SJ8697 : Trackside at Ashburys

taken 8 years ago, near to Gorton, Manchester, Great Britain

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Trackside at Ashburys
Trackside at Ashburys
In the distance is the City of Manchester stadium in SJ8698.

I was asked if I knew what the contraption on the left was used for.

I threw the question open on the Geograph Discussion Forum.

It was suggested that it was possibly used by the travelling post office for dropping off mail bags and picking them up, but that was severely disputed.

Martin Addison LinkExternal link had a feeling that it was a surviving piece of catenary from the original 1500v dc electrification of the 1950s. The attachments in the top left corner carried the support wires, similar fittings on the catenary were seen on the Woodhead line. LinkExternal link

Nigel Cox LinkExternal link suggested that it was more likely to be a gantry that used to hold a height restriction cradle to warn goods train operators with open freight of an overhead restriction ahead, but on reflection agreed with Martin's suggestion, having thought the electricity cables on the gantry were far too over-engineered for what he'd suggested.

Andy F LinkExternal link also agreed that the gantry is part of the ex-GC lines Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electrification scheme. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 26 September, 2009
Railway infrastructure   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 869 972 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.3091N 2:11.8841W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 869 972
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