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Wemyss Bay railway station renovation

The station dates from 1865, but the current station building dates from 1903, it is Category A Listed LinkExternal link and was designed by prolific Scottish railway architect James Miller LinkExternal link .

An earlier major repair and restoration project in 1994 is commonly regarded as flawed, as signs of rust and roof leakage appeared almost immediately after completion and worsened over the years to give the station a neglected and inhospitable appearance.

Fortunately, the station is now undergoing extensive renovation works which have entailed closure of one of the two working platforms and a reduction of the other. This is to enable around the clock working in a safe environment, with the overhead line electric power switched off at these sections.

At the time of writing (May 2015) much of the station is covered by a network of scaffolding and plastic "stretch-wrap" material to create "encapsulated painting zones" which enabled work to continue throughout the winter. The extensive scaffolding has been carefully planned and constructed in such a way as to enable safe public access to the station, pier and car park at all times.

In addition to shot-blasting and repainting of the extensive station roof, canopies and supporting columns, the roof tiles are being replaced due to their age. Substantial strengthening of the building structure and various other internal and external building works are also taking place, including a new access system to the canopies, presumably for maintenance purposes. This LinkExternal link to the contractor's web site provides some interesting information about the renovation.

The work is being carried out by the Spencer Group LinkExternal link .

Friends of Wemyss Bay Station group LinkExternal link .
by Thomas Nugent

Created: Sat, 23 May 2015, Updated: Sat, 23 May 2015


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NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Railway Station - Atrium and central booking office by Rob Farrow
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NS1968 : Limit of isolation sign by Thomas Nugent
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NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Railway Station - ramp down to steamboat pier by Rob Farrow
NS1968 : Limit of isolation sign by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Railway Station - The Station Bar by Rob Farrow
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Railway Station - Bookshop and Way Out by Rob Farrow
NS1968 : Temporary buffer stop by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station renovation by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Railway Station - Central booking office by Rob Farrow
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Old British Rail posters at Wemyss Bay station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station renovation by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Temporary buffer stop by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station by Thomas Nugent

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