Thursday, 3 December 2015
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
|Jamie explains and Peter is operating (calm before the storm)|
This month we are also running a training day for members who want to 'move up the ranks and learn the ropes for the signal box and Cowley bridge.
|Bill.T being put to the test on C.B by Allan|
In other news, it feels hard to believe that this is our third month of being open! In memory of the big day, here are some pictures from the re-opening (we didn't actually post any when we reopened so these could be the first you've seen).
|Allan and Bill pose with Cowley bridge and the VIPs|
|The grand reopening|
|The traditional pose on the trolley, but who's missing? Yes, our site manager is camera shy....|
Thursday, 29 October 2015
More updates as soon as we get them.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
|Cowley Bridge signal box|
Don't forget the signal box is open this Sunday with usual activities going on. We would also like to announce the exciting news that as of next year, we will be opening twice a month!!!!
|Members trip to St Albans SB|
|Members 'party' at christmas|
|End of a work day|
|Dave being very dedicated|
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Monday, 28 September 2015
"A selection of sights to be seen at the signal box"
Monday, 14 September 2015
We'd like to thank everyone who came and who donated generously. The buffer stop café was a great success and we actually sold out of cake on the second day (you greedy lot).
To those who didn't come, you missed out on a great weekend and the chance to get in for free.
Next open day will be the first Sunday in October (Sunday 4th) with a £2.50 entrance charge (£3 if you'd like to gift aid it) children are free.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
£3 grift aid for adults
Free for Members and children under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult)
You will not be able to park at the site of the signal box, go to our website's visit page to see where's best to park and for public transport info.
Friday, 21 August 2015
The first job I did today was to fix in place the fencing I had started on Friday. I then went on to add a piece of chain by the distant signal to complete this section of fence and to allow access onto the track for S&T and other workers. Further down the site I also altered another section of chain because the supports were not very sturdy. All that is left now is for the fencing to be painted white for a better appearance
In the mean time, Dick was getting on with some turfing to complete the area by the fence and around the ground frame.This turf had to be purchased (unlike the free turf we got fro the old school site) but it is the best looking grass we have on site. Dick then went on to move some older turf to round by the sheds and then added some turf by the new building. (I've made this sound like a 10 minuet job, but he actually spent all day on it, but it really makes the site look good, Well done)
After Lunch, I decided to stay out of the mid day sun (well that's my excuse) and used this time to reinstate the Oxted display. This is an old signal box diagram and some bells which have been linked to a computerised simulator and it just runs a couple of simple train movements every 5 minuets. It adds an atmosphere to the pavilion and also makes the diagram look more interesting.
After this I went on to add some fencing around the ground frame to stop people wondering into the area where the signals are moving. This has been done with a combination of chain and ridged fencing. It sounds like we are putting up a lot of barriers with all this fencing going on, but its a safety requirement we sadly have to fulfill. (I also turned the levers around so they are now facing the right way and the ground frame is ready to be connected)
Last night, Gavin and I were over the signal box (we should have a revolving door put in) and constructed a very sturdy stand for the searchlight signal to sit on. This will allow people to view the operation of the signal in the Cowley bridge building and also not end up underneath the very heavy signal. (In all the excitement, I forgot to get any photos)
Also, our hot off the press leaflets were delivered today and they really make the signal box look great!! Look out for them in a tourist information center near you!!
All in all a good day!!
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Dave spent his day doing a temporary fix for the flooring of the pavilion veranda which had rotted because of water running down the slope.
The alarm has also been serviced today and is now functioning properly (not that it wasn't already).
Thursday, 13 August 2015
The other work on site is a bit boring in comparison to the above news. Work on the ground frame is in its final stages, the mounting for the GWR signal has been attached to the post and the pulley and crank have been position to connect this up.
A 'Voice off' device has been installed on the site to verbally warn any intruders on the site that they are being filmed and that they should vacate the premises.
Dave has also spent much time working on the floor in the kitchen to make it more hygienic and appealing. He has also spent many hours filling out the required forms for the catering that we plan to run when we reopen.
Things are coming together and its only 3 weeks until we reopen!!!
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
|Ground frame base and GWR aspect plate|
|Spacer and washer on pivot|
|Spacer on pivot|
A few various other jobs were completed today, I started work on various other parts for the GWR signal that will be connected to the ground frame and found one of the two key missing pieces, just one more to go. I also sorted out some other bits and pieces that will be needed to reconnect the ground frame.
Its all coming together!