Railway Pictures

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby Mick F » 20 Jan 2012, 1:42pm

Here's an interesting monument.
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"What's this got to do with railways?" I hear you ask.

It's a monument near the top of Gunnislake Hill - and we lived opposite it for a dozen years.

The inscription tells of the coronation of George V of course, but the rest of it is to do with the demise of the mining industry here in the valley and the coming of the railways.

The railway from Bere Alston on the Southern Line from Plymouth to London via Okehampton was connected up to a new single-working line to Callington via Gunnislake. The line was finished in 1911 and was the very last railway line built during the steam era. In order for the line to be built, they had to cross the main A390 road, and this entailed the altering of the gradient under the level of the line and the new bridge. This must have been a mammoth task.

Although the coming of the railway heralded new industries of flowers and soft fruit having fast transport to Covent Garden it was preceded by unemployment, misery and poverty. The mining boom had gone and the old mineral railway lines dug up and a spanking new standard gauge railway put in its place. Gradients were altered, curves too, and bridges had to be widened and strengthened.

The labour for all this was imported and with locals too, but there was much bad feeling that the old ways had gone - including all the old mineral lines.

50 odd years later, the Beeching Axe terminated the line at Gunnislake, and in the 1990s the bridge over the A390 was taken away after a new station was built on the south side of the road on the site of the old coal yard.

If anyone climbs Gunnislake Hill on their way to LE, pull off at the monument and give those old unemployed miners and poverty stricken families a little thought.
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby horizon » 20 Jan 2012, 2:45pm

fausto copy wrote:Nice one Pete, but can't help wondering where you were really heading for before you ended up in Seattle. :wink:


Actually Settle, from Leeds. Phew, that day went really wrong.
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby PJ520 » 20 Jan 2012, 3:02pm

Settle - Seattle it's so easy to confuse the two. Settle has the Ribble on its periphery, Seattle has Puget Sound. Settle has Buck Haw Brow just outside, Seattle has Mt Rainier. Settle has the Keighley Kendal Turnpike, Seattle in an effort to catch up is bringing toll roads (bridges actually) back. (Nobody told them you don't pay tolls on the KK.) You get the picture
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby loafer » 21 Jan 2012, 9:26pm

guess where ... :lol:
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby JohnW » 21 Jan 2012, 9:34pm

loafer wrote:guess where ... :lol:
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Heaven? - except on busy days when there's more cars parked up there than can get into London - and what is, in my opinion, the world's greasiest greasy spoon tea wagon. If you're up there and have ridden from Hawes or Ingleton - carry on down Ribblesdale to the Blind Beck Cafe at Horton - or if you've come up Ribblesdale, have a bonk ration and go on down to Hawes.

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby PJ520 » 22 Jan 2012, 12:21am

Here's one that has a railway in it. The Yakima Gorge in central Washington State. The road is on the other side of the river.
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And here's one looking the other way that should be in Tranquil Places. The railway is on the right but it cuts the corner and you can't see it.

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby JohnW » 22 Jan 2012, 11:30am

Pete Jack wrote:And here's one looking the other way that should be in Tranquil Places. The railway is on the right but it cuts the corner and you can't see it.

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Impressive rock formations there.

I hope you've taken your bike on this adventure.

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby PJ520 » 22 Jan 2012, 4:11pm

I hope you've taken your bike on this adventure.

I certainly did http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=9648&v=Lx
Geologically this place is quite interesting. According to a roadside plaque the Gorge is supposed to be as old as the Grand Canyon only as the river has cut down the land underneath it has been rising up and the hills weathering away. This sounds a bit odd but this part of the world is seismically very active being on the edge of the famous Ring of Fire.
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby ferrit worrier » 25 Jan 2012, 8:55pm

llangollen Sept 2008

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby cycleruk » 27 Jan 2012, 3:47pm

South Tynedale Railway at Alston.
There's also a cycle museum next to it.

http://www.strps.org.uk/

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby iandriver » 27 Jan 2012, 6:18pm

Excellent pasties and cake at the North Norfolk Railway in Sheringham.
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby Si » 27 Jan 2012, 8:15pm

D'oh, I seem to have lost my pics of the GWR pannier tank that I got while riding the Mercian Way. It's an excellent path - runs in part right along side the Severn Valley railway and you can get great photos of the trains as they go past (although, unfortunately the path is not wide enough to race them safely).

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby ferrit worrier » 28 Jan 2012, 7:32am

Si wrote:D'oh, I seem to have lost my pics of the GWR pannier tank that I got while riding the Mercian Way. It's an excellent path - runs in part right along side the Severn Valley railway and you can get great photos of the trains as they go past (although, unfortunately the path is not wide enough to race them safely).


PM me with your email and I'll send you the full file about 2mb I think, anyone else while I'm at it :D
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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby Si » 28 Jan 2012, 2:15pm

cheers FW - but it's OK, I just wanted mine so that I could post them here.

I was horrified the other day to find that you have to pay and be escorted to go in the sheds now! H&S gorn mad :wink: ...when we was kids we used to use the Bridgnorth shed as a play ground.

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Re: Railway Pictures

Postby DavidT » 28 Jan 2012, 7:23pm

Si wrote: I was horrified the other day to find that you have to pay and be escorted to go in the sheds now! H&S gorn mad :wink: ...when we was kids we used to use the Bridgnorth shed as a play ground.


They are probably worried about being sued at the drop of a hat (or more likely a wrench...) and the insurance company don't like the idea. H&S gone mad, or all of us that make up our society who are nowadays so keen to get those claims in? :wink: However, I don't want to derail the thread (pun intended), there's some good photo's here. :D