Photo-a-Day (Monday, 11th May, 2020)
Mick, you really love posting some "mucky" pictures, don't you. I love them.
Water has been pouring into the old railway trackbed for years.
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.
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.
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
It's good to see that the lockdown - which has also closed the canals - is being used to rectify a long-standing problem.
Alan it might be mucky, but its history.
Glad you found TomCros who knows a bit about you on your other post.
The repair was completed before the lockdown.
This isn't a current photo. The aquaduct is full of water again and it is still pouring through. The Whelley Loop Mick?
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
The trees should have given a clue to the age of the pic.
You all sound a bit puddled just like the old fashioned way of sealing canals.
And not a sherry downed yet, Anne! Wait till we're piddled....
Fabulous 'stinking ditch', Veronica.
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.
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.
Not one of your best ones, Mick.
My grandfather used to drive the train from whelley to adlington on to Chorley
This IS the disused whelley line, the Lancashire Union Railway.
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....