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 DEVELOPMENT
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The site of the rack Viaduct, about 1991. The waterfilled hole is the bottom abutment. before planting the trees.

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Part of Ken Swan’s original plan, in retrospect the completed bridge is reemarkably close to the plan.

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Girders donated by British Steel(as was). The uprights are modified trolley bus standards.

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The jacks used to level the uprights were incorporated into the bases.

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It seemed only fair that the designer should test it first with his own rack locomtive “Koppel.

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The top of the completed rack railway. Note the security gate to prevent the suicidal from attempting unauthorized descent.

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The rack railway passes under the ground level bridge, note the partly assembled rack rails.

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The signsl box was constructed by Ron. Soulsy. It controls access to the rack railway coming off on the left.

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Ken Swan tests the bridge.

Top circuit_015

Laying down hard-core for the upper circuit. The photo was taken before the construction of the present archive building, and before the demolition of the storage hangar.

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Our first workshop, a modified container

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The Friends of Beamish helping to move hardcore with an antique tractor.

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We were offered a portuguese tram body as a club house, fortunately something better came along.

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The present workshop was acquired by Jim Duncan from his apprentice training company where it had been used inside for training.( there was no roof)

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We made a roof then clad the wooden frame in bricks.

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