Derailed, yet delightful…

Published: 26th October 2020

Signal Surveyors (check out their website here!) approached Messenger after acquiring a redundant British Rail 12 tonne wagon in burnt out condition. The carcass was transported from Walsall to Wales and stored in a farmyard before being shot blasted, painted and transported to its now resting place. The wagon was fitted with a corrugated iron roof as part of the refurbishment, however the client was not happy with the result so turned to Messenger to fix an alternative standing seam zinc roof.

Our very own Jon Castleman (who you can read about in our previous article here) took the lead on the project. He was initially tasked with measuring many dimensions, as the zinc sheeting had to be pre-ordered and bent into shape to match the curvature of the wagon roof.

Tom, Principal Surveyor at Signal Surveyors was full of praise for the team and sent the following glowing testimonial;

“From the very start Jon’s enthusiasm and craftmanship inspired confidence. Materials duly turned up on site exactly when expected and everything was set to go”.

“Jon arrived exactly when he said he would with his apprentice Dan and they faced the first crucial test – had the roof been measured correctly? Thankfully, everything was fine. We stood back and admired as Jon and Dan cracked on first with the structured underlay, and then the preformed guttering. Getting the structured underlay on was a master stroke as it made the wagon waterproof and work could carry on inside”.

 “Then the heavens opened and it rained as only it can in Wales. However, Jon and Dan carried on regardless and excellent progress was made despite the weather – very good for testing out the gutters!”.

“Jon and Dan kept at it and the result exceeded expectations in every respect. The finish was fantastic, and the overall look of the wagon was perfect”.

“We would not hesitate to recommend Messenger to anyone requiring bespoke roof work in either lead or zinc. Without doubt the best workmanship Signal have ever seen in our long time in construction. We would also like to make special mention of Jon Castleman for his excellent craftmanship and project leadership on site, and Dan for his work ethic, professionalism and skill – he has a bright future ahead of him!”.

Here at Messenger we are proud of all our projects, however it’s these little quirky ones that allow our highly skilled teams to really show off their skills. Good job by all involved!

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