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"Spruce up brings Box Tunnel back to former glory" - Wiltshire Times (18/3/10) - 8102/13125
Written by Lee on Friday, 19th March 2010
From the Wiltshire Times:
[quote="Wiltshire Times"]Spruce up brings Box Tunnel back to former glory
Villagers and tourists in Box will be able to see Box Tunnel's famous Western Portal returned to its former glory, following a clean up operation by Network Rail engineers.
The extensive clean operation was organised to tie in with engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 204th birthday on April 9 and the upcoming 175th anniversary of Great Western Raiilway.
The work involved removing overgrown plants from the railway embankment, which was blocking the view of the decorated facade from the public viewing platform on the A4 at London Road.
The invasive plants have been carefully removed to make room for non-invasive plants to flourish and new trees to be planted without blocking the newly restored view of the Grade III listed structure.
The viewing platform is the only vantage point of the western portal that is most accessible to the public and it is a popular destination for Brunel enthusiasts. Jack Hitchcock, western maintenance director for Network Rail said: "Box Tunnel is one of Brunel
Re: "Spruce up brings Box Tunnel back to former glory" - Wiltshire Times (18/3/10) - 8102/13128
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th March 2010
[quote author=Lee link=topic=8102.msg13125#msg13125 date=1268995216]
... a clean up operation ...
... The work involved removing overgrown plants ....
The invasive plants have been carefully removed to make room for non-invasive plants to flourish and new trees to be planted ...
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
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