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PostSubject: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Thu 21 Dec 2017, 18:23

From eight years to eighty, this entire family has been enthralled by the engineering feats of the new Crossrail tunnel - especially the part beneath Oxford Street -  pricey cement with a 2hour life getting along it during rush hour in relay, the meeting of tunnels beneath, getting equipment down  'mole holes' and fitting huge pieces like giant Lego with London barely knowing what was going on. Impressive 4 hours of viewing with our wonder and admiration. Thus it must have been for many other railways - but possibly not so well recorded. Thumbs up for engineers!
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Fri 22 Dec 2017, 21:25

Brunel's Great Western Railway line from London to Bristol necessitated the excavation of a 3km long tunnel under Box Hill 10km NE of the city of Bath. For speed the tunnel was dug from each end and outwards from the base of six shafts up to 90m deep. All the excavations linked up correctly to give a dead-straight tunnel with a steady 1 in 100 gradient. So straight is the tunnel that twice a year, usually round about 6 April and 5 September (it varies year to year and in particular depends on whether it's a leap year) the rising sun shines down the entire tunnel length.

It has been claimed that Brunel specifically designed it like this to mark his birthday ... but that is actually on April 9th. And of course credit for the tunnel's construction should really be given, not to Brunel, but to the on-site engineering manager, Samuel Hansard Yockney and all his navvies, who were working for the civil engineering company of George Burge Ltd of Herne Bay.
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 13:41

Trestle bridge in the Sierra Nevada mountains, on the Central Pacific Railroad, circa 1869.

Note the Chinese workers;

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 14:04

Trike,

Somewhere I read that at least the contracts under which the latter if perhaps not the early Chinese workers were employed, said that their payment wasn't due until their time was up.

As a matter of fact the safety regulations weren't really up  to date, and the working conditions caused plenty of accidents, leaving quite a few of the workers either disabled or dead.

This lead to the contractors keeping much if not all of the so far unpaid wages, as the Chinese workers 'didn't fulfill their part of the contract'.

Alas my source is forgotten, but I recall that it concluded 'the dead and disabled workers actually paid for much of the building of these railroads.'

I just hope my memory serves me right, and I haven't maligned anyone unjustly.


Edited because of spelling


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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 14:20

Neilsen,

Here's an article about Chinese workers on the Central Pacific.

It says they were paid monthly.

Though payment due at end of contract sounds like the kind of sharp practice some of the 19th century Railway Barons would use.

Some good photos as well:



CPRR; Chinese
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 17:20

I think this must be a candidate for a "remarkable railway".

http://www.urban75.org/railway/brighton-sea-railway.html
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 11:13

Thameslink which runs North/South across London to Crossrail's East/West;

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 11:39

Planned to be operational in 2027, Japan's Maglev train ( Magnetic Levitation ):

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 12:12

Made famous by the Harry Potter films, the Glenfinnan Viaduct has 21 arches:

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 12:33

The Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle line in West Yorkshire has 24 arches:



Nowadays the viaduct stands in splendid wild isolation with just a solitary pub, a couple of farms and a small chapel as the only buildings for miles around, but the site was a hive of activity during its construction (1870-75). Although once home to a couple of thousand people, there are few remains today of the navvy shanty settlements that had sprung up next to the viaduct, and which were named by their inhabitants: Jericho, Sebastopol, Belgravia and Batty Wife. But there are the graves of about one hundred men, as well as those of a few of the accompanying women and children, buried in the small churchyard.

Here's the viaduct during construction with part of the camps just visible beyond the worksite at the right:



Then just a few miles further north on the same Settle-Carlisle line there's the 2.4km long Blea Moor Tunnel, and then immediately after that there are two more impressive viaducts at Dent Head and Arten Gill:






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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 13:23

Of course if we're comparing viaducts by the number of their arches, the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick has 28:

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 13:31

These views are 'Doin' me 'ead in,' to quote the lady wot does for me..... I find these several pics of viaducts  very beautiful. Why? I wonder.
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 13:51

I think there is something aesthetically pleasing about a viaduct.

The Balcombe Viaduct over the Ouse on the Brighton line:

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 17 Jan 2018, 13:56

A road rather than a railway. The Millau Viaduct in Southern France, really spectacular views:

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Mon 29 Jan 2018, 15:57

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Mon 29 Jan 2018, 18:43

couple of unusual sights here - https://www.plaskynastoncanalgroup.org/pontcysyllte/ - including the aqueduct and viaduct at Chirk.
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Tue 30 Jan 2018, 08:25

@Triceratops wrote:
Eccentric indeed:

Biggest little railway in the World


I begs your pudding! It's been a fascinating programme (series ends next weekend unfortunately). The advance team doing the structural engineering solutions for getting over streams, up steep inclines, over weirs and canals etc, with nothing but sheets of plywood, a jigsaw, and a lot of imagination are my favourites - though to be honest everyone is coming out of it well.





A helix to help get them up the scale equivalent of "Mount Snowdon on top of another Mount Snowdon" ... the exit track is part of what had previously served to get the Silver Lady over a canal.
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Tue 30 Jan 2018, 15:28

I never realised that it was shown in Norway. Do you get the Portillo train journeys as well? The current one is set in New England & Canada. Last week it took in the Cog Railway running up Mount Washington NH.
This one in Switzerland is even steeper:

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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Wed 31 Jan 2018, 10:25

There's a website I found (not sure how legal it is) that streams all the main UK channels in real-time. If Portillo is currently showing then I should be able to see it, though I can't stand the lad (smug, lousy political views, and a little too dishonest for my liking) and am not much of a "Great Railway Journeys" type buff either. However I'll give it a go.

I liked Paul Theroux's two railway journey books from the 70s however - The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) and The Old Patagonian Express (1979). Of course with a book one has to imagine the scenery ...
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Tue 06 Feb 2018, 08:48

The Silver Lady made it to Inverness in Sunday's episode and pulled in to the newly constructed Flora McDonald Grand Central Station bang on schedule.



I'll miss that programme ...
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PostSubject: Re: Crossrail and other Remarkable Railways   Tue 06 Feb 2018, 15:43

Yes, I watched it as well just to see how it finished.

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