The Anonymous Widower

We Think We Have Problems With Rail Viaducts

Some of the most impressive structures on the UK’s railways are the Victorian brick viaducts.

All of this small selection are still in use on the railways and are Grade II Listed or better.

Many have been renovated at great expense in the last few years and I was prompted to write this post after reading this article on the Network Rail web site, which is entitled Bridges improvement plan for Cheshire will revitalise landmarks. This is said.

Network Rail will refurbish four bridges and two viaducts during an 11-day closure of the Crewe to Manchester and Sandbach to Northwich railway lines, from 13 to 24 February 2016.

The vital work will make the railway safer and more reliable for passengers, motorists, pedestrians and canal users across the county.

Two of Cheshire’s most well-known architectural landmarks, the Grade-II listed viaducts at Holmes Chapel and Peover, will have a full makeover as part of the programme. Water stains on the walls of both viaducts will be removed, damaged brickwork repaired and both structures waterproofed.

At the same time, Network Rail engineers will undertake strengthening work to the Hungerford Road bridge in Crewe, Shipbrook Road bridge in Rudheath, and to the Whatcroft underbridge and the Trent and Mersey Canal bridge in Davenham.

In some ways all this work is a tribute to those Victorian engineers and bricklayers, who designed and built them in the first place.

But it’s an awful lot of work to do!

So I asked myself, if these structures are a uniquely British heritage.

Google and Wikipedia revealed this article about the Göltzsch Viaduct on the Liepzig-Hof Line in Germany. This is said.

It is the largest brick-built bridge in the world, and for a time it was the tallest railway bridge in the world.

As you can get a direct train from Liepzip to Hof, I think, it is still one very much in use.

I think next tme, that I’m in the area, I shall visit.

 

 

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Brexit Referendum Betting Odds

This is a log of the Brexit Referendum Betting Odds or Oddschecker.

  • February 20th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 5/2
  • February 21st – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • February 22nd – Stay 2/5 – Leave 15/8 – Boris comes out!
  • February 23rd – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10 – Business leaders letter in Times
  • February 24th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • February 25th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • February 26th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • February 27th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • February 28th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • February 29th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • March 1st – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • March 2nd – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • March 3rd – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • March 4th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 5th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 6th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 7th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 8th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 9th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 10th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • March 11th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • March 12th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • March 13th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • March 14th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • March 15th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • March 16th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • March 17th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 2/1 – Budget on the 16th
  • March 18th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 21/10
  • March 19th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 21/10
  • March 20th – Stay 3/8 – Leave 2/1 – DLS Resigns
  • March 21st – Stay 3/8 – Leave 2/1
  • March 22nd – Stay 7/19 – Leave 2/1
  • March 23rd – Stay 4/9 – Leave 15/8 – Brussels Attacks
  • March 24th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 15/8
  • March 25th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 15/8
  • March 26th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • March 27th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 15/8
  • March 28th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 15/8
  • March 29th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 15/8
  • March 30th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 15/8
  • March 31st – Stay 4/9 – Leave 15/8
  • April 1st – Stay 2/5 – Leave 15/8
  • April 2nd – Stay 2/5 – Leave 2/1
  • April 3rd – Stay 2/5 – Leave 2/1
  • April 4th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 2/1
  • April 5th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 6th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 7th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 8th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 9th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 10th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 11th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 12th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 13th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 14th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10 – Corbyn comes off the fence
  • April 15th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10
  • April 16th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10
  • April 17th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10
  • April 18th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 21/10
  • April 19th – Stay 1/2 – Leave 21/10 – Gove speaks
  • April 20th – Stay 1/2 – Leave 15/8
  • April 21st – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1
  • April 22nd – Stay 4/9 – Leave 2/1 – Obama speaks
  • April 23rd – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • April 24th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • April 25th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 13/5
  • April 26th – Stay 2/7 – Leave 3/1
  • April 27th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • April 28th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • April 29th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • April 30th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • May 1st – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • May 2nd – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • May 3rd – Stat 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • May 4th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • May 5th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 23/10
  • May 6th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • May 7th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • May 8th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • May 9th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 13/5
  • May 10th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 13/5
  • May 11th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 13/5
  • May 12th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 13/5
  • May 13th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 13/5
  • May 14th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 12/5
  • May 15th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 12/5
  • May 16th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • May 17th – Stay 3/10 – Leave 11/4
  • May 18th – Stay 2/7 – Leave 11/4
  • May 19th – Stay 2/7 – Leave 16/5
  • May 20th – Stay 2/7 – Leave 15/4
  • May 21st – Stay 2/9 – Leave 4/1
  • May 22nd – Stay 2/9 – Leave 15/4
  • May 23rd – Stay 2/9 – Leave 7/2
  • May 24th – Stay 2/11 – Leave 4/1
  • May 25th – Stay 2/11 – Leave 4/1
  • May 26th – Stay 2/11 – Leave 9/2
  • May 27th – Stat 1/6 – Leave 17/4
  • May 28th – Stay 1/6 – Leave 4/1
  • May 29th – Stay 1/5 – Leave 4/1
  • May 30th – Stay 1/5 – Leave 4/1
  • May 31st – Stay 2/9 – Leave 4/1
  • June 1st – Stay 3/10 – Leave 16/5
  • June 2nd – Stay 3/10 – Leave 11/4
  • June 3rd – Stay 1/3 – Leave 11/4
  • June 4th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 5/2
  • June 5th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • June 6th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • June 7th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • June 8th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 5/2
  • June 9th – Stay 1/3 – Leave 11/4
  • June 10th – Stay 3/10 – Leave 11/4
  • June 11th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 9/4
  • June 12th – Stay 2/5 – Leave 9/4
  • June 13th – Stay 5/12 – Leave 2/1
  • June 14th – Stay 4/7 – Leave 7/4
  • June 15th – Stay 8/13 – Leave 7/5
  • June 16th – Stay 6/11 – Leave 13/8
  • June 17th – Stay 1/2 – Leave 13/8
  • June 18th – Stay 8/15 – Leave 7/4 – The assassination of Jo Cox
  • June 19th – Stay 4/9 – Leave 9/4
  • June 20th – Stay 4/11 – Leave 12/5
  • June 21st – Stay 1/4 – Leave 3/1
  • June 22nd – Stay 2/7 – Leave 3/1
  • June 23rd – Stay 3/10 – Leave 10/3

I shall let the figures do the talking.

February 21, 2016 Posted by | World | , | 3 Comments