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Skew Railway Bridge, Kennet & Avon Canal.

Skew Railway Bridge.

Skew Railway Bridge: Crossing the Kennet & Avon Canal to the east of Newbury.

Crossing the Kennet & Avon Canal to the east of Newbury.

Today’s photograph marks a minor milestone for us. Cruising under this skew railway bridge, we are leaving Newbury and heading off onto a new adventure!

Canals and railways often have a close heritage. The canals were originally developed to provide new transportation routes. They opened up opportunities, and in many ways were the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution.

Having proved their worth, many were directly replaced by rail, although in some cases the transition was slower than others. In some cases, as with the Kennet & Avon, the Canal Company was taken over by its new rival.

Being competitors, the railways generally followed the canal. In places they would take a differing route – for reasons of speed, benefits of new technologies for building the route, or because of a change in demand.

This often means there is a skew railway bridge (or more) along the route. This particular example is lessened slightly by the dog-leg in the canal itself. On the outskirts of Newbury, this is near Bulls Lock – scene of the first ever post on this blog.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 26 Aug 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/6.3
  • 1/320 Sec
  • ISO 200

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