Bluebell Railway

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Client: Morgan Sindall

Location: Sheffield Park, East Sussex

This project was a Heritage Lottery funded scheme for the Bluebell Railway. The key scope was to create a '16 car' Carriage Storage facility, Museum, Interpretation Centre and a 40M long Locomotive Inspection Pit. The scheme was designed on the Network Rail Traction and Maintenance Rolling Stock Guide.

The site was particularly narrow, with the fully operational railway to the East, industrial units to the West and the River Ouse to the North.

127M long x 16M wide carriage shed was constructed of a heavily reinforced and piled foundation slab with contiguous piled wall for the Museum and Interpretation Centre - off which insitu reinforced concrete ground beams and beam and block flooring was placed.

The existing foul sewer had to be completely relaid to accommodate the new toilet facilities and the upgrading of the existing 120 year old system.

Installation of 2 grey water harvesting tanks, one for the use of the new inspection pit and the other for the use of the toilet facilities within the new complex.

Gabion wall installation to support the northern end of the main carriage shed due to it's close proximity to the River Ouse which required retaining. The construction of a DDA ramp in reinforced concrete completed the associated externals works and hard and soft landscaping.