Sunday, 17 November 2019

Steam and Modern Trains at Milner Royd Junction, Sowerby Bridge

Milner Royd Junction sits approx. 1 mile to the east of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, West Yorkshire. The site is where the Caldervale line towards Halifax and the Calder Valley (the older of the 2) towards Brighouse split. The line towards Brighouse was closed to passenger services in 1970 and was a mainly freight line until reopening in 2000. The signal box is now redundant but still stands at the junction which is crossed by a 4 arch bridge. The bridge used to have a path towards Norland but for as many years as I can remember has been closed off and locked at its accessible northern side. The higher southern gate to the bridge is normally unlocked but is hard to access as the area around it in overgrown. It's just a spot I like to go now and again as you know you'll be left alone and you can watch the world of train transport pass by.

On Sunday 3rd November 2019 I had heard a steam train was to pass along the valley and through Milner Royd Junction, it was travelling from Blackburn to Wakefield Kirkgate an so I was there early to catch it, which turned out to be a good decision as the train was early which is not something you normally associate with British railways. The following 2 videos are taken from my YouTube account and were filmed that day.

The following album of pictures were taken at the junction on various dates, they can be seen full size on Flickr, use the arrows to navigate the set of 7 pictures.
Milner Royd Junction

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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Accademia Bridge, Venice

Accademia Bridge is a set of pictures I around the bridge area and bridge in October - November 2018. The bridge itself is known locally as the Ponte dell'Accademia and is the southern most crossing of the Grand Canal. The full set of pictures can be seen on Flickr and Clickasnap with a small selection shown below.

The bridge is located near the final loop of the Grand Canal before the canal enters into St Marks Basin, Opened as a steel structure in 1854 the bridge was the first crossing here despite a previous attempt by locals to get a crossing built there. This bridge was replaced by a wooden structure in 1932 which stood until local politicians asked for designs for a replacement in the early 1980's. In 1985 the new bridge opened, it was an exact wooden replica of the 1932 bridge. There has been talk of again replacing the bridge, but I hope on a personal level they decide not to. I found it my favourite of the 3 bridges I saw that cross the Grand Canal (there are 4 bridges across the canal but I only got chance to see 3 of them), I felt it was a more interesting design than the Scalzi Bridge and a lot calmer than the Rialto Bridge.

There are a total of 11 pictures that were taken around the bridge area. They can be seen below or on Clickasnap where they are un-watermarked, full size and resolution.

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