Saturday, 25 October 2014

Bridge #126

The bridge over the former Godley Junction to Apethorn Railway line, now utilised by the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Network #62, connects Grange Road South with Grange Road North but only for pedestrians.

See a coloured view on Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The overgrown turntable at Godley

This is the site of the former railway turntable on the Godley Junction to Apethorn railway line. The "Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC)" route opened in 1866. Here is where trains heading for Fiddler's Ferry power station via Warrington Arpley would exchange locomotives. The whole point of the railway was to carry Yorkshire coal to Lancashire for burning in one way or another. Originally the trains were steam hauled but after electrification of the Woodhead line in the 1950s the class 76 electric locos would draw the train onto the branch and un-couple before running around and departing; subsequently, a diesel loco would appear and hook-on for the remainder of the trip. Freight services over Woodhead ended in 1981 and this line became redundant. The track was removed and over the years nature has been regaining the ground.

See how it looked in the days of steam on Old Hyde

See how it looked in 2007 on Hyde Daily Photo Volume 1.

See how it looked in 2013 on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Good Fences.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ABC Wednesday: O is for Open All Day

"Open All Day" says the signage on The Albion at the top of John Street. The Cotton Bale (a Wetherspoons pub) opposite opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast and has tables outside on the street in what is signed as "No Smoking" area.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and signs, signs.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Red Bedford 764 XUT

This 1946 Bedford KU was first registered in Midlothian, Scotland working from a woodyard. It broke down in Manchester in 1972 and sat in Walkers breakers yard in Droylsden until 1986. It was in pieces when bought in the late 90s by A. Houghton and wasn't finally restored until 2010.

It was one of the vehicles on show at the classic car rally held recently at Ewen Fields in aid of SSAFA, a charity that provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lady Lavender's New Look

When I first posted a view of Lady Lavender's tearooms in February 2013 a few people commented that the outside didn't exactly proclaim it was a café.

Well look at it now!

A contribution to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A pack of pouncing, pecking pigeons

I was sitting on a bench in the Civic Square when someone either dropped or threw down a bit of sandwich.

Immediately a pack of pigeons descended and pounced on the offering.

However it was a starling that was first to break out of the pack with a titbit in its beak.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
I'd rather b birdin;
Camera Critters.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A strange angle of reflection

This week's contribution to Weekend Reflections poses a strange question - and no I don't know the answer.

I was standing by the side of the NatWest bank on Market Street close to the cash dispenser (a.k.a. ATMS, hole-in-the-wall) and shooting up the street. A woman walked past me just as I was taking the photograph.

What seems strange to me though is that I have captured a reflection of the back of her head but surely that would happen if she was behind me but in fact she is in front of me.

I thought I knew about geometry and angles but now I'm not so sure. Maybe the metal-work around the ATM doesn't reflect in the same way an ordinary mirror does.