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« on: May 28, 2020, 05:43:07 am »

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Network Rail is investing £25M as part of a major upgrade of the iconic Barmouth Viaduct in Wales.

Work on the Grade II* listed structure will include replacing a large number of the timber and metal elements, as well as replacing the entire 820m length of track.

“Barmouth Viaduct is one of the most celebrated and recognisable structures in Wales and is the only major timber-built bridge still in use,” said Network Rail route director for Wales and Borders Bill Kelly.

“We are investing £25M to give Barmouth Viaduct the biggest upgrade in its history, protecting our industrial heritage and ensuring this vital transport link can continue to serve local people and visitors, when the time comes, for generations to come.”

At over 150 years old, many of the viaduct’s timber elements have decayed and a large proportion of the metal elements have corroded. The upgrade programme will involve replacing components on a “like for like” basis in order to protect the structure and retain its appearance.

“The Barmouth Viaduct is an iconic part of Wales’ railway heritage and I am pleased that it is benefitting from a portion of the £2bn UK (United Kingdom) government investment in the Wales and Borders network to preserve and upgrade it,” said secretary of state for Wales Simon Hart. “The upgrades by Network Rail will secure the important link between Machynlleth and Pwllheli and protect a popular part of the Wales coastal route.”

Delighted to see continued investment in the Cambrian Coast line. Heavily engineered, major works are needed from time to time.  The bridge between Penrhyndeudraeth and Llandecwyn was rebuilt a couple of years back too.   I wonder if the swinging span will be able to swing after the "up"grade ... to the best of my knowledge it's not been swung for a couple of decades, but might still in theory be in working order.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2020, 07:06:31 am »

Does this end up like HMS Victory? Replace bits on a like for like basis and eventually you no longer have the original. I have no real problem with that.

I wonder NR» (Network Rail - home page) will do as the Victory used to do and sell some of the old replaced timber to put something into the refurbishment kitty.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2020, 07:17:14 am »

Does this end up like HMS Victory? Replace bits on a like for like basis and eventually you no longer have the original. I have no real problem with that.

I wonder NR» (Network Rail - home page) will do as the Victory used to do and sell some of the old replaced timber to put something into the refurbishment kitty.

Trigger's Broom .. and "heritage" v "preserved"  Grin

It's a working railway and bridge and needs to work for people who use it or want to use it.  At the same time, I would be concerned if it should be converted to a double deck bridge like the Brittania Bridge to Anglsey.  Not that my concern on its own should have much say.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2020, 06:54:34 pm »

From Network Rail - https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/first-stage-of-barmouth-viaducts-biggest-restoration-is-completed

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First stage of Barmouth Viaduct?s biggest restoration is complete

Network Rail has finished the first stage of a ?25m upgrade to Barmouth Viaduct to protect it for local people and visitors in the future

The viaduct, which is a vital transport link for North West Wales, had the first phase of its work extended by 48 hours to allow more work to be carried out while passenger numbers are lower because of the firebreak lockdown.

The entire restoration involves replacing more than 1,000 timber and metal elements of the viaduct, which are rotting or decaying, as well as the entire 820m length of track. Network Rail is doing this on a like for like basis to maintain the viaduct?s magnificent appearance.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 08:42:48 am »

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The 'Trigger's broom' of bridges is to undergo a £30m restoration in a bid to keep the 154-year-old structure safe.

In the classic Only Fools and Horses scene, Trigger proudly reveals he has used the same broom for 20 years, saying deadpan: "This old thing has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles!"

Much like Trigger's broom, there is little remaining of the original 1867 Barmouth Bridge in north-west Wales.

Now the Grade II listed rail and foot bridge will undergo another facelift.

Spanning 840m (2,750ft) across the Mawddach Estuary in Gwynedd, it is the largest wooden viaduct still in regular use anywhere on the UK (United Kingdom) rail system.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2021, 09:54:54 am »

Here is a working steam view from 1963:



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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2021, 11:08:50 am »

From the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page)

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The 'Trigger's broom' of bridges is to undergo a £30m restoration in a bid to keep the 154-year-old structure safe.

In the classic Only Fools and Horses scene, Trigger proudly reveals he has used the same broom for 20 years, saying deadpan: "This old thing has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles!"

Much like Trigger's broom, there is little remaining of the original 1867 Barmouth Bridge in north-west Wales.

Now the Grade II listed rail and foot bridge will undergo another facelift.

Spanning 840m (2,750ft) across the Mawddach Estuary in Gwynedd, it is the largest wooden viaduct still in regular use anywhere on the UK (United Kingdom) rail system.

Do the BBC read this forum?


Trigger's Broom .. and "heritage" v "preserved"  Grin


It may seem improbable that anything could, but think the concept dates back even further than 'Only Fools and Horses though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2021, 05:28:40 am »

Can any one recall the Barmouth bridge having an Open university type programme, which showed the inside of the bridge looking like a crunchie bar?
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2021, 08:27:18 am »

Meanwhile, mysterious railway tracks leading into the sea at Barmouth have been discovered by the superbly-named local roofer Dicky Sharp - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mysterious-railway-tracks-found-leading-25193560

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First to notice the mysterious tracks was local roofer Dicky Sharp stating he had found the “railway to Cantre'r Gwaelod" - the legendary ancient sunken kingdom of Cardigan Bay.

After posting his findings to his Facebook account, many people begun to question the purpose of the railway tracks.

Many locals believe that the tracks are actually from the 1930’s where tracks were laid down so sand and debris could be removed by cart.

Former Snowdonia National Park officer and local Historian Hugh Griffith Roberts debunks this theory, however.

Instead he said, the railway tracks pre-dated the sea wall by at least 40 years and were almost certainly laid in the late 19th Century for the town’s new sewage system.

Since Dicky’s discovery last weekend, a third section of rail track has become visible on the beach at low tide, along with a pair of wheels
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