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GWSR Broadway Developments

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Breva, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Greenway

    Greenway Part of the furniture

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    The engineering bricks are a good feature and do at least have a more heritage appearance. Another feature - which I presume has been dealt with since the photograph was taken - is the apparent buffing of wagons against the brick wall!
     
  2. Breva

    Breva Well-Known Member

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    The engineering bricks are not part of the new structure, they were put there in the 1980s.
     
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    What's wrong with them? They look similar to a certain GWR design but I guess they don't look like the ones on the rest of the line so I presume that is why some people seem to dislike them.
     
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    They can be painted, I've seen plenty of photos on GWSR blogs of you wielding a brush and very skilfully too!
     
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    I wish my home was as well built and good-looking!:)
     
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    The construction quality seems fine but it's such a pity that the chance for a structure to complement the fine Monmouth building has been missed. It's good to see that the Usketeers will be putting up something authentic on the other side of the tracks.
     
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    No longer with us? Near applications of baseball bats?

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    Robin Moira White Nat Pres stalwart

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    The big ‘C’.
     
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    They don't improve with age.
     
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    Robin Moira White Nat Pres stalwart

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    I had a passing familiarity with fuel-air demolition munitions in my youth...

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    Unlike you and I!
     
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    Usketeers hard at it again this morning
     
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    David likes trains Well-Known Member

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    I agree on the aesthetic qualities of those handrails - however are they something which are mandated by modern accessibility requirements?
     
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    A handrail may or may not be a legal requirement, but the choice of material! We are supposed to be a museum to show what it was like. The Victorians had handrails, but not like these.
     
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    As a regular volunteer I am working on a railway not a museum that seeks to replicate every GWR rivet.
     
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    There is certainly that aspect to it and in some cases I agree with you, but certainly in a good number of cases it would have been just as easy to do it right as it would to do it "wrong".
     
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    You should acquaint yourself with the statutes of the GWR Trust, of which you are a member. It has a sole objective: 'To create and maintain a railway museum for the benefit of the public'.

    Indeed, we hand a 'Your day out' brochure to every passenger in which we say: 'we are not just a railway but a living museum'.
     
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    In an attempt to hi-jack this thread back on to Broadway Station Rebuild. here is a link to the latest blog update from the Friends of Broadway Station:
    http://broadwaystationgroup.blogspot.com/2018/09/autumn-round-corner.html

    My personal opinion of course but I remember so many times being told by my bosses that "attention to detail" is important and it is noticed, not just by "enthusiasts". I think the Broadway project (despite its well-documented difficulties at times) has shown this (refreshment room white plastic sockets aside - soon fixable) attention to detail and, at the risk of repeating myself, has set a benchmark which other stations on the line should and are, working towards. Hence the apparent shock and horror regarding handrails at Winchcombe.
     
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    Big Al Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, I read that in the brochure and was very impressed with its overall content and quality - 12 pages, no less. It did strike me that another version - maybe only four sides - might be a better alternative offering for returning folk as I could see quite a lot of money going into waste bins at the end of the day.

    As for the 'living museum' point I read that as meaning the railway itself and general ambience rather than whether a fence had been sourced from B&Q. I have to say that I'm glad 'authenticity' didn't extend to the toilet facilities. ;)
     
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    Or to the authentic lead piping bringing the main water supply in, or distributing it about the building.

    j
     
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