Contractors dig in at Gotherington as appeal bears first fruits
article by: Ian Crowder
posted on: 24 October 2010
updated on: 02 January 2011
The main contracts have been placed for the repair of the
embankment collapse at Gotherington and work is under way.
The first stage of the work,
installation of new land drains feeding into the existing
GWR-built culverts, has been completed and drainage works at other
locations is now being tackled.
Meanwhile, a temporary access road has been built from Gretton
Road to the site. This is allowing heavy plant to reach the
site and the ash used by British Railways to repair previous faults
in the embankment, as well as the collapsed soil, to be
removed. The track on top of the embankment has been lifted,
ballast scraped off and the shear line of the split, more or less
along the length of the embankment, can be seen clearly in one of
the photographs accompanying this article.
Jonathan Symonds, of consulting engineers David Symonds
Associates, says that two aspects of the work are now
starting. "We have put in the first of around 800 soil nails
and this will stabilise parts of the embankment that have shown the
least movement. Meanwhile, the contractor charged with
rebuilding the worst affected collapse has removed the ash from the
worst affected part of the embankment, area 2, and will shortly be
starting the main work of removing the collapsed soil."
He added that as of 22nd October the work is running
about two days ahead of schedule. "That's in part, thanks to the
fine weather we have been enjoying!"
To remind yourself of the work involved,
click here to find out about soil nailing and the seven repair
Meanwhile, despite the difficult economic situation, momentum is
beginning to build in the emergency appeal. Malcolm Temple,
chairman of GWSR Plc, says he is pleased with the response so
far. "Progress was slow to start with but more people seem to
be responding, some very generously, and I'm deeply grateful to
everyone for their donations, even if it was only 50p in a bucket
at the recent Steam & Vintage Festival! We have now
passed the £100,000 mark, thanks to your generosity.
"But that is only 10 per cent of what ultimately we need to
complete the repairs and ensure the rest of the railway is secured
for future generations to enjoy. If you have been thinking
about helping, please say 'yes' right now and either make a
donation or buy
shares. Those buying shares worth £1,000 or more in the
appeal will become members of the '300 club' entitling them to an
exclusive 'Golden Pass' for free travel on the railway for life, on
all trains excluding Santa Specials."
You can download a copy of
the appeal leaflet here or go to the homepage and click the
donations link if you would like to respond online.
Otherwise, please keep an eye out in your next issue of Steam
Railway, Railway Magazine or Heritage Railway: don't just open it
to empty the leaflets in the bin, you'll find a copy of the appeal
leaflet there. If you have already donated, thank you: and
feel free to pass it on to a friend!
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