Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Crossing the Thames, The Woolwich Ferry and Dartford Tunnel.

These are a couple of short videos taken whilst driving, The first being taken in November 2013 showing a crossing on the Woolwich Ferry.

The Woolwich Ferry is a vehicle ferry service in East London connecting the north and south circular inner relief roads. It is also available to foot passengers who must depart after each crossing and is currently a free service. There has been a crossing in Woolwich since the 14th century and the ferry service started on the 23rd March 1889 at it's current location. The fleet consists of 3 ferries, they are named after prominent politicians, John Burns a Liberal MP from 1892 to 1918, Ernest Bevin a Labour Minister who served as a MP from 1940 to 1951, and James Newman who served as the Mayor of Woolwich from 1923 to 1925. They were all involved in London politics.

The day was overcast and raining and the recording was done using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet crossing from the southern pier at Woolwich, over the Thames to the northern pier at North Woolwich. It can be seen here and on YouTube.


Video 2 was taken in October 2013 using the Dartford Tunnel. The crossing has changed since then as the toll booths were removed in late 2014 early 2015, it was hoped that by changing the toll charging system it would help to reduce congestion, sadly as a truck driver that users it regularly I have yet to see evidence of the reduction.

The video shows me driving through the eastern tunnel which was the 2nd to open. Completed in 1980 the tunnel helped relieve the congestion of the western tunnel as it doubled the capacity of the crossing. The western tunnel had opened as a single file traffic crossing in November 1963, but now with 2 tunnels the western bore handled north bound traffic and the eastern south bound. By the time of both tunnels operating they were handling 65,000 vehicles a day and in 1986 the tunnels had linked up with the now completed M25 Motorway so were at a peak capacity of approx. 80,000 vehicles a day. A 3rd crossing the Queen Elizabeth II bridge was completed in 1991 and the eastern tunnel started to handle northbound traffic as well as the eastern tunnel, with southbound vehicles now crossing via the bridge. During high winds and incidents on the bridge the eastern tunnel is used by southbound traffic as an alternative to the bridge.


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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Timanfaya Water Geyser.

In July 2013 I was on the island of Lanzarote and had the chance to take a tour of the Timanfaya National Park. Whilst on the tour I took many photo's which I have previously posted plus a video of the geyser demonstration near the restaurant area. They poor water down a whole where it travels to a depth of approx. 13 metres before returning a few seconds later in a geyser. This is the video taken from my YouTube channel of the geyser demonstration. 


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The Pickle Bridge Line, West Yorkshire.

The Pickle Bridge Railway was a line through the outskirts of Brighouse connecting Bradford with Huddersfield. The line opened in 1881 and remained in use until 1952 when closed due to subsidence. The 2 stations along the route were closed many years before the lines full closure. The is quite a lot of evidence of the line between Clifton Road and Pickle Bridge, Wyke. Sadly between Clifton Road and Anchor Pit not much exists. 

The line split from the Calder Valley Line at Pickle Bridge Junction which was between the stations of Norwood Green (closed 1953) and Lightcliffe (closed 1965), it then crossed the 22 arch (Now 8 arches, the northern 14 were demolished in 1987 due to subsidence) Wyke (Red Lion) viaduct, before arriving at Baliff Bridge station (1881 - 1917). The line then carried on southwards over the still standing 5 arch Thornhills Viaduct, before crossing another now demolished viaduct at Clifton. The 3 arch Clifton viaduct immediately led in to Clifton Road Station (1881 - 1931). Beyond Clifton Road the line then crossed the A644 Wakefield Road and River Calder before joining the Caldervale Line at Anchor Pit Junction between Brighouse Station (1840 - 1970. Reopened 2000) and Cooper Bridge Station (1840 - 1950).

The pictures were taken in 2014 along the lines old route (where possible) between Clifton Bridge Station and the main line at Wyke. They were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera. I then edited them in to this YouTube slideshow. The music is Reception by William Rosati.

Just press play, the slideshow is 3 minutes 18 seconds long. And runs in an order of walking the track bed from Clifton Road to Wyke.

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Copley Canalside Archers, West Yorkshire.

Copley Canal side Archers, now a seating area but I remember vaguely as a kid they were some sort of canal side delivery point. The canal side area being walled off and a funnel running into a small central area to allow I assume coal (or possibly grain) to drop into the arched area below. A few years ago they were capped off with the area above having the wall cut away and being covered to allow a paved seating are alongside the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal and the arched area immediately alongside Copley Lane being walled up and becoming a lower level seating area. Sadly I have been trying to find out more on there uses and history but so far have been unable to find anything. I will update if I do.

