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Tuesday 29th

Fairburn Bridge
Crossing River Aire
If you join the northbound 'new' A1, from the junction with the M62, after passing FerryBridge Power Station, this bridge can be seen to the west (left) within a few hundred yards

Built circa 1839, for the York & North Midland Railway
It is built around skew-arches

North side ('Fairburn Ings')
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South side (closest to A1)
If you are so inclined, you can walk/ride back to Castleford from the far bank
First entering New Fryston, then down Wheldon Road, to Cas, arriving at the roundbout by 'Hartleys Bridge'
The footbridge is a different proposition alltogether, with a bike
Climbing the steel stairs wearing muddy/wet Sidi CX shoes concentrates the mind!!
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I believe it's listed, but can't find a listing

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/York_and_North_Midland_Railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_and_North_Midland_Railway

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6017622
https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6010377
 
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My bike on Sunday waiting for the next train in Freudenstadt, in the middle of the Black Forest. The tram in the background is part of the "Tram train" system radiating out of Karlsruhe, which used normal heavy rail tracks which are frequently shared with normal trains.

I caught a diesel from here to Offenburg right through the middle of the Black Forest, and then a regional train that bombed it down the valley to Freiburg.
 

robjh

Legendary Member
I rode to Land's End a couple of weeks ago and caught a train back. While I was waiting around Penzance station I took a photo of my train-to-be, a new Hitachi class 802. And for comparison, here is also one that I took earlier - 46 years earlier in fact in 1974, with my little Kodak Instamatic camera, which explains some of the blurriness.
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It's rather sobering to think that in 1974, had I been looking at a 46 year old photograph, it would have been from 1928.
 

VelvetUnderpants

Well-Known Member
I rode to Land's End a couple of weeks ago and caught a train back. While I was waiting around Penzance station I took a photo of my train-to-be, a new Hitachi class 802. And for comparison, here is also one that I took earlier - 46 years earlier in fact in 1974, with my little Kodak Instamatic camera, which explains some of the blurriness.
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It's rather sobering to think that in 1974, had I been looking at a 46 year old photograph, it would have been from 1928.
I prefer the Western on the front of a train, the sound of Maybach's at full throttle is second only to the roar of a Deltic.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rod4DuCr4
 

robjh

Legendary Member
I prefer the Western on the front of a train, the sound of Maybach's at full throttle is second only to the roar of a Deltic.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rod4DuCr4
As I was only 12 at the time I don't really remember the sound of the Westerns. I knew their days were numbered though and sensed they were something special. With my Dad we peeked in at Long Rock depot and saw one of the first 50s that would soon take over from them.
 

Mike_P

Veteran
Location
Harrogate
I tend to use this site, for my links
https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/
That is unofficial, the Historic England site @Badger_Boom linked to is the up to date official one. It could be the bridge was a Grade 3 listing; that listing was scrapped the buildings in question either made Grade 2 or de-listed.
 

Badger_Boom

Well-Known Member
Location
York
That's fair enough
It's just a guideline for reasons for listings mainly for me
He's right you know. The NHLE is the definitive statutory list of designated heritage assets, and it's quite handy that you can browse it at your leisure. You can also download the GIS data if you want to play with it (it get updated on a monthly basis I think).

In the course of checking your bridge I noticed that depressingly (or maybe predicatbly) the older bits of Ferrybridge Power Station are subject of a Certificate of Immunity from Listing making it easier to demolish them.
 
Taken beside the Haymarket depot. It’s the first time I have ever seen HST power units end to end like this. View attachment 552933
I've seen quite a few like that outside Old Oak Common depot, London. They are overhauled at a different location from the coaches, and so get separated before they head off. They don't have enough braking effort to be allowed to go on their own, so have to be loco hauled, which gives a very strange look indeed.
 

Landsurfer

Über Member
I've seen quite a few like that outside Old Oak Common depot, London. They are overhauled at a different location from the coaches, and so get separated before they head off. They don't have enough braking effort to be allowed to go on their own, so have to be loco hauled, which gives a very strange look indeed.
The big issue with the class 43 is that it has no sanders, traction or braking .... they struggle to get up long banks and passes in Scotland and Cornwall in the new "short rake" format ... And stop !!
 
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