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Reading the last issue of Moors Line - the quarterly magazine of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - mention is made of the project to re-create the all over roof on Pickering Station during the period December 2010 - March 2011. Passing the station, in early December of last year, work had begun on erecting the steelwork for this new roof, with the bowstring girder and one of the roof trusses in place. I believe further work on this roof was delayed, throughout December, by the very cold weather.

 

Passing the station, this morning, this steelwork has now disappeared. Does anyone know if this project is still scheduled to go ahead during this winter or has the project been deferred?

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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When I visited on January 1st there was one roof truss erected (at the end nearest the head shunt). Talking to a friend who worked on the reilway there it seemed there was a problem with the paint finish so presumably the erected truss has been taken down so it and the other trusses can be re painted.

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I just wonder who or how they are going to clean the inside of it? The roof at Bo'ness is quite grubby due to steam trains parking inside it. Fortunately the stopping point is outside for the Moors, so should get less mucky.

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I believe that it has come back down to rectify an issue with the paintwork not meeting the right 'spec', it was as I understand railed to Newbridge put on a lorry and carted off to a local industrial unit - the job being easier to do there, than in-situ, considering how little had actually been installed.

 

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The gossip factory has it that the roof bits should have either a)have started being re-erected or B) will start being erected by the end of the week just gone or certainly by the start of next week. Bearing in mind that the erection of those trusses represented only an hour or twos work, it shouldn't take long for things to start looking roof shaped.

 

And I doubt anyone will be bothering to clean the inside of the roof.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Passing Pickering Station, yesterday, Wednesday January 26th, work has re-started on the erection of the steelwork for the new station roof. As the site is under Health and Safety restrictions, it wasn't possible to get very close to photograph very much, so the photos below are not the best but they do show the progress made and the chosen method of transporting the roof trusses into the station ready for lifting.

 

During the delay to work on the roof trusses the platform canopies, put up by BR in 1951 when the original roof was taken off, have now been dismantled and completely removed.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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Is that a specialiast preserved wagon doing the job it was supposed to do? Or have they bodged together an angled support frame on top of an ordinary well wagon?

 

I reckon it's a rather clever bodge. That load looks out of gauge anyway; I doubt it's a specialist wagon as it seems unlikely to me that it would have been allowed on the national network with the load overhanging the side like that.

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I reckon it's a rather clever bodge. That load looks out of gauge anyway; I doubt it's a specialist wagon as it seems unlikely to me that it would have been allowed on the national network with the load overhanging the side like that.

Though not in a normal train common carried did see a lot of overhanging loads like that being specially routed around the network.

 

This is certainly a quick bit of welding to get the part to site in a useful fashion though!

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The framework was added by the NYMR to that weltrol. It is out of gauge, apparently the larger items have to loaded fairly exactly as are only so many inches clearance on certain lineside structures when the trusses are brought in by rail from the loading point about 3/4 mile away.

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A couple more photos of the progress on the new roof at Pickering Station. The first photo was taken late on Friday afternoon - Feb 4th; the second this morning Feb 7th. I don't know to what extent the high winds of the last few days have delayed or hampered the work but work on the roof now seems to be progressing with around two thirds of the trusses in place.

 

Interesting how much steelwork there is apart from the trusses themselves, as evidenced by the second photo below.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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It's fascinating watching stuff like that, reminds me of the photos of Rillington before the roof was totally removed.

 

And it never ceases to amaze me what the preservation movement, across the many lines now preserved, is actually capable of doing.

 

It will be sixty years since Pickering Station looked like this with its G.T. Andrews roof; wonderful, just wonderful.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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A few more pictures of the work at Pickering, on the new station roof. These photos were taken late Friday afternoon, February 11th, on a very dark and wet afternoon so the light on the photos isn't the best.

 

As can be seen, all of the major steelwork is now in place, including the second of the bowstring girders. Work is also well advanced on the 'infill' steelwork which, I believe, will support the wooden lining of the roof.

 

Once again the NYMR has used one of its own wagons for a job for which it could have been designed.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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Thanks for posting those pics Mike. The station looks (as Boris said) like Rillington did just before it closed. But Filey looked like that for many years before it's roof was repaired in the mid 90's. Does anyone know if the contractor is the same firm who replaced the roof at Scarborough a few years back? - The design is similar being also a G.T. Andrews station.

 

When it is done it should look like my avatar. Gallows Close was based on Pickering station.

 

Cheers,

Chris.

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Thanks for posting those pics Mike. The station looks (as Boris said) like Rillington did just before it closed. But Filey looked like that for many years before it's roof was repaired in the mid 90's. Does anyone know if the contractor is the same firm who replaced the roof at Scarborough a few years back? - The design is similar being also a G.T. Andrews station.

 

When it is done it should look like my avatar. Gallows Close was based on Pickering station.

 

Cheers,

Chris.

 

Chris,

 

Next time I'm passing Pickering - and I pass it at least once a week - I'll have a look at who the steelwork contractor is. I believe it's a company based in Hull.

 

Apparently work on this continues until 7.00 pm most evenings using floodlights which are placed on the platforms. I don't know how the work is progressing against the original schedule - bad weather and some problems have certainly delayed the work - but I'm told that the work is rapidly closing on that original schedule and that the roof should be completed by end of March, when the railway re-opens.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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That's not any old PW wagon, that's one of the demo freight wagons painted by yours truly!!!

 

And a cracking job you did on it.

 

Nipped into Pickering Station, yesterday afternoon - February 23rd. It was a filthy day so the photos are not the best - quite dark, even at 3.45 pm; see the station lights shining brightly. There's not a lot more to see on the roof itself, but an enormous amount of staging has been and is being erected. I guess with the profusion of steelwork, up there, it's no longer possible to use the cherry pickers which were used to erect the main steelwork, so further work will have to use scaffolding and staging. Roughly half of the area of the roof now has staging erected.

 

Such is the attention to authenticity on this new roof, that I was told that the screws which will fix the wooden lining to the steelwork, are mandated to be round headed, slotted screws, as per the G.T. Andrews originals. Moreover it has been deemed that each of the 30,000 screws to be used will have their slots facing precisely the same way, when fitted. This will be an absolute replica of the original; all power to the NYMR!

 

And, just for Boris (perhaps a few others) two more of the NYMR's wagon fleet in service to transport materials into the station.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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Is the railway running this week? With it being half term.

 

I believe it is, though whether from Pickering, I don't know. I saw, somewhere, that the J72 would be working on part of the line. Certainly the Pickering Station shop and refreshment room were open, yesterday.

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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