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Copley Canalside Archers

Copley Canalside Benchers

Copley Archway Benchers

I put a request for more information on Facebook and i'd like to thank Barbara Fairbairn for confirming they were used for coal.

Copley Canalside Benchers 2

Copley Canalside Benchers 1

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El Mirador de Guinate, Lanzarote

In 2013 I had the opportunity to spend a few days on the island of Lanzarote, as part of my stay I had a couple of days to pass the time and I took a tour of the island, I have to say it was worth it, taking in Timanfaya National Park, the Green Lagoon, Jameos del Agua and many other points of interest on the island including El Mirador de Guinate. Until visiting Lanzarote I had never had any interest in photography and armed with just my tablet it was whilst on this tour that my enthusiasm was ignited.


El Mirador de Guinate offers an outstanding view of the island of La Graciosa and the channel of El Rio that separates them. It can be found on the northern tip of the island in the municipality of Haria surrounded by a tropical park with many species of plants and animals viewable whilst in the area.

The pictures were taken on the 30th July 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. They can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap.

View Of The Atlantic Ocean from the Mirador de Guinate, Lanzarote.

The northern tip of La Graciosa


The View from the Mirador de Guinate, Lanzarote.

The following is the album of 6 pictures taken there available to view on Flickr.

Mirador de Guinate, Lanzarote

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Rishworth Branch Line, Slideshows to Music,

The Rishworth Branch line is a former railway that ran along the Ryburn Valley from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth with stops at Watsons Crossing Halt, Triangle, Ripponden. I have recently posted on the line including pictures I took in December 2013. 

The following 2 slideshows are available on YouTube and here. The first video includes only picture taken in December 2013, with a 2nd video that I uploaded in August 2017 featuring pictures taken on a number of walks along the railway.


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Rishworth Branch Line. December 2013.

I find abandoned railway fascinating and luckily living in Calderdale there a few within a short distance. The Rishworth Branch line is 1 I have walked many times but the first time I took a camera well my tablet was in December 2013. I walked along the former track bed from near to Watson Mill Lane to the lines end at Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth. Surprisingly many of the bridges along the route are still intact, and even the platform at Rishworth remains although it is now largely covered by vegetation and trees. Only 3 bridges built for the railway are no longer there, these being a footbridge near Triangle, the bridge that crossed Ripponden Bank just after the station and the wooden trellis bridge that provided the entrance to Rishworth station from Slitheroe Bridge. There is still evidence of all 3 though. The pictures of Scar Head Tunnel were taken a couple of weeks later.

The Rishworth Branch was built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway along the Ryburn Valley, originally the plan had been to tunnel through Rishworth and connect with the main line at Littleborough, but it is thought that this plan was abandoned due to the difficulty the train company had reaching Rishworth. The line was authorised in 1865 and the first section to Ripponden was opened in 1878 with the line extended to Rishworth in 1881. Upon completion the line was built as a 2 track railway but rarely used more than 1 line with the spare being used to store carriages. Originally there were stations at Sowerby Bridge where the line split from the main railway and Ripponden. In 1881 stations were opened at Triangle and Rishworth and the final stop at Watson's Crossing opened in 1907 after the introduction of motor railcars along the track. Competition from trams and then motor cars saw passenger services withdrawn on 8th July 1929 with goods traffic remaining along the line until it's full closure on 1 September 1958. 

The pictures were taken in December 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Rishworth Branch Railway Line (2013)
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Scar Head Tunnel Western Portal.

Bridge over the Rishworth Branch 2.

Bridge over the Rishworth Branch 9.

Rishworth Branch Former Trackbed 7.

Rishworth Branch former trackbed 16.

Bridge over the Rishworth Branch 10.

Rishworth Branch former trackbed 18.

Rishworth Branch former trackbed 16.

Rishworth Branch Former Trackbed 20.

Path alongside the closed Rishworth Branch Line.

Bridge over the Rishworth Branch 13.

Bridge over the Rishworth Branch 15.

Rishworth Railway Station Platform 2.
The platform although buried underneath the undergrowth is the only station building still remaining along the former railway line.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Bank House Railway Tunnel, Copley.

