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Running Shed Phase 7 (Fitting Out)

As described in the page for the structure of the whole project, the Running Shed is being built in seven phases.  The first three phases were all concerned with preparation for the construction work, and phases 4 to 6 were concerned with the actual construction of the building.   Phase 6 was completed just at the end of 2016, and then this last phase covers fitting out the building to make it usable.

A key step in this was to make the building secure, by constructing and fitting doors to the south end of the shed, but even while preparations were being made for this there were various bits of work that could be undertaken.  One of the first of these was to prepare for creating the doorway through into the old workshop, by installing a lintel to support the brickwork above it, as shown in the two pictures below.

view into the shed
 

A view into the running shed, showing where a slot is being cut into the brickwork for the lintel.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

 

cutting the lintel slot

One of our volunteers cutting the slot in the brickwork for the lintel.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Several weeks later the lintel had been installed, as shown in the picture below.  Also part of the water treatment plant had been positioned (the two blue objects alongside the east wall), but not yet plumbed in, and the electrical conduits and distribution board case had been mounted on the wall.

bricklaying in progress

The lintel for the doorway into the old workshop in place.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

One piece of work that needed to be done to prepare for installing the doors was to construct the two parts of the doorstep that go either side of the track, and the picture below shows them being finished off.

doorsteps under constructions

The two sections of doorstep either side of the track being finished off.  They have been covered with boards to stop people treading on them until the concrete had cured.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Also some preliminary work was being done on the floor.  Originally it had been proposed that this would be ballast, but we had been given a large quantity of wooden blocks that had originally formed the floor of the machine shop at the premises of Braime Pressings Ltd, and had been recovered from this building when it had been cleared to make space for the University Technical College.  It was clear that these blocks would form a much better floor, and the picture below shows some of them stacked up against the wall of the building, waiting to be cleaned.

wooden blocks for the floor

Some of the wooden blocks for the floor, stacked up against the west wall of the shed, ready for rough cleaning.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Meanwhile, there had been some discussion about whether the main door should be a roller shutter, as originally intended, or a pair of conventional hinged doors like the others in the workshop.  The conclusion of this was that fitting hinged doors would actually give additional space inside the building.  The doors had therefore been designed, and in the workshop the first of them was being constructed, as shown below.

door under construction in the workshop

A door under construction in the workshop, mounted on a four-wheel trolley.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Here the frame of the door had been welded up, and the picture below shows a section of sheeting being welded onto the frame.

welding in progress on a door

Welding in progress:  the locomotive to the right is "Brookes No. 1".

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Once both doors had been made then they were fitted into place, and the picture below shows the second one being lifted by the crane while the hinge fittings were attached to the frame of the building.

a door being lifted into place

Lifting the second door into place:  the hinges for the first door have already been attached to the frame of the building.

Picture © Richard Pike, 2017.

The picture below then shows the the two doors from the inside of the building.  Unfortunately, it is apparent from this picture that actually they did not close properly.

the doors from inside the building

The two doors in place, fastened temporarily by a piece of rope.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

The reason for this problem with closing the doors turned out to be that the frame of the building (which had been designed on the assumption that a roller shutter door would be fitted) was actually flexing under the weight of the doors.  A different method of supporting their weight was therefore needed, and so an external door frame was designed and fitted to the end of the building.  The picture below shows this frame being lifted into place.

external door frame being fitted

The external door frame being positioned, prior to attaching to the building.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Once this frame had been positioned precisely and attached firmly to the building, then the doors could be hung on it, and the picture below shows the two doors finally in place.

doors seen from outside the building

The two doors mounted on their external door frame, and closed securely.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Meanwhile, even with the external doors as originally installed the building was secure enough that the doorway into the old workshop could be knocked through, and the picture below shows this being done.

knocking through the doorway into the old workshop

Knocking through the doorway into the old workshop.  One skin of bricks has already been taken out, and the second is being removed.

Picture © Gavin Johnson, 2017.

Once all of the bricks had been removed then the frame for the new door could be fitted, as shown in the picture below.

frame fitted for doorway into old workshop

View into the old workshop, showing the frame for the new doorway.  Some of the plumbing for the water treatment plant had now been done.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Fitting the door into this new frame was then a comparatively simple job, and the picture below shows it in place.

door into the old workshop in place

View into the old workshop, showing the new door in place.  The old doors across the track will be replaced by a roller shutter door.

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2017.

Watch this space for further details as the work progresses.


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