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 Post subject: A $13,000,000 restoration project
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:20 am 

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I can't recall this scheme being mentioned on here before (and the "search" function didn't come up with any matches).
The Great Central Railway here in the UK are currently engaged in a project to rejoin the two main preserved sections of the former GC main line (closed late 1960's/early 70's) which includes a brand new bridge over the 4-track midland main line at Loughborough.
After a slow start, the bridge construction phase is well under way, as shown in the link below. The new abutments are completed and the 1000 Tonne crane is now being assembled to lift the new bridge (which has been fabricated off-site)onto those abutments in the coming weeks.

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify/index.php

Still a lot of work over several years (and a lot more money) before the whole scheme is complete, but a significant milestone in the preservation scene here.

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 Post subject: Re: A $13,000,000 restoration project
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:12 pm 

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Love this update!

In US terms, this project is tantamount to rebuilding missing link of the old PRR main. The fact that it joins two heritage railroads is even more astounding.

I have to hand it to England this year, the hits keep coming. Earlier this year, regular service was reinstated on the Swanage Branch. That's an incredible story:

Late 1960's: entire branch torn up

1970's-90's: Heritage railway volunteers restore entire branch for steam and diesel tourist trains

2000's: Connection to national network restored, special through trains from London run a few times a year.

2017: Regular service begins to the mainline junction, where passengers can change trains for London - just like they did pre-abandonment.


Add on the increase of service on the North Yorkshire Moors and other lines, and you have a movement that not only is restoring old trains, but serving the public. Incredible!

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 Post subject: Re: A $13,000,000 restoration project
PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:17 am 

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As a footnote to the original posting, this press release was issued in the last few days...
http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/2017/08/brid ... s-release/
Note the cost of the bridge element of the project being around £2.5 Million - around US$3.2 Million at current exchange rates.
The two main bridge girders were duly installed in the early hours of this morning (3rd Sept) and photos of this work can be found by clicking on the link in my original post.

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 Post subject: Re: A $13,000,000 restoration project
PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:16 am 

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Thank you for your posting, Robert John. The vision and "guts" required to take on a project like this is is formidable. I wish nothing but success to the venture.

Once again, UK preservationists are leading the way.


Sincerely,
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