History of Birkhill No.3 – West Platform Extension & Track Relay to Tods Mill
Now that the North end points had been replaced, the next phase of the development was to extend the platform to allow for longer trains and as part of the future passenger operations to Manuel programme, this required the removal of the old track, lower the formation and relaying the track through the cutting between Birkhill & the Avon Viaduct.
All this required negotiating and purchasing additional land on the loop side opposite the station, creating an access route down to the loop, overcoming the usual floods, enabling the running seasons to continue and not one but two Badger Sets just to add to the fun.
The following video gallery provides a pictorial account of the work done by the ‘Monday Squad / Civils team over the course of Mid 2007 to Spring 2009 when the copes for the extension were finally laid.
Thanks again goes to James Robertson for the photographs…. for more information of the work done, take a look at the following blastpipe articles in additions:- Autumn 2007 pages 2 to 5, Winter 2007 pages 12 & 13, Spring 2008 page 29 & summer 2008 page 4.