Horse-drawn carriages – The Carriage HSE Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Horse-drawn carriages – The Carriage HSE 32 32 London Underground’s lost line where early trains were so slow it took 40 minutes to travel 2 miles Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Hidden in the dark corners and lost spaces of London, some 40 disused London Underground stations are waiting to be rediscovered.

Some are spooky, some carry nostalgic memorabilia from World War II or the 1960s, and some are far out in the verdant countryside miles from the city center.

This is certainly the case with the little-known Brill Tram, which was actually part of a section of the London Underground that no longer exists.

So what was so great about it? !

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Well, for starters, it was built by the 3rd Duke of Buckingham.

His full title was actually (deep breath) Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos.

This old aristocrat had about as many famous titles as possible, including Colonial Secretary, Colonel in the British Army, and Lord of the Treasury.

He was obviously a very important guy, but especially for us he became chairman of the London and North West Railways.

The Duke was in fact so important that he decided to build his own six mile long private railway – just like you do.

In fact, his family were facing serious financial difficulties and were looking to make the most of their only remaining estate at Wotton House.

A tram photographed in 1925 similar to one that would have run on the Brill Tramway (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

He set up the horse-drawn Brill Tramway to transport goods between its lands around Wotton House in leafy Buckinghamshire and the national rail network.

The little tram carriages were literally pulled along the line by horses rather than trains, and the carriages would have been filled with crops, fruit, vegetables and probably also sheep and chickens!

Stations were literally sheds raised on earth embankments supported by planks of wood.

At the opening ceremony in 1871, the first goods vehicle to arrive in Wotton distributed coal to the poor.

But villagers in the nearby village of Brill, Buckinghamshire, liked the idea so much that they asked for it to be extended to the village and used by passengers – which was the case in 1872.

At this point two steam engines were purchased to replace the horses as the loads on the track were becoming too heavy and the wagons were often derailing.

The locomotives had to be very light and small due to the primitive nature of the track.

Brill station at the beginning of the 20th century

Two converted traction motors were purchased, which used chains to drive flywheels, and so were nicknamed “Old Chainey” by locals.

They were painfully slow.

On February 6, 1872, it was clocked that it took 41 minutes to travel approximately two miles from Quainton Road to Wotton.

But we quickly realized that the line would have to be modernized to cope.

New, more reliable locomotives called Buckingham and Wotton soon entered service.

But it was still a rural railway.

The locomotives occasionally ran over stray sheep, and on September 12, 1888, sparks from one of the Aveling and Porter engines fell into one of the train’s cattle cars, igniting the straw bedding and badly burning two cows.

More and more passenger trains began to run, but they were still often horse-drawn as steam locomotives were used to haul goods.

When Waddesdon Manor was built it generated huge tram business with its small station at Waddesdon.

A large number of bricks from Poore’s Brickworks in Brill were shipped there. By July 1877, the entire output of the brickworks would supply the works at Waddesdon Manor, with 25,000 bricks being used per week.

On March 26, 1889, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos died aged 65.

A special train brought his body from London to Quainton Road, and from Quainton it was taken to Stowe for service and then to the family vault at Wotton.

He had passed without realizing his dream of linking his railway to Oxford.

Instead it became a quaint little passenger line with stations dotted across the Buckinghamshire hills – starting at Quainton on the main line to London, the line then stopped at Waddesdon, Westcott, Wotton, Church Siding, Wood Siding and Brill.

The rebuilt Quainton Road station as it now appears as part of the Buckinnghamshire Railway Museum

From 1895, the streetcar provided four passenger services in each direction on weekdays.

But the line was soon taken over by the London Metropolitan Railway, making it for a brief time in history part of what is now the Metropolitan line.

The Metropolitan set update upgrades the primitive railroad to a much higher level with new locomotives reducing journey times.

Brill itself became one of two outpost stations serving Buckinghamshire at the end of the line – the other being at Verney Junction – while today the terminus stations are at Chesham and Amersham.

In 1933 it briefly became part of the full London Underground network, but was soon closed by operators in 1935 who simply did not see how it would be financially viable.

At this time the road from Quainton Road to Brill was in decline.

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Competition from new lines and improved road transport had removed much of the tram custom, and trains often ran without a single passenger.

Little trace of the line now remains.

Today, Quainton Road station has been beautifully preserved in Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, where you can still see the tram platform, giving a good idea of ​​what the small branch line once looked like.

You can also try walking along the old line to trace where it went by following in the footsteps of this gentleman.

Finally, you can read a much more comprehensive history of the line here and see some of the locomotives used on the line at the London Transport Museum.

Whatever you do, we hope it’s Brill!

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]]> Video shared by KCPD shows truck hit Independence Bridge Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:18:57 +0000

A Kansas City bridge known to have frequent collisions with commercial trucks on Wednesday saw another driver unsuccessfully attempting to clear its underpass.

