Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Marina Low Tide, Giant Alcove and 'Chinese Engine'

Marina Low Tide :- Shot on the beach at the Kemp Town (Eastern) end of Brighton. The stone 'wall' jutting out from the left into the water is an old Victorian groyne or breakwater. Sticking out beyond that you have the huge protective Western arm of Brighton Marina. The Eastern and Western arms of the Marina could not be built until a giant 600 tonne crane was constructed on site. The crane was then used to lift into place the massive reinforced concrete cassions which were also built on site and weighed 600 tonnes each. You can clearly see the darker high tide water mark on the Marina wall.

Giant Alcove :- This is an interiror shot of St Alban's Church which was in Coombe Road in Brighton. I say was because they demolished it in 2013. The church built between 1910 and 1914 but it's "deteriorating structural condition" ended with it being closed in 2006. Just before the bulldozers rolled in I was allowed inside with a few others to record what was left of the building.

'Chinese Engine' :- This steam engine is an absolute giant. It's a 'Chinese Government Railways Steam Locomotive 4-8-4 KF Class No 7' which was designed by Colonel Kenneth Cantlie and built by the Vulcan Foundry in 1935. At over 15 foot tall and more than 93 feet long it is the largest single locomotive in the National Railway Museum in York. Only two examples of this locomotive are known to have been preserved, this one in York and another in the Beijing Railway Museum, China. The locomotives were specially built to cope with the Guangzhou to Shaoguan line due to its two percent gradients, curves and low capacity bridges. The colour scheme of this particular engine makes it look even more powerful and evil. To give you a real idea of its size if you look to the far left of the image you can see a school teacher with a group of children standing by it. It's colossal!

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