Mid Hants Railway release update on Alton station upgrades

Alton knee frame
Credit: MHR

The Mid Hants Railway has released an update on the work taking place at Alton station whilst that part of the line is shut.

The weather is against the team when it comes to outdoor painting but there’s plenty of jobs that the team can be completing.

One of these jobs is the clearance of vegetation, the embankment that runs alongside the main station siding and the headshunt have both seen the vegetation cut back.

Indoor jobs are plentiful and these have included the painting of the platform scales, trolleys and ready for when the railway reopens, the refurbishment of three train tail lamps. These have been in storage for a long time and believe it or not, have never ever been used.

Lastly, the Signal and Telegraph Department have been making preparations to motorise the cross over points which connect us to Network Rail.

Currently, when a movement is required between the Watercress Line and the Main Line the points are manually changed using a small knee frame.

This will shortly be disappearing with the points being motorised and controlled directly from the signalbox.

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