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Feats of Engineering

Feats of Engineering

The Feats of Engineering theme depicts technological excellence in the development of transport. Follow the links below for some prime examples.

Mean Machines of the Manchester Ship Canal

German land dredger under construction

Digging the Manchester Ship Canal required the design and construction of some monstrous machines. Follow the links below to find out all about:


GCR Contractor's Locomotives

German land dredger under construction

The life and work of the pocket powerhouses behind the construction of the Great Central Railway, including those built by:

Five amazing aircraft

Click on the images or names below to see more:

The Bristol Bullfinch

The Bristol Bullfinch

The Bristol Beaufighter

The Bristol Beaufighter

The Bristol Britannia

The Bristol Britannia

The Bristol Sycamore

The Bristol Sycamore

Concorde

Concorde

Ten Engineering Keywords

Pick a keyword from the list below and click search:

Steam
Model
Wheel
Lock
Oil
Plan
Engine
Design
Jet
Test

Ship Canal Swing Bridges

Building the Manchester Ship Canal presented an interesting problem: how to fit a giant ship under a bridge. The answer? Simply swing the bridge out of the way!

Click the links below for four examples:

The Bristol Brabazon

Terence Cuneo impression of the Brabazon

The Bristol Brabazon was at the cutting edge of aviation technology. Indeed some might say it stepped too far over the edge! This story from the Aviation Archive finds out why.

Visit the story to find out how the Brabazon pushed back the boundaries of:

Barton Road Swing Bridge

Barton Road Swing Bridge

Trafford Road Swing Bridge

Trafford Road Swing Bridge

Moore Lane Bridge

Moore Lane Bridge

Old Quay Bridge, Runcorn

Old Quay Bridge, Runcorn

Four Great Central Locomotives

There are currently over 200 pictures of locomotives in the Railway Archive.
Follow the links below for four of the best:

Four wheeled inspection trolley 0-6-0 Saddle Tank- The Auditor Robinson designed 4-4-0 Class 11B Metropolitan Railway Locomotive
Four wheeled inspection trolley 0-6-0 Saddle Tank- "The Auditor" Robinson designed 4-4-0 Class 11B Metropolitan Railway Locomotive