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HRS 1170 Ulverston Canal Long view towards town 2011

Ulverston Ship Canal, Sliding bridge railway bridge "A unique Survival" perhaps, other than the Hoad monument in Ulverston, this is the most important structure in the area. It is a 19th sliding railway bridge (c1877) built by the Furness Railway for their new Bardsea Branch line. The decking of the a section of the bridge moved horizontally at an angle allowing small ships to pass up to Ulverston or out to sea. It was hydraulically powered from a nearby accumulator tower that provided horizontal pressure.
PHOTO: Shows section immediately above the bridge looking towards Hoad Hill.
Does anyone have information about who made it? Has anyone actually seen it working? Is it in danger of being lost? Please contact us if you can help.
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Keywords:accumulator towers, bridges, canals, cumbria, hydraulics, lancashire, railways, sliding bridges, ulverston, ulverston ship canal, victorians

HRS 1170 Ulverston Canal Long view towards town 2011