SJ6446 : Shropshire Union Canal - old railway crossing

taken 8 years ago, near to Sound, Cheshire, Great Britain

Shropshire Union Canal - old railway crossing
Shropshire Union Canal - old railway crossing
Seen from the position of where the Crewe-Nantwich-Audlem-Market Drayton-Wellington railway crossed the canal, the absolute straightness of the canal is notable. This is a characteristic of the Shropshire Union Canal, which was built in the 1830s, when competition was imminent from the railways, and routes had to be as short as possible. Thomas Telford managed this by building long embankments and digging long cuttings, a ploy which also reduced the need for so many locks which would delay the boats. It also meant a lot more work, and trouble with unstable embankments in some places, which still cause trouble to this day.
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SJ6446, 44 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010
Category
Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 648 464 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:0.8407N 2:31.5222W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 648 464
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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