Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Signs of the (old) times
On one of my usual weekend rambles around the local countryside, I came across this interesting weight restriction sign guarding a bridge over the Macclesfield canal. Signed by the Great Central Railway, it alludes to the fact that said bridge is ‘INSUFFICIENT TO CARRY A HEAVY MOTOR CAR’ with an axle weight of three tons (or if the combined axle weight equates to five tons). That would certainly be a heavy motor car! Considering this is a pre-1930s sign, I wonder if the GCR had the same worries about drivers of oversized ‘Cheshire Tractors’ (lifestyle 4x4s) as we do today?!
It’s also interesting that the Great Central Railway had control over this canal which, incidentally, runs parallel to the former GCR Macclesfield to Rose Hill (Marple) line.