yard so we can attack these on our next visit. We were also pleased to see that the two step sections have now all but dried out following the sheeting up exercise undertaken on our previous visit.
Finally we had a very useful meeting with Jonathan Symonds, a consultant who we hope, will undertake some drawing and design work for us in a number of areas.
|The recovered timber now in store