Saturday, 28 October 2017

The Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire.

The Ribblehead Viaduct is a set of pictures taken in April 2015 using a Polaroid is2132 digital bridge camera. The impressive structure is somewhere I had wanted to visit for a while and I was in nearby Kirkby Lonsdale when I got the chance. The viaduct is also known as Batty Moss and it is located approx. 13 miles north of Settle and 73 miles south of Carlisle on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. There is the Ribblehead Railway Station adjacent to the viaduct which is a train ride of approx. 1hour 20mins from Leeds Railway Station and the B6255 road linking Hawes with Ingleton passes the viaduct. There are a total of 21 images available to view taken at the viaduct which are split into 2 different sets. Set 1 can be seen here and on Flickr.

Ribblehead (Batty Moss) Viaduct, North Yorkshire.
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The following information was taken from Wikipedia and can be seen by clicking here.

The viaduct was designed by engineer John SydneyCrossley. The first stone was laid on 12 October 1870 and the last in 1874. One thousand navvies built the viaduct and established shanty towns on the moors for themselves and their families. They named the towns after Crimean War victories, well-to-do districts of London and biblical names. There were smallpox epidemics and deaths from industrial accidents. Around one hundred navvies were killed during its construction. There are around 200 burials of men, women, and children in the graveyard at Chapel-le-Dale dating from the time of its construction. The church has a memorial to the railway workers.
The line over the bridge was opened to goods traffic on 3 August 1875, but passenger trains did not commence running until 1 May 1876, following approval of the works by Colonel F. H. Rich, an Inspecting Officer of the Board of Trade.
In 1964, several brand new Humber cars landed on the ground after being blown off their wagons while being carried over the viaduct on a freight train.

Ribblehead Viaduct 2

Again the following was taken from Wikipedia,

Ribblehead Viaduct is 440 yards (400 m) long, and 104 feet (32 m) above the valley floor at its highest point. It is made up of twenty-four arches of 45 feet (14 m) span, with foundations 25 feet (7.6 m) deep. Every 6th pier is 50% thicker to mitigate against complete collapse should any pier fail. The north end of the viaduct is 13 feet (4.0 m) higher in elevation than the south end leading to a gradient of 1:100. 1.5 million bricks were used in the construction and some of the limestone blocks weigh 8 tons each.

Ribblehead Viaduct is the longest on the Settle–Carlisle Railway. Ribblehead railway station is less than half a mile to the south and to the north is the Blea Moor Tunnel, the longest tunnel on the line. It is near the foot of Whernside.
The Settle–Carlisle Line is one of three north–south main lines, along with the West Coast Main Line through Penrith and the East Coast Main Line via Newcastle. British Rail attempted to close the line in the 1980s, citing the reason that the viaduct was unsafe and would be expensive to repair. A partial solution was to single the line across the viaduct in 1985, preventing two trains from crossing simultaneously. A 30 mph speed limit is also in force. The closure proposals generated tremendous protest and were eventually retracted. The viaduct, along with the rest of the line, was repaired and maintained and there are no longer any plans to close it.
Two taller viaducts on the route are Smardale Viaduct at 131 feet (40 m) high and near to Crosby Garrett, and Arten Gill at 117 feet (36 m).

The Station Inn and Wherndale Peak.

And finally this from Wikipedia.

In 2016 the line and viaduct carries seven passenger trains from Leeds to Carlisle per day in each direction, plus periodic long-distance excursions, many hauled by steam locomotives. Regular diesel-hauled heavy freight trains also use the route to help reduce congestion on the West Coast Main Line. Colas Rail operate a timber train most Friday afternoons which passes over the Viaduct when it departs its yard opposite Ribblehead railway station. The combination of the rarely seen timber train and the British Rail Class 56 locomotives used to pull the train has built quite an enthusiastic following. Another regular traffic flow to use it is the limestone aggregate train from Arcow quarry sidings (near Horton-in-Ribblesdale), which runs to various stone terminals in the Leeds and Manchester areas on different days – this has to reverse in the goods loop at Blea Moor signal box (north of the viaduct) because the connection from the quarry sidings to the main line faces north.

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Ribblehead Viaduct, A Tribute.
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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The M6 Through Cumbria in to Scotland.

A new time lapse video filmed on my dash cam on probably one of the most scenic stretchers of motorway in the United Kingdom. The film starts as I was passing Burton in Kendall services which is just inside the Cumbria border with Lancashire and carries on for approx. the next 75 miles up to junction 20 of the A74(m) Nr Eaglesfield, Scotland. Sadly on the day the weather was pretty poor but there are stills sights to view including crossing over Shap and some of the hills and mountains as we pass through the edges of the Lake District. A couple of points of interest along the route is the climb up to Shap summit and the run back down again and crossing the Scottish border.

The footage was filmed for approx. 1hour 20 minutes but I have sped it up by 10 so the 75 miles were in effect covered in just 8 minutes by my truck. It was filmed on a Vivitar DVR 783HD waterproof action cam on Monday 16th October 2017. It can be viewed either here or on YouTube.

I see these Dash Cam and scenic view films as an extension of my photography and I am just trying something different so I hope there of interest to people as well as my self. The camera was fixed in to a straight ahead north facing position on this occasion but on some of the other video I have yet to upload I have fixed it at an angle to show off more of the scenery.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Walsden Railway Station, West Yorkshire.

