Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Has it really been a week since I last bothered to post? Work has been hell-busy; as has the social life. Just haven't had a chance to sit down and put fingers to keyboard.
I don't have much in the way of photos either - I've been getting up almost an hour earlier than a few months ago, and I'm finding that there are very few bikes on the road at the time I head into work. Not a lot of walkers and runners either, although I did pass a class of all female boxers the other day - all of them pounding away at each other with great vigour.
Everyone always photographs the entire span of the Harbour Bridge, but you rarely see the details like this. Ever wondered how the bridge is actually anchored to each shore? Hint - the big granite towers are there for show and don't do a damned thing.
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Isn't there just one big holding it all together at ground level?
Ah, one big BOLT that is....
The function of the towers ended during construction, when the the two halves of the arch met in the middle.
In the early 1940s we lived at 9 Lower Fort Street, and Dawes Point Park was our playground. Occasionally we would walk along Hickson Road, on the harbor side of the pylons, and marvel at the huge nuts that fasten the arch-pivots to the granite base. As a six-year-old, I often wondered what sort of spanner was needed to turn the nuts — and the size of the bloke that wielded it.
Just refreshed my memories of those nuts in Google Maps street view. There are 24 of them, just above foot-path level.
Sadly, they are not quite as gigantic as I remember them.
Aren't some of the towers now functioning as exhausts for the tunnel?
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