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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 26th November, 2013)

Dean Locks


Dean Locks
Gathurst.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Ellen on 26th November 2013 at 00:13

Rather spooky in the fog, and almost monochrome. I like it a lot;it's very memory-prodding!!.

Comment by: Garry on 26th November 2013 at 07:00

That house looks much better from the M6 bridge, a dirty misty morning.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 26th November 2013 at 07:28

Like that Mick ... eerie shot

Comment by: Rn D on 26th November 2013 at 08:25

Mick. That is a cracker.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 26th November 2013 at 08:38

Note the crash barriers over the Wigan-Southport railway line - similar barriers have been placed across all motorway crossings of railways in Britain. The work was commenced following a crash near Selby in 2001 when 10 people were killed after an East Coast Main Line train collided with a Land Rover and trailer which had fallen down the embankment from the M62. The Inter-City was then struck by a coal train travelling on the other set of tracks.

Comment by: kath on 26th November 2013 at 08:50

I agree - a cracker!

Comment by: Harry C. on 26th November 2013 at 08:53

Don't Like fog, like The pic!

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 26th November 2013 at 09:33

I love this picture Mick.....I will put it in my album if that is ok.....you have done a great job....like Ellen says....very spooky....cheers!!!

Comment by: A.W. on 26th November 2013 at 10:39

It must have been hard getting such a good effect considering the diffilcult lighting conditions, well done Mick!.

Comment by: Catherine on 26th November 2013 at 11:58

Very nice Mick.

Comment by: Garry on 26th November 2013 at 17:13

Harry C, how can you like the pic, if you don't like FOG...it's Foggy!!

Comment by: Mick on 26th November 2013 at 17:52

That right Rev David Long and the driver who crashed was on his way to Wigan according to the newspapers.

About 20 odd years ago I was walking down the canal bank with my wife and two you children when I heard a crash up on the viaduct, then a Creda washing machine truck came over the the top and landed in the river Douglas.

Comment by: Ellen on 26th November 2013 at 18:05

...Forgot to add that one of the memories that came to me involving fog in Gathurst was that I remember one time when people from Shevington were sent home early from UGS because the bus service was going to be withdrawn after they were taken home!

Comment by: Nev on 26th November 2013 at 21:33

Mick, tell them of your escapade with that bridge!

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 26th November 2013 at 21:41

Wrong Rev Dave Long!

‘Note the crash barriers over the Wigan-Southport railway line’
what you can see on the photo are the M6 Gathurst bridge parapet rails NOT crash barriers – these are at each end of the bridge, which you cannot see on the photo

‘ similar barriers have been placed across all motorway crossings of railways in Britain. The work was commenced following a crash near Selby in 2001’

NO it wasn’t! I have been involved with motorway maintenance since 1978 and crash barriers were going up adjacent to railway bridges this side of the Pennines BEFORE then (and of a far greater standard and length than that at the bridge at Selby)
What the Selby train crash in fact led to was a realisation that a number of railway bridges had inadequate crash barrier protection in front of them
Had the crash barrier at Selby been a mere two metres longer the accident would never have happened and 10 lives would have been saved.

Comment by: Berni on 26th November 2013 at 21:51

Brilliant photo

Comment by: paul finch on 26th November 2013 at 21:55

take me back 40 years or more, us shevvy lads used to swim in these locks and cross the viaduct underneath! smook our number 6 there and fish there and bird spot, was always owls or mistlethrushes under the railway crossing?
Those were the days!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 26th November 2013 at 23:09

Carefree innocent days Paul.

Comment by: abolton on 26th November 2013 at 23:17

Good picture Mick but it makes me feel that the real winter is upon us!

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2013 at 12:59

So why was the barrier not two metres longer, scholes mac? I must agree with the Rev though, he's account at Selby does make sence.

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