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The pictures below were taken on Wednesday 30th March. The Museum building and fit out is now basically complete though there is still many loose ends to sort out. Moving our display items into the cabinets etc will start immediately. The provisional date for opening is Saturday May 28th.

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Looking south into the old Museum the case that will contain the model railway has been installed. The display will show the early formation of Bluebell trains, locomotive - coaches - locomotive.   To access the model railway the top of the cabinet rises.
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On entering the new area this ‘table’ will display eight different maps showing the evolution of transport.   Looking north, east side, from the exit door.
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Opposite the exit door, the new kennel for London Jack. Both the dog and the original case will be installed in the new display. Note the slot for money - he will continue collecting.   Northern most, east side cabinet.
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West side, looking south. The cabinet on the left will contain the Pullen Collection of pre-grouping models.   The cabinet just south of the exit door, the new home for three large scale model locomotives.



The pictures below were taken on Thursday 17th March.

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At the south end of the old Museum building is a mock up of a booking office. The side wall is glass so the inside can be seen in detail. It will be fitted out with all the items normally found in a booking office. This is the view a booking clerk would see from the ticket window, looking north along the old Museum.   Looking south from the doorway between the old and new areas. This area will contain the information about the history of the Bluebell Railway.
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The display in the north east corner. Many of the cabinets have drawers below for the storage/display of small items such as tickets, labels, badges, publicity, etc.   Looking south along the west wall. The large double sided cabinets forming the central spine can be seen.
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The box in the centre of the picture will contain children’s “dressing up clothes”. As well as the coat hooks a mirror is provided.   Looking north on the west side of the central spine.



All the cabinets are now in the new Museum and are being put together and put into position. The pictures below were taken on Wednesday 23rd February.

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A cabinet in position waiting to be unwrapped and have the glass fitted. This cabinet will contain a display of different types of track and fixings.   Looking north. The large hexagonal cabinet in the far distance will display posters, photographs etc as well as contain AV screens. When sited correctly this cabinet marks the turning point for visitors who will walk north on the west side turn at the north end to return down the east side to the exit door by the water crane.
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Spurs like this one will split the Museum into sections. As can be seen this one starts the “Building the Railways” section.   The new building south of the old Museum has been clad to match the old building. The new windows and doors match the orignals.



The fit out of the Museum has started. The pictures below were taken on Thursday 17th February.

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A cabinet is off-loaded outside the station building.   A busy scene at Sheffield Park. Work continues on the new canopy, the PW gang are active north of the station and the Museum cabinets wait on Platform 1 to be moved over to Platform 2. (Click the image for a bigger version).
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The first cabinet on its way across.   One of the first cabinets has arrived in the new building.



The following set of pictures were taken on Wednesday 12th January. An official visit was made to the site by the Museum Management Committee along with representatives from three of the companies who will be fitting out the new Museum building. It is hoped that the fit out will start around the end of January.
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View of the scaffolding to be used for the repair of the canopy on platform 2.   Looking north from platform 2.
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Looking south into the old Museum building from the doorway between the old building and new.   Through the oblong window into the carriage shed, this window has now been glazed.
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Through the original door into the Museum showing the rebuilt fireplace.   Some of us had a conducted visit to the new carriage shed. This view taken from the door to the Pullman area, looking north, shows what a huge space this is.
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Platform 2, looking south.   The signalbox from the ramp leading to the Pullman area.
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Taken from the north west corner of the new building looking south.   The north end of platform 2 showing the ramp and the access to the west side viewing area.
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Looking along the side of the carriage shed.   Another view looking north.



Museum50   Taken on Tuesday 19th October. The second official visit by the Museum Management Committee. Looking south from the new Museum into the rebuilt old Museum. Part of the display in the old Museum building will describe the history of the Bluebell Railway. Access to the new Museum will be via the old Museum.
 
Museum51   Taken on Tuesday 19th October. The second official visit by the Museum Management Committee. Looking south from the north end of the new Museum. The main exit door is to the left and the window into the Carriage Shed to the right.
 
Museum52   Taken on Tuesday 19th October. The second official visit by the Museum Management Committee. Looking north from the exit door from the Museum. The door in the north end allows public access to the signal box.
 
Museum53   Taken on Tuesday 19th October. The second official visit by the Museum Management Committee. Looking north into the Carriage Shed from the window in the Museum.
 
Museum54   Taken on Tuesday 19th October. The second official visit by the Museum Management Committee. Work has started on the signal box. This view shows the re-felted roof. The public access door from the Museum can be seen to the left of the signal box.
 
Museum49   Taken on Wednesday 6th October. Traffic jam on platform 2 as work continues on restoring the platform surface.
 
Museum48   Taken on Wednesday 29th Sepetmber. Classic view from the bridge but there is much to see. The fascia on the shed is partly in place. The Bulleid shop is nearing completion and the new toilet block walls are visible.
 
