You don't see this every day !

by PeterKR

Just as we finished our walk back at Mapledurham Lock and were about to head home I was stopped in my tracks by something strange coming upstream.
It turned out to be a new bridge, for the drainage channel just above Mapledurham Lock.
What you can't see in this view is that the mariner is actually controlling a small tug behind the bridge which is pushing the pontoon carrying the bridge. Just after this he had to steer it carefully through the lock with just around a foot clearance either side.
They were able to transport the bridge this way as it is a new type of plastic construction, already used elsewhere in the World but this is the first in the UK.

K50 + Sigma 18-250
Uploaded24/04/2015 - 22:44
CategoryPhoto Journalism
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length210mm

Posted 25/04/2015 - 09:35 Link
Nice floating bedroom...Imagine a bed and pillows over it...
Posted 26/04/2015 - 09:16 Link
GIULIO57 wrote:
Nice floating bedroom...Imagine a bed and pillows over it...

Many thanks, Giulio.

When I first saw it I did think it looked like some student prank or a floating bed for a novelty raft race !
Fortunately someone from the engineering firm installing the bridge was close by to give me the true story.

Thanks again
Posted 27/04/2015 - 02:48 Link
very sharp and excellent photo info too!
"It's not what you look at that's important, it's what you see" - Thoreau

Posted 04/05/2015 - 19:35 Link
Well, it's certainly different!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)

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