Claughton Brickworks Aerial Ropeway - January 2018
Claughton Brickworks Aerial Ropeway - January 2018
Claughton Brickworks, near Caton east of Lancaster, has the UK's last working gravity powered aerial ropeway. The first batch of images are at the brickworks in the bottom of the Lune valley. The later batch are near the clay pit/quarry on Claughton Moor some 800 feet higher.
See also two Youtube videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZSI8PTDlXc and www.youtube.com/watch?v=443_gf7J6NU
All images taken by myself on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Thirlmere Aqueduct - January 2018
Thirlmere Aqueduct - January 2018
The Thirlmere Aqueduct is a 96-mile long water supply system built by the Manchester Corporation Water Works between 1890 and 1925. The aqueduct was built to carry approximately 55,000,000 imperial gallons per day of water from Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District to Manchester.
The majority of the aqueduct was built by cut-and-cover and so is only just below ground level. To ensure continuous access by maintenance staff, in most places where the route crossed a road or field boundary, a gate was built. These have a characteristic construction with stone stoops and iron gate, with spiked staves.
There are also a large number of valve houses, each built of stone and with a green painted door.
The MCWW TA (as displayed on pretty much every piece of hardware) also has some interesting engineering structures on the route, but some are in very out-of-the-way places such as this bridge which is a mile from the nearest road, only accessible today via muddy footpaths!
Though carried across this bridge in pipes, the main run of the aqueduct is either in tunnel or, mostly, cut-and-cover.
All photos taken by myself on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Porthmadog and Beddgelert - March 2018
Porthmadog and Beddgelert - March 2018
A selection from this weekend's trip with friends to Portmeirion. This batch concentrates on Porthmadog, Beddgelert and the trains we caught to get between the two.
See here for photos of Portmeirion itself, or here for photos of a visit I made to the Sygun Copper Mine on the Monday.
Portmeirion - March 2018
Portmeirion - March 2018
A selection of shots from a three night visit to Portmeirion, 23 to 26/03/2018. See here for photos of Porthmadog and Beddgelert from the same weekend, and here for photos of the Sygun Copper Mine which I visited on the Monday.
One of the advantages of staying as a resident, in one of the cottages, rather than just as a day visitor, is that you get to see the place outside normal opening hours, when it is much quieter - I think it gives a completely different feel to the place. I was staying in "Chantry", which I think has the best views of the Central Piazza - better than you can see from any public place. It also has a nice private area at the front, very pleasant for a relaxing drink or read and taking in the rays - as we did on this unexpectedly sunny weekend.
Sygun Copper Mine - March 2018
Sygun Copper Mine - March 2018
Heading home from Portmeirion I visited the Sygun Copper Mine, which is about a mile east of Beddgelert on the A498. Very interesting, though quite a climb inside the mountain! No individual captions as the photos are self-explanatory.
Preston Brook - May 2018
Preston Brook - May 2018
Destination for a pleasant cycle ride this afternoon - about 34 miles, out along the Bridgewater Canal, back so far along the canal then along the Transpennine Trail.
Preston Brook is not far from Runcorn, and is the junction between the Bridgewater Canal (opened in the 1760s between Manchester and the river Mersey at Runcorn) and the Trent & Mersey Canal (opened in 1777 between here and Shardlow on the River Trent). Strictly the junction and change of ownership is just north of the tunnel mouth.
My railway friends will know that the adjacent West Coast Main Line (WCML) runs through the area, but with a rather shorter tunnel (78 yards instead of 1244 yards).
C&HPR Walk - June 2018
C&HPR Walk - June 2018
Cromford & High Peak Railway Walk - Burbage to Whaley Bridge
I walked 12 miles today 10/06/2018 from Buxton to Whaley Bridge, as far as possible along the alignment of the Cromford & High Peak Railway (CHPR), which (except for a short stretch at Whaley Bridge) closed over this section in 1892. It opened in 1830/1831. This section is much less well known than the sections nearer Cromford.
The first part of the walk was through the back streets of Buxton then onto the quiet lanes in Burbage. A steep pubic footpath leads over the hill to the north end of Buxton (or Burbage) tunnel. Just to get here required a net climb of over 450 ft in 3 miles, but most of the rest of the route is flat or downhill. At this point the railway was 1254 ft above sea level.
The line was mostly level, with engine-worked inclined planes at Bunsall (originally two inclines, later combined) (457 ft total descent), Shalcross (240 ft) and Whaley Bridge (40 ft).
Brennero - August 2018
Brennero - August 2018
All these photographs were taken by myself between 10:00 and 12:00 local time at Brennero (Italian name) / Brenner (Austrian name). Brennero is just on the Italian side of the border with Austria and is at 1371 m (4498 ft) above sea level. The station runs approximately north (towards Austria) - south (Italy) and is approached by long gradients as steep as 2.5%. All freight and passenger trains are electrically operated. Due to the different overhead electric supply systems (15 kV 16.7 Hz in Austria, 3 kV dc in Italy) there is a dead section halfway along the platforms. Some locomotives are suitable for both systems (e.g. Siemens classes 1216 and 193, Bombardier class 186), others must be shunted back to their own end of the station. Most freight trains are hauled by two locomotives, or one at the head and one at the rear. Apologies, the lighting conditions were not ideal due to the strong sunlight and deep shadows.
Detailed descriptions against each photograph.
Afternoon Walk to Shining Tor - December 2018
Afternoon Walk to Shining Tor - December 2018
I fancied a walk this afternoon so I drove the car the 25 miles from home to Errwood Reservoir in the Goyt Valley. Weather was cool but no wind, but I was concerned about the possibility of low cloud. I used these walking directions. Total about 7 miles and about 750 feet of ascent. Shining Tor is the highest point of modern Cheshire at 559 m (1,834 ft).