The majority of the preliminary work described in first issue of Underground Lines was completed ahead of schedule, the only item not tackled being the repointing of the tunnel portals. It was decided that rather than scaffold the portals to carry out this work it would be sensible to defer this until the drainage and track work had been completed when access would not impede the main work.
Additional work was carried out at the Kidderminster end of the tunnel where the soakaway on the east side (or should that be north side) of the track was completed (the railway does virtually a U-turn between Bewdley and Kidderminster!).
Work being carried out on the soakaways near the end of the tunnel.
Also there is a photograph (below) which shows one of the tunnel refuges before work had started. The original tunnel bore with the sandstone face can be seen, together with the first lining of brickwork carried out during the 1880s (at various locations) to arrest deterioration. The final brick lining carried out by the GWR in 1910 that extends throughout the length of the tunnel can also be seen. Further information on the relining work can be found in The Great Western Magazine for December 1910 (page 314) and extracts from this article appeared in SVR News 109.
One of the tunnel refuges (see above).
Currently we are in the process of sourcing the necessary materials for the track replacement and these should all be arriving on railway during the next couple of weeks. The new permanent way materials will be delivered to Kidderminster before Christmas and then loaded into rail vehicles and either delivered or unloaded at the site or transferred to Bewdley for storage until required.