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Above: The completed pile of spokes are then set up on the center trestle and moved back over
to the other side as they are painted with undercoat. It was decided to use rollers for
speed and a spoke could be painted in two minutes.

Above: And finally the spokes are given the final coat of gloss in bright red and moved back
across for the last time. The colour looks different due to the sodium lighting in the
workshop.

Above: The crewfrom SGB Island Scaffoldingstart to errect the structure around the
wheel pit and axle under thewatchfull eye of Manager Jon Bartley

Above: The structure is now well under way and will have to be built up from the river
bed to a height of fourteen meters. The full scaffold weighing forty tons
will be errected over two days by riggers Michael schumacher,
Michael Philbin, Paul Hill and Kevin Dutchburn.

Above: The completed structure which stands at thirteen meters above the ground.
The top of the wheel will reach as high as the top rail on the scaffolding.

Above: The team decided to have trial run with one side of the restored rim segments.
This will also give the definitive measure for the final spoke trim before contruction.