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Telegraph Pole Project Update

Another successful day working on the project to reinstate the telegraph pole route alongside the railway line, initially between Havenstreet and Wootton, took place on Saturday 31 January.

With cooperation from both the rail infrastructure and mechanical engineering teams, a works train was prepared on Friday 30 January which comprised the SR 20T Well B61056, LNER 25T Lowmac E263276, BR 20T Ballast Plough Brake Van ‘Shark’ DB993853 and with motive power provided by BR Class 03 D2059.

The same 5T excavator as last time, together with the augers and extensions, was hired from JMC in Merstone and loaded onto the well wagon.
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The steep embankment near Woodhouse Crossing provided a challenging location in which to work, also illustrated in the title picture at the top of this page.
A good sized gang was in attendance on the day and we planted 11 poles in total; three between Wootton station and Packsfield crossing, two near Woodhouse crossing and a further six between Bridge 12 and Guildford Farm crossing.

A couple of poles had clearly endured a hard life - as well as the attention of several generations of woodpeckers - and were as rotten as the proverbial pear, as can be seen from the accompanying photograph.
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Evidence of life expired poles located close to Guildford Farm crossing. One even snapped and fell before it could be lifted from the ground!
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In order to ensure that the poles are equidistant, this pole near to the ground frame at Wootton was re-sited.
A smaller gang was kept busy on Sunday 1st February, planting four poles along the northern boundary of the main car park and then a further four around the wooded edge of the show field, these will be used to improve services around the station site.    

It is intended that the poles will be ‘dressed’ in mid-November using a ‘cherry-picker’ platform.  It is hoped that the platform can also be used to clear some of the larger tree boughs that overhang our boundary.  Dressing the poles involves the attachment of foot-steps, cross-arms with insulators and, where appropriate, a ‘tin hat’ – the finial to prevent the ingress of rainwater.

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On Sunday, attention turned to installing some poles around the station car park and show field.  These will be used to improve services around the site at Havenstreet station.
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