When leaves were still on the trees and the temperature was somewhat higher than it is now as Winter approaches and the Santa Steam Special season is only a week away, the Civil Engineering Department held their annual working week when major engineering work is undertaken that necessitates the closure of the line.
In another of his excellent reports, James Barlow gives an in depth report of the superb work that the “gang” undertook in September 2017. Following on from the major relaying of Oakworth level crossing in 2016, work was once again concentrated on the area around Oakworth and the bridge 17 to the south. Here is James’ report.
While S&T week was very different to previous years, Civil “Week” was very much as you were, although this year we had two weeks due to the works at Bridge 17 requiring a 12 day closure.
A significant amount of effort has gone into the maintenance, repair, and renewal of the infrastructure around Oakworth over recent years. In my time at the railway (seven years this October, how time flies!) we have undertaken:
- Three bridge refurbishments along Mytholmes Curve.
- Bridge 18 & 19 waterproofed and masonry/brickworks repairs.
- Bridge 17 waterproofed, abutment masonry/brickwork repairs and painting.
- Renewed the level crossing deck.
- Installed drainage along part of the track.
- Repaired a collapsed culvert running beneath Oakworth Yard.
- Construction of an embankment toe retaining wall with gabion baskets on Mytholmes Curve.
- Repointed two retaining walls.
- Renewed the turnout into the yard.
- Cleared spoil from the Mytholmes Tunnel landslip site.