Isle of Man - July 2019
2019 / Isle of Man - July 2019
These photographs were taken during a business trip to the Isle of Man in July 2019.
Isle of Man - September 2019
2019 / Isle of Man - September 2019
These photographs were taken during a business trip to the Isle of Man in September 2019.
Romania - September 2019
2019 / Romania - September 2019
Passing through Romania on the way to the PTG "Clear Moldova" tour.
Moldova - September 2019
2019 / Moldova - September 2019
Photos of Moldova, mostly taken from the excellent PTG "Clear Moldova" railtour.
Claughton Brickworks Aerial Ropeway - January 2018
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
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.
Lancaster Canal in Whittle-le-Woods - January 2017
2017 / Lancaster Canal in Whittle-le-Woods - January 2017
The South End of the Lancaster Canal opened in stages between 1803 and 1810 from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal (at the foot of Johnson's Hillock Locks) to the interchange basin with the Lancaster Canal Tram Road at Walton Summit. It last carried commercial traffic in 1932 and was officially abandoned in the 1960s to allow the M61 Motorway to cross the route in three places without the need for bridges.
The half mile section through Whittle-le-Woods has plenty of interest as can be seen in these photographs. The quarries here were an early source of traffic for the canal.
The two tunnels were originally built as one longer tunnel but this collapsed in 1830, and was replaced by two shorter tunnels.
Mam Tor area - April 2017
2017 / Mam Tor area - April 2017
A bit of industrial archaeology on the way home from Barrow Hill this evening - all photos taken along the old Mam Tor road, near the Treak Cliff Cavern.
Bole Hill and Millstone Quarries - June/July 2017
2017 / Bole Hill and Millstone Quarries - June/July 2017
Two afternoon walks to explore quarries in the Derwent Valley area. Bole Hill Quarry provided most of the stone for the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs via an inclined plane down to the Hope Valley Line. More information on Bole Hill Quarry can be found here.
Near "Surprise View" on the A6187 there was a quarry that produced mill stones; many were simply abandoned in situ.
Thirlmere Aqueduct
Thirlmere Aqueduct
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, a few of which are pictured here.