Building an AFS 6″ Pipe Bridge

Tony Henwood and David Moore hatched a plan to build an AFS pipe bridge. Unfortunately, it is believed that the whole stock of AFS pipes was scrapped when Marchington closed down. So a few Tee pieces were sacrificed to supply the ends, and these were turned and welded onto new pipe.

A group gathered in the melting snow, and laid out the pipes. We fitted the Tee pieces, although we couldn’t complete the bridge with the plastic pipes at each end as our supply of plastic pipes was some 80 miles away.

The bridge was lifted with 10 people. It went up surprisingly easily, once we had decided to simply ‘foot’ the two legs on one side, and push up the two legs on the other side.

The hope is that we can put it up at Derby Fire Show, and at Welland Steam Rally. It would make a great piece over the arena entrance. How about only fitting one plastic pipe, and ‘spouting’ from the top back into the dam? (Only if there is no wind!)

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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