A video shared on twitter by the Kansas City Police Department showed the top of a covered truck being removed as it attempted to pass under the bridge near Independence and Wilson avenues. In the video, the truck stops shortly after the driver apparently becomes aware of the crash.

“Apparently the Independence Street Bridge has flat tops,” police said in a tweet. “Everyone is safe, especially the bridge. “

Collisions with the bridge, which has flashing lights and signs indicating 12-foot clearance, are so common that there is a Facebook page dedicated to documenting accidents.

The bridge has been affected by box trucks and semi-trailers for years. His Facebook page which proudly proclaims: “I have been enjoying your human concoctions for decades. Your steel boxes with wheels are absolutely delicious. Please feed me more! “

The Kansas City Terminal Railway Company, which owns the bridge, says it is affected about twice a month. Collisions are so common that sometimes the company is not even aware of them, Shawn Lauby, director of railway safety and administration, told The Star.

Safety inspectors regularly check the bridge after a collision is reported. Authorities placed additional signage there and sought ways to reduce the number of incidents, including exploration of civil engineering projects.

“While these collisions might seem difficult, they don’t do much for the bridge,” Lauby said at the time, adding, “It’s in good shape. It was just designed in a time when you needed it. clearance for horse-drawn carriages, not for 13-and-a-half-foot semi-trailers.

The Star’s Kevin Hardy contributed to this report.

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Bill Lukitsch covers the latest news for The Star. Prior to joining The Star, he covered politics and local government for the Quad-City Times.

]]> Christmas trees collected using horse-drawn carriages Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:42:44 +0000

Two towns in Savoie have collected Christmas trees this week using a horse carriage, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

The municipalities of Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains have been harvesting trees for several years, in order to reduce their carbon footprint and raise awareness among residents of the climate crisis.

Over the past week, horses have pulled a trailer through the two towns, picking up trees – without decoration – left for them at collection points specified by residents and taking them to be composted.

Thus, cities create a natural cycle, from the moment when the inhabitants go to the surrounding countryside to choose their tree until the moment when the trees are picked up by the horses and returned to the earth.

“It’s a bit noisy but it’s the noise of horses’ hooves so it’s quite pleasant,” says Patrick Gautier of Trialp, the organization in charge of collections.

“It’s also non-polluting, so it’s quite pleasant to see. It makes consumers aware of what’s going on in garbage collection and it also provides a bit of entertainment that I think everyone enjoys.

Aix-les-Bains’ two Freiberger horses – Casse-cou and Capitole – are a staple in the city, as they are employed to collect garbage throughout the year.

Three times a week, they tow their trailer across town to pick up boxes thrown away by traders.

Both horses are used to urban environments and are trained to remain calm even in the middle of traffic.

“I think this is a good example of what can be done in terms of eco-responsibility,” Deputy Mayor Marie-Pierre Montoro-Sadoux told Franceinfo.

The Chambériens have yet another opportunity to see their tree picked up by the horse-drawn carriage, which will once again crisscross the city on Saturday January 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

You can find out more about the collection points on the Chambéry agglomeration website.

Collections in Viviers-du-Lac are also taking place today (January 11).

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First Monroe Street Bridge built in 1819 Sun, 09 Jan 2022 11:07:39 +0000

Recently, I wrote about the bridge engineering work of the Monroe-based company WH Knapp, run by Walter H. Knapp, a native of Monroe.

When his Monroe Street Bridge project was completed in late 1929, he completed his advocacy for the Toledo-Monroe Road (aka the Dixie Road) which began in the 1910s and resulted in widespread use in all of Michigan’s reinforced concrete cantilever girder bridge – a design developed during the period as an alternative to standard concrete arch bridge designs.

The very first Monroe Street Bridge was built, according to Charles Hyde’s Historical Report on the Monroe Street Bridge (part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Historical American Engineering Record (available online from the Library of Canada). Congress) was built in 1819 when John Anderson and Oliver Johnson built the first toll bridge over the Raisin River at the present location of the Monroe Street Bridge. The village of Monroe was just incorporated in 1817 south of the Raisin River, and settlements north of the river (including Frenchtown) were growing.

This photo shows the construction of the Monroe Street Bridge, circa 1928. The south side of Monroe Street is shown with the steeple of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church to the left.

While this covered bridge served the initial needs of the village, the growing north / south population of Monroe required a stronger and more functional bridge, as road traffic and ultimately rail traffic increased in the general area (residential and commercial). . The first was an open-cast wooden bridge built by the Town of Monroe and County Monroe in the 1830s. A flood of 1878 destroyed this version of the Monroe Street Bridge, leading to the construction of a Whipple archery bow design that was also used for the nearby Macomb Street Bridge 10 years earlier in 1868.