Walsden Railway serves the community of Walsden, Nr Todmorden, West Yorkshire. It's the 2nd station to serve the village opening in September 1990 replacing the one closed on the 6th August 1961. The original station opened in 1845 and the iron footbridge built in 1890 is the only remaining part of the original station left. The station is situated alongside the A6033 Rochdale Road and the Winterbutlee Tunnel is within a few hundred metres of the station. There is a stream that runs under the bridge and station which has led to the station flooding on numerous occasions. The following information I found on Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion about a couple of tragedies at or near the station. A boy was killed crossing the line in 1864. A girl was killed on the level-crossing on 20th October 1864, One man was killed and two injured by an express train on 3rd October 1896.

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Walsden Railway Station, West Yorkshire

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The picture shows a pacer train exiting the Winterbutlee Tunnel taken from the bridge.

Taken from Platform 1 looking across to the end of Platform 2.

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The picture has all the colour removed apart from yellow and shows a pacer train waiting at platform 2 waiting for passengers to embark.

The picture shows the entrance to Winterbutlee Tunnel taken through the fence of the bridge.

The picture shows the steps up to the iron bridge which was built in 1890 and is all that remains of the original station.

I took this from the end of platform1 looking underneath the bridge and towards Winterbutlee Tunnel.

Taken from below the steps of the iron bridge just as a Manchester bound train was passing underneath.

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Sprinter Train at Walsden.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Scammonden, Scenic Videos.

I was recently passing near to Scammonden and stopped off to film a few different views from the bridge and nearby. The bridge is known by 3 different names those being Scammonden after the nearby village flooded during the motorway and dam construction, Rainbow Bridge, and locally as Brown Cow Bridge after the now closed nearby inn.

The bridge carries the B6114 road over the motorway crossing the M62 at over 310 metres above sea level and gets very windy at times. When it opened the nearby school (now closed) had to provide taxi for children to cross the bridge as it was deemed unsafe for them to do so when windy. The M62 that runs beneath the bridge connects Liverpool with Hull in the north of England and just to the west of here is the highest stretch of motorway in England.

Points of interest in the videos are Stott Hall Farm, an overflowing Booth Wood Reservoir, Scammonden Dam and the outstanding natural views of the area.

The videos are the same and feature 8 different views from the area, but film 1 is timelapse to reduce the running time. I also added a piece of audio overlapping the film called Digya by Kevin MacLeod.

The second film is over 20 minutes long. It is the same film but at normal speed with 8 clips of no more than 3 minutes each. I have not replaced the soundtrack to give some idea of how windy it was with the wind noise and shaky camera which was at the time on a tripod.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Grey Skies Above Yorkshire.

Just trying a few different things at the moment and one of my current ideas is just to video things that may not appear of interest to anyone but me, but I figure that if it interests me then maybe I'm wrong and people may want to see it.

My Latest short video well 1 of a few I have done this week as I have a few days at home is the other morning I just set my camera up to record the sky for 20 minutes, nothing else just that. Once the recording had finished I sped up the film to show the cloud movement by 10 making a 2 minute long film of the grey stormy cloud movement. I then added ambient music to it called Deep Haze by Kevin MacLeod. I hope you find this interesting.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

St Paul's Spire, King Cross, Halifax.

St Paul's Spire is all that remains of the former million pound church opened in 1847, which closed in 1912 and was demolished in 1931. The spire is Grade II listed and sits inside the former burial grounds which are now a rest garden. Burials continued to happen within the grounds until 1969. I understand that the bodies are still buried within the grounds, with just the headstones being removed and repositioned.

The pictures available to view on Flickr and Clickasnap were taken on the 3rd October 2017 with Nikon d3300 SLR Camera.

St Paul's Spire, Halifax Use the arrows to navigate the Flickr album.

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The following information was taken from Wikipedia on there page about King Cross. Click here to view the page about KIng Cross on Wikipedia. I will remove the following information if requested and thank them for the use of it here.

A Commissioners' church, St. Paul's, designed by Robert Chantrell in 1845, was built in 1847, with seating for 450 people.
By the end of the 19th century, with a population of some 17,000 people, the older church of St. Paul's, built in 1847, had eventually run out of space for burials. A decision was made in 1909 to build a new church designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, with seating for 1,000, nearby. Except for the tower it was completed in 1912.
Following a fire in the old St. Pauls in 1930, during which the roof was destroyed, the building was demolished in 1931, leaving only the tower and spire standing. With the increased space burials continued in the graveyard until 1969. With some 1,737 graves in the graveyard the church asked the local council to take over the maintenance of the grounds. The area was eventually designated as a 'rest garden' in 1973, though with some considerable controversy.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

New Blog featuring Pictures of Calderdale.

I've started a companion blog to run alongside this one which will only feature pictures taken in Calderdale, as well as link's, information on the camera and the date and that's it. A bite size Colin Green Photography blog.

It will feature a constant link to my Calderdale only pictures on Flickr and Clickasnap which are ever changing. The majority of new pictures will still continue to be shown on here but this blog will only feature pictures taken using my better equipment over the last 2 years. ( Mainly my Nikon d3300 SLR). I started taking an interest in Photography a few years ago using only my phone and tablet and the pictures are not up to the same standard as the ones I feature here now and by splitting the blog it allows me to still show off the ones taken with my tablet. My tablet pictures will be more often than not loaded directly to my blog post rather than a third party link at Flickr or Clickasnap. All my Tablet pictures will in effect be free to copy and download. All I ask I return is either you make a small donation or take a moment to view my pictures on Clickarsnap.

Calderdale, Sights and Scenes.
The Calderdale album viewable by using the arrows here or full size by clicking on Flickr. There are over 550 pictures to view on there from around the borough.

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