Bank House Tunnel ( Also Known as Copley Tunnel) is a short curved railway tunnel built in to the hillside through a rock face around Salterhebble Hill, Halifax. The tunnel carries the line connecting Sowerby Bridge with Halifax and I have been unable to find the exact date but I assume as Copley Viaduct opened in 1852, the tunnel opened at a similar time. The line merges with original branch line from Greetland to Halifax a few hundred yards up from the tunnel.

The pictures around the tunnel were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera on October 25 2014.

Train Entering the Bank House Tunnel, Halifax.

Down on to Bank House Tunnel, Halifax.

Bank House Tunnel Eastern Portal, Halifax.

The following picture was taken of the tunnel and surrounding valley from the top of Siddal, using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 9 April 2017.

Bank House Tunnel and the Hebble Valley, Halifax.

The picture shows the tunnel to the centre. All Saints church, Salterhebble can be seen on the hillside to the right with North Dean Woods in the distance beyond the tunnel.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

A North Dean Winter.

New YouTube Video slideshow featuring 48 images taken at North Dean Woods from Copley to Norland during a recent snowfall in December 2017. The images refresh every 5 seconds and the video can be seen here and on YouTube.


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A Virtual Walk along the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

A new slideshow video I have uploaded to YouTube featuring in order pictures taken along the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal from Sowerby Bridge Wharf to Bridge number 8 Copley Lane at Copley. The distance is approx. 1.6 miles and the slideshow features 36 pictures.


The video refreshers every 8 seconds with a new image. They were taken over the last 5 years and feature the canal at different times of the year.


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Images from Calderdale. A YouTube Slideshow.

Images from Calderdale is a YouTube slideshow I uploaded today set to music. It features 60 pictures taken within the boundaries of Calderdale from Walsden to Brighouse, and from Warley to Norland. They were all taken over a period starting in 2013 up to December 2017 and include many notable local landmarks.


A full list of place names can be found underneath the slideshow on YouTube. The images refresh every 8 seconds and has a background soundtrack, please mute the music if not to your taste.

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Vinos el Campesino Vinyard, Lanzarote.

During a holiday on the island of Lanzarote in July 2013 I took in the tour of the island, during this tour 1 of the activities / site visits was to the Vinos el Campesino winery to try a spot of wine tasting. As I recall the wine was very nice and we were there for a short time so I took come pictures whilst there.

The pictures were taken on July 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
Vinos el Campesino Bar.

Vinos el Campesino Winery.

Vinyard between the Peaks.

Wooded Wine Cases, Vinos el Campesino.

Mountain at the Vinos el Campesino Vinyard, Lanzarote.

Vinyard at Vinos el Campesino, Lanzarote.
One of the things that was explained during the tasting was the vines are surrounded by half moon shaped walls. This is because Lanzarote is quite windy and this helps to protect the vines from damage due to the wind.

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Camels at Timanfaya, Lanzarote.

Whilst on a visit to Lanzarote in 2013, myself and my wife and daughter did the island tour which took in many of the visitor attractions on Lanzarote. One of the highlights was the visit to Timanfaya National Park, but just before you go in to the park you are taken to the camel ride attraction. I must admit riding the animal had no appeal so I did not take part, so whilst waiting around for them to return I just took some pictures. They were taken using a Samsung Galaxy tablet.


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Camels at Timanfaya.

Camel Ride, Timanfaya 2
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Camel Ride, Timanfaya 1

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Operation Starfish, World War 2 Dummy Aerodrome, Sowerby

Operation Starfish was a large scale 2nd World War decoy plan to fool German bombers in to dropping there payloads in the wrong areas. The plan was developed by Colonel John Turner after the near destruction of Coventry in November 1940. The sites were developed in the countryside approx. 4 miles from what were considered targets for the German bombers. The surrounding fields usually had a metal trough through the undergrowth which would be filled with a mixture of creosote, coal, diesel oil and set alight when bombers were in the area, after a short time of usually 15mins water would be added to create an explosion and a burst of flame fooling the overhead bombers in to thinking that it was the target after the initial bombs had dropped.

The site at Sowerby was developed as a decoy for the cities of Manchester and Leeds as well as the railway goods yards at, Greetland, Halifax, Todmorden, Littleborough and Rochdale. The site had a 2 room bunker which is still standing, which was entered through a short passage behind a blast wall. There is not much evidence in the area for what it was used for.


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Operation Starfish Site, Sowerby
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The View beyond the Bunker.

Room 2 Inside Abandoned Starfish Bunker, Sowerby.

World War 2 Starfish Bunker, Sowerby.

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