Rail was recently approached by a small band of supporters of their
local preserved Railway Station. The picturesque station at Crowcombe
Heathfield is located on the famous West Somerset line and is often used
as a location for filming blockbusters such as “The Land Girls”.
Clearly attention to detail is paramount.
Their desire was to acquire a batch of authentic
Great Western Railway Lanterns in order to replace the less attractive
1930’s fittings. Our Heritage Project team had previously carried out
exhaustive research by closely studying both original examples together
with numerous photographs and drawings. The benefit of this was that
all of the information was available in house but also the specialist
tooling and patterns required to produce these items had already been
manufactured thus saving the client the cost of new patterns and design
work. The original lamps were either oil lit or gas lit although in
later years some were converted to electricity.
We had previously produced both genuine oil lit
versions and also the electrical option and in this case the electrical
option was also sought.
As the order came in, the opportunity was taken to
include in the batch two further lanterns which were required by another
station located on the same route as their requirements were similar.
Through careful planning and consideration the combining of their joint
needs enabled us to optimize both production and delivery costs to the
welcome advantage of the Client. The fascinating process of manufacture
of these lamps brought together a wide variety of traditional trades
which with spectacular attention to detail resulted in the creation of
exquisite handmade replicas of the Victorian originals.
Crowcombe Heathfield Station has a proven track
record of winning National Heritage Awards and clearly their dynamic
team are continuing to pave the way for further awards in the future.
It is clearly their desire as a Client, to protect the past and to
recreate it in incidences where it is lost, to the finest possible
standards. Steelway Rail is delighted that the Client considers that
once again we have succeeded in helping them to achieve this.