The ship lift at HMNB Clyde Faslane and its associated rail system of craddles can be seen from the hills around Gare Loch.
Interesting unknown engineering landmarks in the uk
How about Crofton Beam Engines? Oldest steam engine in the world still capable of performing the job it was built for.
Last summer, the electric pumps on the K&A broke down, and the volunteers fired up the engines to rescue stranded boaters.. I think British Waterways should just pay for them to run every weekend as a sort of hot stand by.
Can I make another polite request for kind folk to organise rides so as we can enjoy these structures? A culture ride, as it were.
I did and nobody turned up.
If anyone's still interested in seeing the UK's longest steam railway, the UK's only inland funicular railway, the UK's only current driven ferry and the Elan valley pipeline crossing the Severn on it's way to Brum all on one 35km ride, I'll give it another go.
The ground's drying up now. I'll check my diary and pick a Sunday when I'm not trailquesting or racing and see who else can make it.
MilitantGraham - oh, that must have been disappointing for you.
Do post up another date but with plenty of notice please.
Great thread. I am slowly exploring all this local to us, amazing feat(s) of engineering through the 40'-60's.
54 power stations, 78 dams and 300km+ of rock tunnels built....One book I read claims that a 3 mile tunnel, dug from both ends at once was less that 1/2" off maximum in any direction - remember this was all sighted and measured by eye and theodolite.
Who said 'green energy' is new or innovative - it is simple engineering.
Clicky for PDF of more.
Oh, and if anyone wants a ride to see a few, then my Hydro / Scotaland ride would be a goer...
er, possibly quite well known this one but as I've been lucky enough to be allowed inside I can testify its as cool as a Bond villains lair:-)
The MacLaren HQ in Woking.
The London Array...who says wind turbines look horrible?
and also for some reason the M6 at Shap...possibly cos it leads to some ace mountain biking territory
Wow - I was supposed to be vacuuming this afternoon, but have spent it looking at this thread. Fascinating, and I haven't managed to look at all the links properly - yet.
Here's a little one that fascinates me: The New River, runs from Hertford into North London, supplying drinking water. Originally ran by gravity but now some pumped sections.
If you go into Whitewebbs Park (Waltham Cross area, Herts) you can still see parts of the original river AND, still there, but not used (sorry, getting excited) - an iron acqueduct or flash.
One of the pumping stations is now Whitewebbs Museum.
It's very very exciting isn't it? I love all this kind of stuff. I'm going to lie down now.
I think that Skerryvore lighthouse trumps Bell Rock. A few year later, more exposed, bigger, equally epic effort to build it.
There's also a great little museum on Tiree at Hynish and in summer you can go on boat trips for the 20 mile each way trip to Skerryvore.
In the distance:
It never ceases to amaze me how they'd have built this (these actually as there are two of them)
Ladybower reservoir overflow holes.
Apparently a bloke wanted a water chute ride one day so went down one.
Water chute FAIL.
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