SAK Rebuilt - Progress Report 37
Three Stations In Alloa!
By mid-June 2007 I had not filmed the SAK reconstruction in the center of Alloa for over a month, having spent time catching up with progress to the east and west of Alloa instead. This doesn't of course mean that I didn't know that work was being done, since I could see signs of progress from a distance, generally while driving past, but it was Wednesday 13th June before I found the time (on a dry evening) to go and see what had been done since my last look there.
1. I started by looking westwards from the Station Bridge, where the
new signal is now fully assembled. Also, the landscaping work that was
underway over a month previously has been finished. At first glance there
seem to be two fences down the side of the trackbed...
2. ...but looking from a different angle reveals that the inner fence is the
original temporary one and that the outer one is a partly completed
3. Looking eastwards shows that the temporary worksite adjacent to the track
has been cleared and that the new fence is being erected right through to
the Waggonway bridge.
4. Before moving round to the Waggonway Bridge, I turned my attention
briefly to the Alloa Station Bridge (aka the 'Erskine Street Bridge')
itself, as I hadn't previously filmed the new railings that had been
put up on it. This first pictures shows the railing on the west side.
Since it has been put up as part of the SAK project, the railing only
protects the parapet over the railway itself, which is daft considering
the same risk of falling over the parapet exists over the rest of the bridge!
5. A similar railing has been put up on the other side, only in this case...
6. ...it goes right around the corner. Interestingly the railing on this side
is mounted more or less exactly on the parts of the wall corresponding to
two walls of the old Alloa station building, which was above the railway
and whose entrance was in this wall in more or less the middle of this
7. Turning round a bit shows the railing going right down what used to be the
front of the station building, and round the end of what used to be the station
forecourt. Almost all of what remains of the forecourt can be seen here, but it
was originally rather larger.
8. From where I was standing I was able to film something else new - a sign that
has been erected for the new roundabout on the ring road. Interestingly the name
of the junction is as appropriate for where I am standing as for where the
left turn will one day lead to!
9. Looking down from the end of the old forecourt shows the neat tidying up
job that has been done on the south side of the tracks here. It's hard to
believe that there was a loading dock there once.
10. I continued walking up to the Waggonway Bridge, but stopped to film the
new car park. As you can see, it is now completely surfaced, and the
usual white and yellow lines have been marked on it for good measure.
11. However this view of the new station platform and the area behind it
reveals that work is still going on here. The edge of the platform is
now finished and fresh tarmac is visible right behind it, but the rest
of the platform surface is as yet unfinished.
A short trip out this time, and on quite familiar territory, but I still managed to find something of interest to film! The big disappointment was perhaps that after more than a month, there was still no sign of progress on providing the new station building whose concrete base I had first filmed as far back as February (see my SAK Progress Report 24). One thing I had omitted to film (and I really don't know why not!) was that the Waggonway Bridge had also had maroon coloured railings fitted to it of exactly the same pattern as the Station Bridge.
How soon should I next check up on progress? A difficult question, but chance came to my rescue, as I was in Alloa a mere two evenings later and found it very necessary to get my camcorder out. That, however, is another story...
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