Inca Bridge

Before some know-it-all tells me, yes, I am fully aware that the Inca predate Latin American railways by some considerable time. Thank you!

The “Inca Bridge” in question was built by the railway to maintain the ancient right of way along an Inca Road which crosses the site of Puerto station. It has stone piers supporting steel girders which in turn support brick parapets. The road across the bridge is paved with bricks, evoking childhood memories of a narrow pathway in Glossop known as the Grab Alley which also had brick paving (long since demolished to make way for a supermarket car park).

bridge 1

Of course, farmers being farmers they naturally assume that the bridge is provided for their benefit despite having been told on many occasions that the right of way is for pedestrians and pack animals only. The tractor and trailer do help to hide where the path meets the backscene though.

Anyhow, the piers have been there for some time and I have, eventually, got round to providing the bridge. Maybe I’ll get around to weathering the girders and brickwork too…  Mañana.

While my attention was turned to the branch terminus I’ve cut back the vegetation around the turntable, allowing locos and railcars which overhang the ends of the deck to be turned without getting tangled in the weeds.

Railcar 14 at PdS

The need for this clearance is demonstrated by the recently rebuilt railcar 14 which now sits a lot lower on its chassis.



About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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