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« on: December 30, 2021, 02:48:16 pm »

rail bridge construction work on the Stroudwater canal with some film footage
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2021, 06:08:36 pm »

Regular updates here  (and on Facebook for those that do that sort of thing).
At the current rate of progress it looks as though they'll finish with a respectable amount of time in hand.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2021, 06:34:55 pm »

I remember when it was all fields round there...

I also remember walking along the old railway when there were piles of old sleepers and a bridge with what looked to my small eyes like huge gaps that we jumped over. It scared me, but none of us ever fell through!

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2021, 06:53:57 pm »

It's good to see a project that's going well - fingers crossed for successful completion on time.

The posting Ocean Railway Bridge Update #9 includes a photograph showing a big crane with a lattice-work jib, and also mentions successfully avoiding wind risk: "Whilst windy, the winds were under the operating threshold of the crane."  I was interested to hear an expansion on this point from a member of the Cotswold Canals Trust at yesterday's meeting of the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology.  He explained that the lattice-work crane was especially chosen to try to avoid delay from strong winds.  Most big cranes have a solid (tubular) jib but this has a lower wind tolerance.  It would have been bad if the line closure had to overrun due to a bit of winter wind, so a scarcer lattice crane was chosen to reduce risk of delay.

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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2021, 10:09:32 pm »

Having been a member of the Cotswolds Canals Trust for most of the current millennium and having an interest in it's restoration since the 1970s,, I'm delighted (to put it mildly) at the work being done there.
Back in November I had one of my occasional visits to have a look at general restoration progress between Stonehouse and Brimscombe and the vegetation clearance was already well progressed at Ocean Bridge.
I feel another visit coming on soon.

BTW (by the way)...I can only imagine that calling the bridgeside canal pound "The Ocean" was done with tongue firmly in cheek.
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