The signal has been moved for restoration (10 June 2014) – Peter Drury
10 June 2014
Hard on the heels of the path rebuilding, see Hayling Billy Heritage Project, the signal was removed and taken for sand blasting and priming under phase 1 of the signal restoration project. This work is being funded by the HLF with match funding from HBC & HCC as part of the Hayling Billy Heritage Project (formed as a partnership between Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and Hayling’s Best (HB50).
8 June 2014. 3 days before the move. Image Peter Drury
We had to close the newly rebuilt path as the signal area became a worksite.
10 June 2014. Digging commences. Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 The truck bringing the crane on site had to reverse from the Esso Car Park as can be seen here. The tracked crane is on the flat bed trailer. Image Peter Drury
The crane was driven to the signal and digging continued.
10 June 2014 The digging revealed two bullhead rails attached to the signal post. These are attached at right angles to each other and were to help stabalise the signal. Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 The crane was attached to the signal before any further digging took place. Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 Digging continues to reach base plate- Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014. The signal is removed and carefully placed on a jockey truck. Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 The view above shows that the signal was removed intact. The base plate and cross rails (now rotated on their bolts for ease of movement) can be seen at the far end. The condition of the whole signal and its remaining components were in surprisingly good condition given that it is circa 84 years old. The lamp bracket was embossed ‘SR’ (Southern Railway). Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 The signal is carefully maneuvered along the embankment by the crane and is guided by several contractors. Image Peter Drury
10 June 2014 Two cranes were used to hoist the signal onto the flat bed truck. Image Peter Drury
The base plate and cross rails were removed and transported with the signal.
The whole operation took just 3 hours. A great credit to all those involved.
The northern end of the Hayling Billy trail was re-opened after the site was cleared.