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Grythyttan Station

Restoration of a Swedish railway station from 1877!

  • The facade!

    We start with thanking ALL OF YOU for your support, especially the ones who joined us since the last update. Thanks so much for being part of this, you mean a lot to us!

    Did you know that there are only three stations of this type left in Sweden, in the world? A first class station house made of wood, and built by the biggest private Swedish railway company back then, Bergslagernas Järnvägs AB. The other houses are situated in Molkom and in Daglösen.

    It is only Grythyttans station, though, that has most of the original features left. Not only when it comes to the interior, but also when it comes to the facade and the beautiful features around the roof and windows. 

    Last year we therefore took a piece of the colour with us to the colour shop, in order to establich "our" yellow colour. You can now buy it under the name "Station yellow". We started last year with painting the most exposed parts of the West and South facade, the one facing the railway and the one facing every one who walks towards the house. 

    Especially our friends who are professional painters were asking us "Why on Earth did you start with the lower part?! One always starts with painting the upper part?". Well, the answer is simple. That was the part we reached and the part we dared to start with. Now we know a bit better how to do stuff and we will continue and hopefully finishing these two facades this summer. It will be even prettier! :-)

    Oh yes, before we forget it, do you fancy visiting us and helping us? Leaving the office world behind completely for a few days? Then you should join us in August! It was great doing something like scraping and painting together last summer - here is a small soundtrack of last years renovation week. Enjoy! 

     

  • Now 10% of goal achieved, and 1 month to go!

    We would like to thank you, all of our first supporters that helped us reaching 10% of our within the first two weeks! This is amazing!
    Now, let's get these remaining 90% during the 4 weeks to come, the time we have left in our campaign. Let's spread the word to even more friends who share our passion for railway history and restoration!

    In the meantime in Grythyttan, we continue preparing for this summer's work. Apart from painting and renovating windows, our aim is to install a new heating system, the main purpose for asking you for your help via this campaign.


    We made a sketch of where all the radiators in the station house are situated. This one for example is the sketch for the lower level of the house. We marked with a star the radiators that are broken and need replacing. Two of them we still need to test if they are tight and still usable. They are made of cast iron (abbreviation GJ on the sketch) and they weigh A LOT. So we hope that they are OK, and that we do not have to move them. 

    Anyhow, apart from testing the radiators, we will also need to test the tubing for the heating system (and the water system) for tightness! Right now we have a fair idea where the tubing for the heating system goes (out and back). So now we have to learn how to conduct these tests from someone who knows, means the company who quoted us on the installation for a new heating system. Who knows, maybe we will turn into experts and can help you with something like this in the future!

    Yep, loads to do, and loads of new things to learn! A good thing in other words! :-) 

  • Renovation season's calling

    One single nice day we had now this weekend when we were in Grythyttan, with sunshine and blue sky. There was a noticeable desire of wanting to start the renovation season. Mikko thought out loud "Maybe one could start with one window, just one glass, maybe..." there is so much to do, and it is fun to fix stuff and see a project taking off. All of you who have a project like this (maybe not this size) may recognise the feeling. 

    However, when we entered the house and took a look at the thermometer, it was pretty much clear that it was too early (too cold still) to start. We would need some more warmer days in order to be able to open the workshop properly again. So Mikko got to do one of the other pleasures of this time of the year  - mowing the lawn. 

    Anyhow, there are always memories, and after all it does not feel that long ago since we had our final renovation day for last year... (link to our Swedish website, please use the site's Google translate plugin if needed)

    During the weekend we did find some nice curtains that will fit the windows of the first class waiting room and the ticket expedition, these are the still broken windows on the lower level of the house. If we are lucky, there will even be enough curtain fabric for the windows in the living room of the old flat of the stationmaster. These are the three windows that you see on on the upper level of the house. 

    Yes, the renovation nerves start getting itchy, and we really hope for some warmer weather soon!

    (The Swedish version of this article you'll find on http://grythyttanstation.com/det-kliar-i-renoveringsfingrarna/ .)

  • Tack - Danke - Thank You!!

    Time goes fast - 8 days of our 45 days are gone since the launch of our project started here on Ulule. Therefore we want to say Thank you to our Top Ten - our very first supporters! And because these are our Top Ten, we would like to present them briefly to you. 

    Martin Rapp from Mannheim, Germany was first - only an hour after we told him about the project starting, he got going and took the lead in supporting the station house. Martin and his wife Anne, a very good university friend of Anja, visited us in Grythyttan in 2013 - at a time when we just about started with the renovation of the station. We didn't even know what to start with back then, but that has thank goodness changed by now. Thank you so much for yours and Anne's support, Martin! 

    He was followed by our good friend Ramona Boehnstedt in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Then Katherine Iwinski from Royal Tunbridge Wells in England joined, also a very good friend since Anja's time in the UK. Thank you so much, you lovely Ladies!

    The next supporters who joined were Konrad Marchewski with his wife Kea from Grafschaft, Germany. Both, Kea and Konrad enjoyed a lot working together with us last summer, check out our report (please use the Google translate button if needed). Konrad is an old study mate of Anja, while Kea is from Anja's hometown Wilhelmshaven as well. She does take beautiful pictures! Last summer she spent quite some time shooting in the station house. Check out Exposure time by Kea! Thanks so much for your contribution, you two!

    The next in line, and our first Swedish supporter, is Anja's former colleague Anton Johansson, a very successful and well-known web entrepreneur with many great ideas and who also lets these become reality. Should you be in need of an inspiring lecturer, don't hesitate getting in touch with him via Facebook or Twitter. We are very happy to have you supporting us, Anton, thanks heaps!

    Then the big "B" comes into the picture - one of our most enthusiastic supporters and best friend of Anja, Miss Bettina Erxleben from Berlin, Germany. Ein riesiges Dankeschön!! 

    Next in line are our friends Sara and Markus Thor - again one of the coolest couples we know, together with the ones named above. Sara and Markus live in Linköping, Sweden, and they have been following us since the start. Thank you so much not only for your contribution of the project, but also for all mental support you have been giving us. Så bra att ni finns, tack!!

    And then we come to one of our Moto Guzzi friends, Bertil Jäll. Bertil lives on the beautiful island of Gotland, the biggest Swedish island, which also offers A LOT of history. Bertil he is one of the Swedish Moto Guzzi Clubs representatives for the Eastern region of Sweden. Would you like to meet him and the rest of us at the club this summer? If you own a motorcycle, take it to Sweden and join us on one of the meetings! Tack så mycket för ditt stöd, Berra!!

    Last but absolutely not least in our top ten is Mikko's cousin Kristofer Sandberg from Stockholm, Sweden. As crazy as the rest of our family, he could not resist this project, and we are grateful for that. Tack så jättemycket, Kristofer!

    And what have we been up to since the project started? 

    We started preparing the renovation season 2015! We finally got to mark our scaffolding. "You did what?!" you might say now. Well, yes, markin our stuff is important, because if we are lucky, we can borrow some additional scaffolding for painting the rest of the railway side, and for taking down the windows on the upper level which need fixing. Then it might be nice to know for all parties involved, whose parts of the scaffolding are whose. 

    This was the first time since winter that we could work at the station, otherwise it is simply too cold in there. You see, why a heating and water system is much needed, so go and spread the word among your friends who might want to help us as well, so that we reach the target set for this campaign! :-) Then you can even visit us in winter time and watch the progress we make. 

    Again - a BIG THANK YOU for supporting us and giving us a great start!! 

    With lots of love, 

    Anja & Mikko