Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Arad Train Station, Carpenter Organ Co. and Under Old Bridge

Arad Train Station :- A dramatic and imposing image of Arad Gara Centrală (Arad Central Railway Station) in the City of Arad in western Romania. The building was designed by Ferenc Pfaff who was a Hungarian architect when Arad was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is the is the largest railway station in the city of Arad and it first opened its doors to the public in 1858. We were on our way to Constanța which is on the coast of the Black sea and is the oldest still-populated city in Romania. After several hours of driving we decided to take a break, stretch the legs and grab a bite to eat in Arad before heading on towards the Black Sea which was when i grabbed this shot of the station.

Carpenter Organ Co. :- Upstairs and tucked away in a corner of the Middle Street Synagogue's balcony you'll discover this old organ. I was fascinated by it as it looks as though it hasn't been touched for years and right in the middle of all the organ stops there's a large pressure indicator. Apparently the more negative air pressure that is generated by the pedalling the further the indicator dial arrow rotates showing the attainable volume levels at that particular moment. Sounds all a bit complicated to me. This particular organ is from the early 1900's but was bought for 12 shillings and sixpence in an auction in the 1930's! The organ was manufactured by the Carpenter Organ Company of Brattleboro VT in the U.S.A. and today instruments by E.P. Carpenter & Company are considered to be some of the finest organs and melodeons built in the 19th Century. The Middle Street Synagogue opened in 1875 and is a synagogue in the centre of Brighton. It is now regarded as being "One of Europe's Greatest Synagogues".

Under Old Bridge :- You'll have to take my word for it. This is a small, narrow walkway that cuts under and through the "Old Bridge" that crosses the River Looe in Looe which is a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall. The bridge is Victorian, has seven arches and was built and opened in 1853. Looe is divided into two halves by the River and this shot is looking south down towards the West Quay from within the walkway tunnel in West Looe with East Looe being across the bridge on the other side.

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