October 7th, 2016

Footbridge Dedication to the Volunteers and Unveiling of Bridge Plate

Bridge numberplate, North Weald Station

Bridge numberplate, North Weald Station

The hard work of the volunteers of the EORVS was recognised today at a special dedication ceremony with John Glover, Chairman of the Ongar Railway Preservation Society and Bill Dale, Chairman of the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society. The two chairmen unveiled an information board telling the story from its original home in Woodford to its new and permanent location at North Weald Station. In addition the bridge plate from its Great Eastern Railway days was unveiled.

Mr John Glover (left) and Mr Bill Dale unveil the new information board at the North Weald Footbridge

Mr John Glover (left) and Mr Bill Dale unveil the new   information board at the North Weald Footbridge

During the ceremony, Mr Glover commented that had the bridge been installed by a commercial contractor it may have cost upwards of £500,000, a fraction of the cost of installing it here and a clear demonstration of the dedication shown by the volunteers in restoring the bridge.

Mr Dale explained that the bridge had been donated to the EORVS many years and he was proud to have seen their hard work over the years to repair and install the bridge.

Pieces of the original bridge have been kept and turned into a quirky piece of artwork – surely worthy of display in Tate Modern!

John Glover admires the 'artwork' made from pieces cut out of the bridge

John Glover admires the ‘artwork’ made from pieces                         cut out of the bridge