New road to Ferrybank

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 17 November 1906

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A shiny new piece of engineering on the Kilkenny side of the Suir at Waterford with the elaborate title "New Road from river, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford : commissioned by Yorkshire Hennebique Co. Ltd., Leeds." I have a feeling things may have changed in the meantime?

Our intrepid contributors tell us that the company who commissioned this image, rightly proud of their engineering efforts, were associated to French engineer François Hennebique. Hennebique pioneered a reinforced concrete system that was very likely used in this construction. It has, outwardly at least, been changed and upgraded in the 100+ years since....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: c.17 November 1906


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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Mar/2019 09:15:06

    From the shape of that outcrop above, I think we are on the Wooden Bridge looking Northwest. The buildings are mostly the GSW railway: Streetview, GeoHive 25" map

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Mar/2019 09:21:30

    In this earlier Lawrence shot of the station, there is no road on the seaward side, and no room for one: L_CAB_00246

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    • 11/Mar/2019 09:28:43

    The signal box seems to have survived all the newer roads and buildings ...

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    • 11/Mar/2019 09:36:40

    Of interest - "François Hennebique (26 April 1842 – 7 March 1921) was a French engineer and self-educated builder who patented his pioneering reinforced-concrete construction system in 1892, integrating separate elements of construction, such as the column and the beam, into a single monolithic element. The Hennebique system was one of the first appearances of the modern reinforced-concrete method of construction. ,,, " From -

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    • 11/Mar/2019 09:38:11

    Flickr is sometimes set in concrete! Via[email protected]/[email protected]/8485531741/

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    abandoned railways

    • 11/Mar/2019 10:09:31

    The signal box was raised to give the pointman a clearer view, also it was the best strategic place for operation.

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    Liam Cheasty

    • 11/Mar/2019 18:00:26

    This is Terminus Street and in fact goes to Sallypark on the North Western side of the Suir, Ferrybank is on the North Eastern Side. A second bridge was added in the late seventies outside the existing structure ( I think ) to create a dual carriageway.,-7.1180095,3a,75y,331.69h,... I think the signal box is listed? The old North Station should have been.

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    • 11/Mar/2019 22:43:48

    The new road was needed because of the expansion of Waterford North station and the construction of the Waterford to Rosslare rail line. It was the first use of the Hennebique ferro-concrete system for road construction and I think the first of its kind in Ireland. A few years later the technique was used in the building of R&H Halls flour mills and Redmond Bridge. The chief engineer of the Great Southern and Western railway, Albert Gordon, and Mr. L.G. Mouchel, a consulting engineer, were responsible for the design. Yorkshire Hennebique Ltd. of Leeds were responsible for the construction starting in September 1905 and completing in August 1906. This is an illustration from the Railway Engineer October 1906 Waterford North Station New Road

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    Joe Cashin Photography(Thanks for 11 Million views

    • 13/Mar/2019 15:13:14

    New road to Sallypark ?