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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskay View Post
    Looking at the two pictures of the open bridges on page 2, They are centre-pivoted, just the same as one built on a pier in the middle of a river, but half of it swings over land.
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    Are 'we' saying this is a centre-pivot bridge?

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    Yes; your picture and this one seem to show this clearly.
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    Call it a 'Bee-in-the-bonnet' if you will, but I am still unsure. A little unsure anyway. I have the Chester Road bridge in close-up on another page using Google-maps. Could somebody direct me to either of the bridges shown on this page? Pretty please.

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    Excellent pics and brilliant posts lads. Well done.

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    Good pics,i will get around to doing that cruise one day.

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    Not sure if these help Oudeis

    Barton Road Bridge

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    Complete with Shed.

    Yes, thank you Tony. It is that some of the photographs of these (many) centre-pivot swing bridges have there pivot shown at the 'forested' water's edge. Can it be that these too are not banks but island-strips?

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    The one above is on a strip. But Im certain some swung onto the bank.
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    I never saw no strip on that ferry all day long. Was it when you went the toilet Tony. I did hear the music
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    I did it for the Captain Ged...But he tried to get me up the funnel..
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    The noise I heard from the lavo and Tony was gone.
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    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=sww...=b&form=LMLTCC

    Looking at this, which is where the A49 crosses the canal, the bridge is not quite centre pivoted. Estimating the pivot point, I make it about 100 feet to the left & 130 feet to the right. Since each side of the pivot point must weigh the same, there must be some extra weight to the left.

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    Thank you Chris, this was the point I tried to make earlier about being more massive on one side to retain equilibrium. Ged's a drummer though...i'm sure you understand.

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    One of the bridges reversed in a bit before it began to swing.
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    This too was one possibility I had considered. It is really sad that with all there is to learn about the ship canal there is no place that lays out the operation of the several different types of bridge along it's length.

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    Anyway..............

    Approaching Salford Quays with the Holiday Inn, BBC - Media City and other 21st Century steel and glass up ahead.



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    Wayne Rooney.



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    The Goodyear blimp came out to meet us. That's the Imperial War Museum on the right and there's compalints about the shape of our new museum



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    The Grade II listed Rank Hovis mill with its wheat emblem. Notice the modern swing bridge is open with its roadway leading nowhere but into the dock at the moment.



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    The shiny Quay Theatre complex.



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    The last bridge we have to negotiate. Again rising on four columns with weighted slab counter balances.



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    Canalside apartments.



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    It was 4.30pm now and a long day but we still had 2 hours to kill in Manchester. It seemed so strange to see our Daf in such surroundings. A mighty bit of Liverpool History 35 miles to the East.



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    Media City area.



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    The Ferry docked beneath the Lowry outlet Mall.



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    The Lowry Centre



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    The media City/BBC area again, from a different angle.



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    Harbour City at 6.30pm.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    One of the bridges reversed in a bit before it began to swing.
    Now how can that be, I wonder, since there's no significant gap between the fixed & swinging sections of the roadway?

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    Dunno Chris.

    One did though as I watched it do it. came back I would say about 6-10 foot.
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    Brill stuff Ged and Spike. Didn't take any pics of the bus trip back then ?

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    What Smurf, from out the window of a fleet of Arivva double deckers coming down the M62 in the pitch black
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    Great pics Ged.

    I will post a few later. Im far too busy at the mo looking for ancestors of a certain person you know.
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    I think the apparent 'pull-back' is an optical illusion.

    We're getting there...

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    It may be.

    We were heading towards it and it did appear to pull back before swinging. Maybe it was the angle I was looking from. We were a bit away from it when it started to move.
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    It was the angle of the dangle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    It may be.

    We were heading towards it and it did appear to pull back before swinging. Maybe it was the angle I was looking from. We were a bit away from it when it started to move.
    Yes, things are not helped by the fact that these bridges are pivoted off-centre.

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    Something must have been said at the outset in that side street to upset the driver.
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    Cracker pics and posts lads. Well done.

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    A few more pics

    Houses at Latchford Lock. Maybe the old homes for the Lock Keepers?



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    This is where coal used to be unloaded. The big stone squares would be filled with the coal.




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    I will post a few more tomorrow.
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