SAMES Major Project for 2015/16

Over a past two years we have been refurbishing and upgrading the power unit of the club diesel. The Peak. With great success. 

Now what? A canopy over the station? A canopy over the steaming bays?  We decided in favour of the boiler inspectors and the loco drivers. So our next major project is to design and build a canopy over the steaming bays.

We looked at commercially available designs but decided that they were not "railway" enough. After much research we settled on a design built at Leyland MES.  This is an all steel frame with a polycarbonate roof.  It would need be some 30ft long and 20ft wide with a pitched roof!  The uprights have to be carefully located to avoid impacting access to the steaming bays and the traverser.






After many discussions, photos, sketches, scale sketches and finally scale computerised drawings were produced. However we are based in a public park and the local council have a very big say in what we can do. In order to get planning permission and meet building regulations it soon became clear that we would have to employ a professional structural engineer. Also the steel frame would have to be built commercially to meet certified standards.

The structural engineer will take our drawings and dreams and make sure that this huge umbrella will not blow away and will not collapse under the weight of snow etc. He will also develop the drawings to the standard required for planning permission and then produce the detailed drawings for the steel fabrication company. Meanwhile we have to ensure that the huge concrete footings for the four uprights do not foul any of our underground ducting.

Also there is a big tree very close to one end of the canopy. So separately we have applied to have this removed.


Over the next 2 years we got the drawings prepared (STL Projects), got the planning permission and then contracted a local steel fabricator (Orchid Fabrications) to build and erect the steel frame. This contractor also arranged for the footings to be dug out and filled with concrete.

Now what about the roof?  Fortunately one of our members is a building contractor and he agreed to do the roof which consists of timber rafters covered in polycarbonate sheets.
This leaves us to finish of with the fancy trimmings all around the eaves and the guttering to do.

Also we have to change the access to the steaming bays to avoid one of the canopy uprights. This involves moving some steel fencing and laying a concrete base about 5 metres square for cars/trailers to reverse onto when unloading/loading engines.

Now....what about a section of track in the steaming bays that can be raised up and down to facilitate working on an engine?  Ideas please.



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