Millbrook concrete footbridge was it in danger of collapse?
By Mick House.
Millbrook footbridge has been reinforced with the installation of two RSJ (Rolled Steel Joist) frames, one on the island platform surrounding the existing concrete support and the other, on the north east side entrance to the station inside the existing concrete support.
Words by Mick House.
For the full story use this link for the Bournemouth to Southampton section and then scroll down to Millbrook.
This was shedded at Newton Abbot from about 1938 and was withdrawn in 1944. I found the box years ago by the sand-drying oven in the old running shed. The number could just be made out on the lid.
It's just about to go for blasting and spraying after repairs to the riveted seams, which were bursting in places. The fellow who made it would have been fascinated to see an electric welder at work.
Under the lid when I found it were quite large areas of green paint, possibly from when it was new. These have mostly flaked off and will soon be lost altogether. There can't be many examples of original paintwork left!
It’s 1989 and the sun is still shining in Par (unlike today!) (29th July 2018) 37671 runs around its train before heading West with the evening freight.
Best wishes, Julian
It's getting on for 30 years now since these shots were taken on a nice warm evening. Many thanks Julian.