Although the Station House is temporarily closed and FIRST have been unable to meet, things haven’t completely ground to a halt at Irlam station.
Work on the impressive signal box, which was so nearly ready just before lockdown, has been able to continue, with several additions including a telegraph pole and signals now in place. Some FIRST members have been busy at home during lockdown carrying out restoration work on various items, instruments etc. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the signal box in all its glory when the official opening, postponed from March, is eventually able to take place.
Station Park is an ideal place for daily exercise; it’s so good to have this additional green space in the district. Luckily the HDT maintenance programme has been able to keep the park looking good, cutting grass, strimming and tackling weeds. If you’re in the park look out for some new additions, among them the brilliant Horse Panel and the Station Art Park sign. It’s also good to see that the V sculpture (cogs) has been repaired and is back in situ; other additions are waiting to be installed. There’s going to be so much to see and enjoy!
Something else to look out for is a new heritage board: Wheels of Local Industry tells the history of the recently restored Peckett Loco, engines and rolling stock. This board is an important addition not only to the ones already at the station, but also to others that can be found throughout the district.
FIRST are hoping that the cancelled summer event, Our Station at War, will return even bigger and better in 2021. Thoughts are now already turning to the Christmas Market, wondering if it will be possible to hold some kind of event, let’s all hope so.
In the mean-time FIRST send good wishes to all during this difficult time and hope everyone is keeping safe and well.