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Barton Swing Aqueduct

By Spirit
When a ship needs to pass up the Manchester Ship Canal at Barton (Near Eccles), this suspended section of the Bridgewater canal is rotated 90 degrees.

The beauty for me lies in the fact that despite being an engineering world first (Opened 1894), and local landmark, it has no heirs and graces looking semi derelict. It is in fact used regularly. This picture was taken from a road bridge which also rotates on the same central plinth. Click on the link for more info.

Tags: Transport Black and white Landscape and travel

Voters: kieranmccay, borrower, polly470 and 1 more

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7 Feb 2010 8:50PM
very good image
borrower 11 4 England
8 Feb 2010 1:22PM
Lovely image, which was once a busy canal indeed, great city
Spirit 11 10 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 7:51PM
Thanks for the comments
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 6:31PM
An excellent photograph of a fascinating structure. I must visit it myself, some day.

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