Museum47   Taken on Wednesday 29th September. The superb brickwork along the side of the new Museum facing the platform is now visible. The digger is standing by the exit door.
 
Museum46   Taken on Monday 20th September during an official inspection of the new building by members of the Museum Management Committee. Looking south from the roof of the north end of the new Museum building. The Carriage Shed can be seen on the right and the coping stones from the top of the platform edge wall on the left.
 
Museum45   Taken on Monday 20th September during an official inspection of the new building by members of the Museum Management Committee. A clearer view of the construction of the roof. The steel girders will be visible inside the building. The planks below the girder will be removed when the roof is complete.
 
Museum34   Taken on Monday 20th September during an official inspection of the new building by members of the Museum Management Committee. Standing inside the new building against the north wall. The exit door onto the platform can be seen on the left and the small window into the Carriage Shed can be seen opposite on the right.
 
Museum42   Taken on Wednesday 15th September. View of the nearly completed Isfield Building which will house the Bulleid Shop. Though unable to photograph from a public area the roof of the new Museum is being installed and should be completed within a week. Various other walls have been built at the south end in the new toilet block.
 
Museum42   Taken on Wednesday 25 August 2010. The brickwork on the platform side of the Museum building is showing above the barrier. The level the bricks are at is just about the top of the Museum. (The 08 on the left of the picture is about to leave with the 3pm departure, replacing the 4MT tank which failed with broken spring(s)).
 
Museum38   Taken on Friday 6 August 2010 from the footbridge. Work is proceeding on the floor inside the shed. The roofs of the temporary toilets can be seen in the bottom right of the picture. These toilets are standing on the concrete base built for the Isfield Building (Bulleid Shop).
 
Museum39   Taken on Friday 6 August 2010 from the side of the temporary toilets.
 
Museum40   Taken on Friday 6 August 2010. The block walls of the museum are rapidly rising and it is now possible to see where the exit door will come out onto the platform. Looking through the door the small window between the Museum and Carriage Shed can be seen.
 
Museum41   Taken on Friday 6 August 2010. The bricks are ready to be laid on the outside of the block wall along the platform edge.
 
Museum34   Taken on Wednesday 28 July 2010 from the footbridge. The new floor can be seen in the old Museum building and also in the new toilets etc to the south.
 
Museum37   Taken on Wednesday 28 July 2010. Looking into the new Museum from just north of the canopy the new blockwork can be seen.
 
Museum36   Taken on Wednesday 28 July 2010. Looking into the vacant area from north of the platform ramp. The area between the running line and the new Carriage Shed is quite large. Now, what could we use that for?
 
Museum35   Taken on Wednesday 28 July 2010 from the station house. Half the Carriage Shed roof is in place. Though the west side of the roof cannot be seen from this angle it is in place. The south end is still to be done.
 
Museum33   Taken on Sunday 25 July 2010 from the footbridge. The steps are in place allowing access to build the roof as are various safety measures. South of the old Museum building can be seen the foundations for the new toilets etc. In the immediate foreground are the staff access steps.
 
Museum31   Taken on Sunday 25 July 2010 showing the floor of the new Museum. The bricks are ready to build the internal walls.
 
Museum32   Taken on Sunday 25 July 2010 by the water crane showing the floor in place at the north end of the Museum.
 
Museum30   Taken on Sunday 25 July 2010. The north end of the Carriage Shed showing the false roof being installed.
 
Museum29   Taken on Wednesday 21 July 2010. A view from the station house showing the newly erected water crane with the signalbox behind.
 
Museum27   Taken in February 1964. A bit different from the usual images here, the signalbox in situ at Withyham.
 
Museum27   Taken on Wednesday 14 July 2010 from north of the platform ramp. The steelwork for the Carriage Shed is progessing north rapidly.
 
Museum26   Taken on Friday 9 July 2010. The signalbox has arrived and rests on its base. The crane used to move the signalbox also re-erected the water crane.
 
Museum25   Taken on Wednesday 7 July 2010 from the first floor of the station house. This view shows virtually the whole of the new Museum building with its flat roof.
 
Museum24   Taken on Wednesday 7 July 2010 from the bottom of the platform ramp. The brickwork of the signalbox base is being built. The view also shows the framework of the new Museum.
 
Museum23   Taken on Wednesday 7 July 2010. Another view of the signalbox base being constructed. The narrow building between the signalbox and Carriage Shed is the store for servicing the catering operation of the Golden Arrow.
 
Museum19   Taken on Wednesday 30 June 2010. In just a week since the steel started to be delivered the building work is quickly progressing north.
 
Museum20   Taken on Wednesday 30 June 2010. Looking at the Museum building from just north of the platform canopy. The Museum size and shape is clearly visible. (The little red digger is inside the Museum area).
 
Museum21   Taken on Wednesday 30 June 2010. The water crane has been re-erected. The steel supports for the Museum wall at the back of the platform can be seen behind the water crane.
 
