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Video: Smardale Gill Viaduct

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This video looks at the ongoing remedial work to Smardale Gill Viaduct in Cumbria, a magnificent stone structure engineered by Sir Thomas Bouch as part of his erstwhile Stainmore route across the Pennines, built to serve heavy industry on both sides.

The railway having long gone, the viaduct remains open to foot traffic, but still issues periodic demands to its owners, the Northern Viaduct Trust, for attention to its stonework and waterproofing. The first of a two-phase scheme began in June, costing £300K.

Graeme Bickerdike
Graeme Bickerdikehttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Tunnels and bridges, historic structures and construction techniques, railway safety Graeme Bickerdike's association with the railway industry goes back to the mid-nineties when he was contracted to produce safety awareness videos and printed materials aimed at the on-track community. This led to him heading a stream of work to improve the way safety rules are communicated and understood - ultimately simplifying them - for which he received the IRSE’s Wing Award for Safety in 2007. In 2005, Graeme launched a website to catalogue and celebrate some of the more notable disused railway structures which still grace Britain’s landscape. Several hundred have since had their history researched and a photographic record captured. A particular focus has been the construction methods adopted by Victorian engineers and contractors; as a result, the site has become a useful resource for those with asset management responsibilities. Graeme has been writing for Rail Engineer for the past ten years, generally looking at civil engineering projects and associated issues. He has a deep appreciation of the difficulties involved in building tunnels and viaducts through the 19th Century, a trait which is often reflected in his stories.


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