Sunderland point!

timmus

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Sunderland Point is gaining some fame in A2OC. :)

Sunderland Point is a tiny harbour village that gets cut off by the high tide. My house is just to the mainland side of the tidal marshlands, meaning that I am never cut off by the tide and can come and go freely, unlike the people who live at Sunderland Point itself, whose lives are governed by the tide. My house is actually 15m above sea level, so there's no chance of flooding unless the Antarctic ice shelf melts considerably. At low tide, you can easily walk to Sunderland Point from my house. However, @Abe123 and I met in a car park outside my parents' house, which is about 10 minutes away. The car park allows for socially distanced retrofitting.

Cheers,

Tom
 

66Beetle

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Ah ! We live between Sandside, Storth and Arnside. The road is often flooded when tides are high, Don’t think we are so high above sea level as 15m but we have the Railway Embankment between the Estuary and Sandside Road then the much older dyke between Sandside Road and us. A2 is booked in at WOM Automotive for a New Clutch, Taking it down Thursday 28th next week and leaving it with them for a week or so, if you want anything taking down to WOM, or bringing back ?

Regards,

Steve
 

66Beetle

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I knew about Sunderland Point from an early age. I read the novel “ Lanterns Over the Lune “ ( by Kathleen Fidler ? ). Have been visiting since I passed my Driving Test way back in 1973. I work very near to Sunderland Point, and have done since 1985.
 

timmus

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I knew about Sunderland Point from an early age. I read the novel “ Lanterns Over the Lune “ ( by Kathleen Fidler ? ). Have been visiting since I passed my Driving Test way back in 1973. I work very near to Sunderland Point, and have done since 1985.
You've certainly known about Sunderland Point for a lot longer than I have. I think my first visit was probably in the year 2000-ish. Where abouts do you work?

Cheers,

Tom
 

66Beetle

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Heysham 2. Shift Operations Technician, since August 1985. Until then I was in the Motor Trade from when I left school in 1974. Did 3 years Day Release at Kendal College CGLI Motor Vehicle Light and Heavy, ULCI Motor Vehicle. Worked at Dutton Forshaw in Kendal until 1977. Moved to Trucks Kendal Ltd until 1983. Then back to Dutton Forshaw as Parts Sales Rep.

Sent you PM saying we are taking the A2 down to WOM next Thursday and leaving it there for a week or so, if you want anything taking to WOM or bringing back ?

Steve
 

timmus

A2OC Donor
Heysham 2
Ah yes! Heysham Castle, as I call it. That is indeed not far from Sunderland Point, nor my house. Not infrequently, I walk along along the top of the sea defences between the power station and the sea. From the end, you can watch the boats heading out to the Isle of Man. I also like seeing the cooling water outfall, where the station returns sea water to the bay. I presume this is used for cooling the turbines or the reactor itself.

Sent you PM saying we are taking the A2 down to WOM next Thursday and leaving it there for a week or so, if you want anything taking to WOM or bringing back ?
Ah yes, I've just read that this morning. Thank you kindly for your offer. I shall respond to your PM. :)

Kind regards,

Tom
 

66Beetle

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It was designed to look like an Ocean Liner.

The bulk of the CW ( Cooling Water ) just passes through the Condensers which are below the LP ( Low Pressure ) Turbine Cylinders. The CW passes through Tubes taking latent heat out of the Steam outside of the Tubes, leaving the Low Pressure Turbine Blades, to condense the Steam back to Water to end up going back through the Boilers.
 

timmus

A2OC Donor
It was designed to look like an Ocean Liner.

The bulk of the CW ( Cooling Water ) just passes through the Condensers which are below the LP ( Low Pressure ) Turbine Cylinders. The CW passes through Tubes taking latent heat out of the Steam outside of the Tubes, leaving the Low Pressure Turbine Blades, to condense the Steam back to Water to end up going back through the Boilers.
Thanks for the insight. I can see an A2OC social here. @66Beetle could give us all an in-depth tour of a nuclear power station ...there surely can't be any security or bureaucratic obstacles to that! :p
 
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Jeff Sutcliffe

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Thanks for the insight. I can see an A2OC social here. @66Beetle could give us all an in-depth tour of a nuclear power station ...there surely can't be any security or bureaucratic obstacles to that! :p
That should be possible Tom. I've been on a tour there with a group of less able people from Rochdale when I was a driver for an 'accessible bus' company.
Today's funny story is remembering that constant use of the tail lift caused the bus' battery to die whilst we were parked in Heysham village for a toilet stop en route.
Not wanting to miss the tour waiting for breakdown recovery, those who were able, including me, pushed the bus whilst a blind man did the 'clutch up, now dip it and give it some revs' bit as we bump started it. The blind man had held a driving licence before he lost his sight so there was absolutely nothing could have gone wrong.
He was a regular passenger and his guide dog, complete with regulation yellow reflective harness, used to travel with its front paws on dashboard by my side. I often wondered whether seeing the dog possibly caused alarm to other road users.
 

66Beetle

A2OC Donor
That should be possible Tom. I've been on a tour there with a group of less able people from Rochdale when I was a driver for an 'accessible bus' company.
Today's funny story is remembering that constant use of the tail lift caused the bus' battery to die whilst we were parked in Heysham village for a toilet stop en route.
Not wanting to miss the tour waiting for breakdown recovery, those who were able, including me, pushed the bus whilst a blind man did the 'clutch up, now dip it and give it some revs' bit as we bump started it. The blind man had held a driving licence before he lost his sight so there was absolutely nothing could have gone wrong.
He was a regular passenger and his guide dog, complete with regulation yellow reflective harness, used to travel with its front paws on dashboard by my side. I often wondered whether seeing the dog possibly caused alarm to other road users.
Pre booked Physical Tours of Nuclear Power Stations were always available but probably not at the moment.

There are loads of great stories to be told about the crack between the lads ( and lasses these days ) on Shifts at work. Especially when I started there in my 20s with a lot of older blokes approaching their retirement. Much the same as any other place of work. Close knit Shifts of workers always have their great characters, and we have had some really great ones. Content not always suitable for publication ! Now it’s me that is the old git ( 64 ) passing on all the tales to the younger ones.
 
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timmus

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Spouse and I visited in mid-March, just before ... we couldn't
Your last photo, of the gate, shows the camera obscura in the background, in the igloo-shaped stone construction. Just out of sight is Sambo's grave; the burial site of an enslaved cabin boy, which also serves as a general reminder of the horrors of the slave trade.

Tom
 
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