Thursday, 4 April 2013

Hope Railway Station Footbridge made by Andrew Handyside in 1894. Now restored.

This footbridge is located in Hope, Derbyshire, UK.
Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge in Derby also made many hundreds of bridges of many different sizes around the world. Here is a recent find thanks to Andrew Helsby who was carrying out the restoration on this footbridge and got in touch.

Andrew said "We have just refurbished a footbridge  at Hope station in Derbyshire. We removed all the old paint and decking and repainted it to original colours ( I think). There are a couple of plaques on each end of the bridge which we picked out in contrasting colours. The name on the plaque was A.Handyside & Co Derby and London 1894. I did a search and came across your very informative web site."

"We did the restoration for a main client working for Network Rail. They lifted the bridge out complete with the four staircases leaving only the two piers on site. We did an initial blast to remove 90% of the original paint then they inspected the steel work and replaced as necessary. We then reblasted and painted it to a Network Rail specification. The finished colours were Holly Green (14 C 39 ) main steel work & Antique Cream ( 10 B 15 ) the lattice work. The wooden deck was removed and a modern GRP equivalent installed. The bridge was lifted back and re-opened Saturday 19th January 2013."

Here is one of his photographs of the nicely restored Handyside badges that adorn this footbridge in Hope:

Restored footbridge at Hope railway station

The restored walking surface on this Handyside footbridge:

Restored footbridge at Hope railway stationHope


Here is a Google Streetview of the Hope Railway Station Footbridge (before restoration):

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This footbridge is similar to the one at Whatstandwell, Derbyshire.

Map Location:
View my Andrew Handyside World Map to see the exact location of this footbridge on my world map.
My world map is the result of hundreds of hours of research into the company, plotting out each item as I find it.

Can you help find more Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other footbridges at railway stations bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.

Thanks
Andy