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Rail Canopy Restoration Work Completed

The Osborne Minor Works team took on the challenge of restoring the rail station canopy on the Grade II listed Victorian Pier at Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Opened in the late1800’s, the pier is a gateway for ferry passengers crossing from Portsmouth.

The team used their expertise to gain consents to work in this unique location.

With the Maritime Marine Licence (MMO) and heritage licences in place they worked around the tides, supported by a rescue boat, to erect the scaffold crash deck and access platforms.

During rail line blockages the canopy, supports and timbers were sequentially removed exposing the listed Oak flooring.  Taking a sustainable approach, the original Victorian ironwork was carefully stored for re-use by the Smallbrook Junction Steam Railway and the old timbers complete with their original mitre detail were saved for display in the station museum.

The new canopies were designed to replicate the old station with improved air flow.  A ‘dummy gable’ with ‘A’ frame timbers was fitted to the existing station roof timbers along with decorative mouldings to match the original features.

With the entire station re-painted the canopy refurbishment is complete and fit to continue protecting passengers from the exposed seaside environment.

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