To mark the Britannia Railway bridge’s 150th anniversary and coinciding with the £5 million restoration scheme, we have been chosen to restore Runcorn Viaduct’s iconic navigation bell.
From our first inspection, the bell was in relatively good condition considering its age and location, however, there were signs of corrosion and it was clear that the current coating would need to be removed and replaced with a modern epoxy system.
We are no strangers to the delicate nature of cast iron, and our 40+ years of experience in both surface preparation and protective coating application ensured that we were able to deliver a high-quality protective system to our unwavering quality standards.
The bell is due to be displayed in Brindley theatre on 10th October to commend its use in helping ships to navigate Manchester Ship Canal. It has truly been an honour to be a part of this project.
The bell was expertly air lifted from it’s position on the viaduct by Network Rail. You can find a video of the removal on Network Rail’s website. Historic navigation bell restored to celebrate iconic viaduct’s 150th birthday – Network Rail
To mark the 150th anniversary of Runcorn's iconic railway bridge, the newly restored Navigation Fog Bell, which sat on top of the bridge, has been donated to Halton Borough Council by Network Rail and unveiled at The Brindley Theatre.— Halton Council (@HaltonBC) October 10, 2018