MSC Railway Deviations
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The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36 mile waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester to the Irish Sea. Construction began in 1887 and the canal opened in January 1894. See separate album collecting together all my Manchester Ship Canal photos.
Of particular interest to me are the bridges provided by the Ship Canal Company for the five railway lines that cross the route of the Canal. These were termed "Railway Deviations" and were numbered from No.1 in the west to No.5 to the east. In each case the railway companies forced the Canal company to build the new railway bridges and associated embankments, and test them as satisfactory, before the old routes could be taken out of use. This of course meant that both routes had to co-exist, and in turn this means that significant sections of the original routes are still visible to this day - despite the fact they were closed to through traffic in 1893.
This album collects together photos I have taken of the Railway Deviations and the original, pre-1893, alignments.
June 2020
2020 / June 2020
Photos taken in June 2020.
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2007 / 86101
During late 2006 and early 2007, 86101 was prepared at Barrow Hill for main line running. On 12 March 2007 86101 was moved from Barrow Hill to Crewe LNWR for power testing, then the loco ran to Stafford and back as a light engine test run, thus becoming the first ever preserved AC electric locomotive to run under its own power on the UK main line railway. On 24 March 2007 86101 hauled the Compass Tours "Ynys Mon Express" railatour from Carlisle to Crewe and return, so becoming the first preserved AC electric locomotive to work a passenger train in the UK.