Triplex Traffic HE65
This bollard came from Claire Pendrous, and entered the Collection on Sunday, 22nd January 2006. It was originally located on Park Lane in Wolverhampton, and was sign unit number ten on the road (though originally it was number 28). This is probably my oldest bollard to date - it is of a steel construction, with fibreglass panels to allow light to escape where necessary. Following the closure of the Triplex Traffic factory in the early 2000s, production of former TT products continued, by Pudsey Diamond, and astoundingly, steel bollard construction continued until at least 2007.
Considering the bollard's age, it is in fairly good condition. Rust has developed in places, mainly on the top and bottom of the unit. The lower patches might just paint over, however the ones on top will need to be rubbed down first. The top panel can be removed, which should make this easier. These are the only bollards I know of which taper towards the bottom - usually this is towards the top.
The bollard has an access door around the back. This is removed by unlocking two bolts on either side and lifting it upwards. The Triplex sticker is still in place, though it is heavily weathered.
This closeup shows the sticker in better detail. Even though this type of bollard is no longer made, the image of one still appears on modern Triplex stickers. The triangular sticker below shows that Triplex were members of ARTSM - the Association for Road Traffic Safety and Management when this bollard was made.
The vertical lighting spine was missing from this example, however one will be fitted as part of the bollard's restoration.
The top panel is held in place with two wingnuts, the larger of which is seized for the time being, causing the panel to wobble about.
I was keen to see how much light the fibreglass panels allowed out, so I placed a signlight and a spotlight inside the bollard to test it.
Without a flash, it can be seen that actually quite a bit of light could escape. The bollard's old identification number can be seen behind the present one.
This base unit was also included, though it was not used to support this particular example. I believe it may have been used to support a modern uplighter type of bollard, however it can be used with this one by removing the four horizontal-facing bolts and removing the top ring. The holes in the shell then line up with the bolt holes, and the bolts can be refitted and tightened to hold the bollard in place.
A suitable lighting stem was found and then fitted to the bollard on Tuesday, 12th September 2006. Even with relatively new tubes, I was surprised at how dim the panels on the bollard were in comparison to my other units. The bollard was actually brighter with the desklamp and signlight fitted than it was with the stem!
Just the restoration left to complete now!
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