The railway has now agreed access to the work site with local landowners and building contractors are due to be on site from 6 February 2012. The work is expected to take probably 4-5 month but it does mean that the railway will hopefully be reconnected by August 2012. Great news indeed!
However, the money we have will only pay for the embankment works and we are still short of over £100,000 to pay for the huge costs incurred of relaying track and signals.
We need every assistance from our supporters to reconnect the railway and we are calling on all modellers to help us. Already the support we have received from supporters has been amazing and we just need one final push to finish the job. We would like to thank the organisers of the BOGG show hugely for giving us space to explain the situation to people and to raise funds. It is very much appreciated.
When this mammoth civil engineering project is complete, we will be in a position to push on towards Broadway station and, ultimately to our mainline connection at Honeybourne.
Please help by donating at the exhibition on the GWSR stall and come and meet our President Pete Waterman and members of the 2807 2-8-0 group.
Thank you for your wonderful support and assistance.
Although land access negotiations are progressing they still have not reached a conclusion. Unfortunately this means that there can be little progress on the ground at Chicken Curve. However clearance of the embankments is now complete and jetting and repair of the drains on our land (Malvern side of the line, Winchcombe side of the B4632 bridge) has also been carried out.
On a more positive note the tests on the trial soil nails were carried out on 16th November and the results proved very promising. The nails performed well above expectations and this data has allowed our repair designers to reduce both the number and length of the nails in the main repair. This will bring significant cost savings and fully justifies the trial nails. The tests involve attempting to withdraw the trial nails using a hydraulic rig with accurate tension gauge and movement sensor (see photo).
The design for the repair has been completed and is out to tender with contractors. As soon as the land negotiations are completed we will be in a position to finalise the design and tenders and hopefully to award a contract to begin work, funds permitting.
As you can see it really is now only the land access agreements that are holding up procedings. As soon as we have these we can obtain final costs and issue an update as to where the appeal stands relative to the repair.
article by: Neil Carr
posted on: 25 November 2011
updated on: 25 November 2011