SU2705 : Warwickslade Cutting: running the railway

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

Warwickslade Cutting: running the railway
Warwickslade Cutting: running the railway
The Boxer "locomotive" has decoupled itself from the empty train (foreground) it has just hauled here and is now coupled to the full train ready to push it off on its journey.

This photo also shows two modifications made in the light of experience. The 4-wheel bogie seen in this earlier photo LinkExternal link has been abandoned because the wheels nearest the locomotive carried no vertical load and hence tended to rise up when pushed by the loco. The other modification is the taller coupling post with its cap, both of which prevent unwanted decoupling of the loco from the train.

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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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Wednesday, 14 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
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Railway   (more nearby)
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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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