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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 11th May, 2020)

Repair Job

Repair Job
Arley Aquaduct being repaired.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 2,431

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 11th May 2020 at 05:07

Mick, you really love posting some "mucky" pictures, don't you. I love them.

Comment by: TommyT on 11th May 2020 at 08:32

Water has been pouring into the old railway trackbed for years.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th May 2020 at 09:11

Not much to say about this scene apart from - how 'slutchy '' this 'stinking ditch' is. It gives new meaning to what' lies beneath'! Hope it's soon repaired Mick then you can take another nicer picture.

Comment by: Gary on 11th May 2020 at 09:36

Even when the Whelley line was in use there was a water problem here - as TommyT says above, the track bed was over flexible.
The weight of the slutch would have some effect on the structure over time and water will always find a way out.

Comment by: Mick on 11th May 2020 at 09:53

They are repairing the leak the old fashioned way by using clay.
Yes this aqueduct been leaking for years like Tommyt says, and it runs over the old Lancashire & Yorkshire Union Railway line known locally by Wiganers as the Whelly Loop Line, which is now a footpath

Comment by: Rev David Long on 11th May 2020 at 10:02

It's good to see that the lockdown - which has also closed the canals - is being used to rectify a long-standing problem.

Comment by: Mick on 11th May 2020 at 10:36

Alan it might be mucky, but its history.
Glad you found TomCros who knows a bit about you on your other post.

Comment by: Dostaf on 11th May 2020 at 13:37

The repair was completed before the lockdown.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 11th May 2020 at 14:15

This isn't a current photo. The aquaduct is full of water again and it is still pouring through. The Whelley Loop Mick?

Comment by: Mick on 11th May 2020 at 14:54

Neil does it matter if it isn't a current photo, it was current when I rode my bike up Red Rock hill and then along the canal bank towards Adlington to capture this historical image.
Im sure you would have taken one of the water still flowing out, so send it in the PAD and see how long it takes for it to appear on the Website

Comment by: Not-so-sage Rev Dave Long on 11th May 2020 at 14:54

The trees should have given a clue to the age of the pic.

Comment by: Anne on 11th May 2020 at 15:58

You all sound a bit puddled just like the old fashioned way of sealing canals.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 11th May 2020 at 16:22

And not a sherry downed yet, Anne! Wait till we're piddled....

Comment by: Philip G. on 11th May 2020 at 17:05

Fabulous 'stinking ditch', Veronica.

Comment by: Arthur on 11th May 2020 at 17:32

It's not the Whelley Loop line Neil, the line that when under this canal bridge was from Red Rock station, then White Bear and onto Adlington.

Comment by: NigB on 11th May 2020 at 17:34

This aqueduct is on the line from Boars Head Junction to Adlington, not the Whelley loop. The Whelley loop left the WCML at Bamfurlong Junction and ran via Amberswood, Higher Ince and through Haigh Plantations to Standish Junction. There was a connection from Whelley Junction to Haigh Junction, which allowed trains to reach Adlington via the aqueduct in the photo.

Comment by: TerryW on 11th May 2020 at 20:11

Not one of your best ones, Mick.

Comment by: Janet on 11th May 2020 at 21:23

My grandfather used to drive the train from whelley to adlington on to Chorley

Comment by: Alan on 12th May 2020 at 16:17

This IS the disused whelley line, the Lancashire Union Railway.

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 25th May 2020 at 03:13

Been across this aqueduct many times, by foot, bicycle and oars. I don't remember if there are stop gates close by, to avoid draining miles of canal....

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