Owners of the Brecon Mountain Railway turned to Roofline & Rainwater Systems specialists, Swish Building Products, for replacement guttering and fascia boards for their station buildings and maintenance facilities. The Swish products were ordered as part of a major refurbishment and upgrade of the railway buildings. These included the booking hall, restaurant, platform and engine repair sheds, all located at Pant Station, the start and finish point for the Brecon Mountain Railway, near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
Duty Officer John Taylor takes up the story. “With over 85000 visitors per year travelling on the Railway, we were concerned that the buildings were looking shabby and the original guttering and fascia boards were well past their best. We needed replacements that would stand up to the heavy rain we get in South Wales and look right in this heritage location” To fit in with the architectural vernacular, Swish supplied approximately 100 metres of their cellular PVC, Black foiled fascia and soffit boarding together with similar quantities of cast iron effect guttering in Ogee profile, plus square section downpipes. According to Swish, cellular PVC has taken over from timber for roofline work – fascia, soffit and barge boards. Better consistency of materials, ease of working, long life and nil-maintenance have all lead to the gradual dominance of the material.
Cellular PVC can also be fully re-cycled at the end of its service life, adding a further benefit over timber. When it comes to gutter detail, Swish cast iron effect rainwater goods are excellent reproductions of the original, with a surface texture that makes them highly appealing, and specially moulded components that follow the original design. PVC is also a cost-effective alternative to the hugely more expensive, real thing. “As far as roofline and rainwater systems go, Swish did a fabulous job for us and we are good for many years to come.“ Said Mr Taylor.