However, an inspection on 30 of June showed that there was quite a large amount of wood rot in both posts.
The signal post can be repaired insitu but the extent of the rot to the loading gauge post was such that it was recognised that the safest and most responsible thing to do was to remove it before it fell over. To that end Dowse Cranes, who have a long and succesful record with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums doing heavy lift work on projects, was asked to come up with a plan for removing it and the work was carried out on the morning of the 6 July using a lorry with a loading crane, working from the adjacent lane.
The loading crane held the post whilst it was cut and then used to load the post onto the lorry. The post has been removed to Monkwearmouth’s sister site, Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields, where it is intended to remove the iron gauge and its mounts. The ironwork, which also requires a fair amount of conservation work, will be fitted to a new post to be erected as soon as is practicably possible.