SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: train detail

taken 8 years ago, near to Bank, Hampshire, Great Britain

Warwickslade Cutting: train detail
Warwickslade Cutting: train detail
Two trains are seen here. The one in the background has been fitted with rectangular steel boxes each of which can take 1 tonne of hoggin. The boxes simply slip onto the uprights seen on the train in the foreground. The train is pushed or pulled using the bogie in right foreground, which has four steel wheels and an upright to engage with the Boxer locomotive. The other trucks each have two plastic wheels at their left end, whilst their right end rests upon the adjacent truck and is retained there by a central bolt allowing pivoting. The use of steel wheels for the bogie that couples to the Boxer provides greater resistance to transverse loads resulting from the Boxer not taking exactly the same path as the train. These bogie arrangements were later changed, see LinkExternal link .
Warwickslade Cutting
Warwickslade Cutting was a long, straight drainage ditch dug around 1850. In 2009, The Forestry Commission decided to fill it in and replace it by a more natural, meandering stream. The Forestry Commission was carrying out the works as part of its "Final 4000" programme - a joint effort with Natural England, The Environment Agency and the National Park Authority - which aims to restore the last 4,000 hectares of SSSI in the New Forest that are deemed to be in an unfavourable condition.

The reason for the works was that Warwickslade Lawn SSSI was "in an unfavourable declining condition because the artificially deepened cutting meant that there was no seasonal inundation of the grassland and woodland habitats" (FC restoration plan).

Surprisingly, much of the course of the original, pre-1850s, stream could still be seen on the ground. The aim of the works was to reinstate the original stream as closely as possible, whilst filling in the Cutting. It was necessary to bring in 10,000 tonnes of hoggin to fill in the cutting, plus some clay to make plugs to ensure that water followed the desired course.

The contractors were Alaska Environmental Contracting ( LinkExternal link ). They used 8, 13 and 18 tonne hydraulic excavators, 10 tonne rubber tracked dumper trucks and an innovative light railway.

Other related sequences of pictures:-
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: a planned meander (start of sequence)
SU2606 : Warwickslade Cutting: original stream bed, Knightwood end (start of sequence)
SU2606 : Warwickslade Cutting: the new stream takes shape (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: original stream bed, Vinney Ridge part (start of sequence)
SU2606 : Warwickslade Cutting: filling it in, Knightwood end (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: filling it in, Vinney Ridge part (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: infilling of minor drain (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: laying the railway (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: running the railway (start of sequence)
SU2704 : Warwickslade Cutting: repositioned railway (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: refencing Poundhill Inclosure (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: flood plain (start of sequence)
SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: the end of the project
The above sequences have Previous/Next or Upstream/Downstream links that take you to a different place. They also have Earlier/Later links that take you to the same place at a different time.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 13 September, 2009
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Railway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2702 0552 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.9144N 1:37.0536W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2702 0552
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