Monday, October 27, 2014

June 2013: into the guts of the Tower of London

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so I was invited to some sort of a corporate shindig in the Tower of London         

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and here’s my darling HMS Belfast, isn't she so pretty? what a lovely old girl.

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there’s the tower bridge in the hazy sunshine 

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the Mayor’s office and the Shard in the background.

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looking up at the bridge, see those two walkways? I will be up there soon.

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there’s the tower of London

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and somebody is actually rowing in this river!        

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I'm now in the room where the event is taking place.

then they took us out.

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a little slide show…about how it was constructed and a bit of history

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and then we go up to the two walkways. On the sides, you can see small plaques talking about the history of the bridge and the city.

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peering eastwards…can you see my office there on the left in the back?

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looking down west

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a model of how the bridge was build it put together.

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London’s bridges

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Looking across to the other walkway



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a helpful little graphic showing the views…to the west

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some interesting factoids…

we finish the briefing and were offered to pop down to see the engine room.

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we move to the south tower

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where these two giant plaques are affixed to the wall.

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and then we meet up with the guide. Pink??? really?

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these were the boilers…coal fired..which powered the pumps and machines. 

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coal was brought through these hoppers into the bunker on these rails. 

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and here’s the engine. The engine itself wouldn't raise the bridge, its too massive for that, but it will work the pneumatic hydraulic plumbing which did make it work. 

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and here’s the accumulator tower, this weight going up and down will actually move the bridge. A YouTube video is shown below

here is a great documentary on the tower bridge which goes into more detail.


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waving goodbye to the bridge…amazing stuff

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