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Sand Rails

By Arvorphoto    
Following on from the previous images around Bude Canal, here's one of the 'Sand Rails' that were integral to the life of the canal.

The canal was primarily constructed to transport sand inland to improve the quality of soil for farming in the North East of Cornwall and North Devon. The sand, which was nutrient rich, was collected from Summerleaze Beach and loaded into tipping wagons that were then pulled along the narrow railway by horses. The sand was then tipped in to tub boats which were waiting in the lower or 'sand' wharf of the canal. The canal then headed out towards Holsworthy and Launceston and Vinworthy Reservoir which was built to supply water to the canal system, the routes unusually including four inclined planes. The tub boats had wheels that engaged with rails on the inclines.

Tags: Photography Cornwall Transport Sand Farming Engineering Bude Agriculture Fertiliser Summerleaze beach bude canal 2019 'sand' wharf Sand Rails

Voters: mike9005, andrewrit, Kabrielle and 19 more


Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2019 1:00PM
Sorry, not much of a comment today, I was on Night Shift...
But if I voted, you have done excellent photography !!
Isabel GrinGrin
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
24 Nov 2019 2:13PM
super composition
saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 78 Norway
24 Nov 2019 3:33PM
The long and winding tracks...
(with apologies to The Beatles)
Arvorphoto Plus
11 144 6 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2019 4:26PM

Quote:The long and winding tracks...
(with apologies to The Beatles)

25 Nov 2019 8:11AM
What a great shot 🙂

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