The site of the rack Viaduct, about 1991. The waterfilled hole is the bottom abutment. before planting the trees.
Part of Ken Swan’s original plan, in retrospect the completed bridge is reemarkably close to the plan.
Girders donated by British Steel(as was). The uprights are modified trolley bus standards.
The jacks used to level the uprights were incorporated into the bases.
It seemed only fair that the designer should test it first with his own rack locomtive “Koppel.
The top of the completed rack railway. Note the security gate to prevent the suicidal from attempting unauthorized descent.
The rack railway passes under the ground level bridge, note the partly assembled rack rails.
The signsl box was constructed by Ron. Soulsy. It controls access to the rack railway coming off on the left.
Ken Swan tests the bridge.
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.
Our first workshop, a modified container
The Friends of Beamish helping to move hardcore with an antique tractor.
We were offered a portuguese tram body as a club house, fortunately something better came along.
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)
We made a roof then clad the wooden frame in bricks.