#319 – The Last Days Of Bamber Bridge (New) Mill – 3

The days of swinging a big iron ball are long gone, demolition these days is more like deconstruction. A long arm excavator with a powerful claw pulls the building apart, and then places all the material for recycling into big piles or straight into trucks. It does make for slow progress though, especially when there is…

#318 – The Last Days of Bamber Bridge (New) Mill – 2

I grew up in a town full of red brick mills. They were all very similar to New Mill, being very large 4 or 5 storey mills, sometimes in large complexes of two, three, four or even five mills. As the industry shrunk dramatically from the early 60’s onwards, these giants and their chimnies started…

#317 – The Last Days of Bamber Bridge (New) Mill – 1

New Mill was a massive local landmark, towering over the main street and neat terraced streets of Bamber Bridge. It could also be seen quite prominently from the M6, and was adjacent to the Blackburn – Preston railway line. You really had to try hard not to see it, as it was the tallest building…

#316 – Little Mountains

Surrounding Lake Lucerne are a range of mountainous valleys, which open up onto the Lake. The lake itself is large, and criss-crossed by steamboats and more modern ferries. It is also home to fleets of gravel boats, as the lakebed is being dredged for the material that is then shipped to the shore. I was enjoying…

#315 – Lucerne to Zurich Express

A recent business trip to Switzerland resulted in the opportunity to use the countries railway system to get to the airport. I’d never  been to Switzerland before but knew that the Swiss railway network, ran like the clockwork mechanisms the Swiss are famous for. And indeed, it did, everything ran bang on time, the trains were clean…