Museum22   Taken on Wednesday 30 June 2010. Looking north for the end of the viewing area the wall being built to protect the well house can clearly be seen. The Carriage Shed will reach where the portacabins are sited.
 
Museum15   Taken on Wednesday 23 June 2010. The first lot of steel arrived today and has been unloaded. The large crane will, presuamably, stay on site to erect the building as it seems to have trapped itself behind the unloaded steel.
 
Museum16   Taken on Wednesday 23 June 2010. Another view of the steel delivery, and the lorry that delivered it.
 
Museum18   Taken on Wednesday 23 June 2010 from the bottom of the platform ramp. The concrete to support the back of the platform ramp is complete. The square concrete base is the base for the signalbox which is part of the Museum display. The frame will sit on the base and brick walls will bring the floor level of the signalbox up to platform level. To the right of the signalbox base the base is being built for the staff facilities (kitchen etc) in the Carriage Shed.
 
Museum17   Taken on Wednesday 23 June 2010. The shuttering has been removed from the north wall of the Museum and some of the cross lintels that will support the floor are complete. Shuttering is in place for the foundations of the wall at the back of the platform.
 
Museum14   Taken on Wednesday 16 June 2010 from the bottom of the platform ramp. The shuttering for the north wall can be clearly seen. Although the Museum part of the build stops at just about the top of the platform ramp the Shed part continues north for some distance.
 
Museum13   Taken on Wednesday 16 June 2010 looking across the building at very nearly the north end. The shuttering for the concrete wall at the north end is visible to the right. The reinforced concrete just visible at the bottom left of the image is the new base for the water crane.
 
Museum12   Taken on Wednesday 16 June 2010 from just north of the canopy. The wall between the Museum and Shed can be seen which gives an idea of the depth of the new building. The building widens from 3 metres at the south end to 6 metres at the north end.
 
Museum11   Taken on Wednesday 16 June 2010. The classic view of the build from the footbridge. The concrete base of the wall between the Museum and Shed is clearly visible from behind the Museum building northwards.
 
Museum10   Taken on Wednesday 26 May 2010. General view of the site. The concrete foundations are well advanced.
 
Museum9   Taken on Wednesday 26 May 2010. Using bricks similar to those that will be used in the contruction of the Museum a demonstration wall has been built under the footbridge to show what the brick parts of the building will look like.
 
Museum8   Taken on Wednesday 26 May 2010. As part of the Museum display a signal box will be placed just north of the new Museum building. (The public will have access to this display). The base can be seen here under construction. This photograph was taken from the bottom of the platform ramp.
 
Museum7   Taken on Saturday 17 April 2010. The crusher has been used to break up the concrete bases previously on the site and the crushed stone can be seem being used in the foundations. The Isfield building, seen under a black plastic sheet in the previous image, has been removed to allow rebuilding of the platform.
 
Museum5   Taken on Wednesday 10 March 2010. The line of piles which will support the wall between the new museum and the carriage shed are clearly visible.
 
Museum6   Taken on Wednesday 10 March 2010. The canopy with the protection to the colums and the new signage.
 
Museum4   Taken on Wednesday 17 February 2010. The supports at the rear of the museum has been removed. The canopy and front of the building are now supporting the rear roof using scaffolding. The Isfield building has been dismantled and stored. Now the site has been securely fenced access is again available to Platform 2 (as is needed for the train service for Branch Line Weekend).
 
Museum3   Taken on Wednesday 3 February 2010. Little change to the Museum Building.
 
Museum2   Taken on Wednesday 27 January 2010. The rear of the old Museum has been removed leaving just the frontage and canopy. The footbridge has been cordoned off at the point this view was taken to stop access to Platform 2.
 
Museum1   Taken on Wednesday 20 January 2010. Work has started. The site has been fenced off, the site buildings located at the north end of the site and the old Museum Building is being dismantled.
 
Woodpak6   Taken on Wednesday 4 November 2009. The Isfield building has been taken down and moved further south to stand where the Bulleid Shop was sited.
 
Woodpak5   Taken on Wednesday 28 October 2009. The large wooden building has been removed.
 
Isfield1   Also taken on Wednesday 28 October 2009. The Isfield building, that housed the model railway, is being dismantled to be re-erected further south.
 
Woodpak4   Taken on Wednesday 21 October 2009. The large wooden building has been almost totally removed.
 
Woodpak3   The picture on the left was taken on Sunday 27 September 2009. The old brick archive store has gone and the new bat house has appeared in the background. The hut has a black roof and can just be seen behind the red vehicle.
 
Woodpak1   This view, taken in March 2009, from just north of the present Musuem building, shows the area to be occupied by the New Museum and Carriage Shed. It is much easier to see the site now the tress have been felled and the undergrowth cleared. The boundary between the Bluebell land and the Woodpak site is to the left of the two buildings.
 
Woodpak2   This view is taken from where the boundary wall of the new building will be. The lorry is parked on the Bluebell area and the boundary runs to the left of the building behind the lorry and just to the right of the grey building in the background.