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Posted by Andy Jordan 
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Portumna Bridge
15 December, 2008 11:43
Rumor has it that the new bridge in Portumna is not working properly either. New technology how are you.

Regards
Andy Jordan


From: Shane
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 11:37 AM
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Subject: Re: [waterways] McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock




and the 5th fixed bridge opened this year, also McMahon bridge.

Opened, but doesn't open :-S



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/12/2008 16:13 by Michael Slevin.
Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
15 December, 2008 12:45
Andy wrote.....


Rumor has it that the new bridge in Portumna is not working properly either.
New technology how are you.

Colin>>>> seemed to be working just fine on Saturday.

Colin
Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
15 December, 2008 15:40
Are you sure it wasn't intended that way !. If it doesn't work, there's
no point in even trying. Keeps boats in nice manageable groups. We
couldn't be having with any mass protests now, could we.

Andy Jordan wrote:
> Rumor has it that the new bridge in Portumna is not working properly
> either. New technology how are you.
>
> Regards
Portumna bridge.
15 December, 2008 13:43
Colin>>>> seemed to be working just fine on Saturday.

That's great cause last week it took 55 minutes to get 2 boats through, the bridge refused to behave and eventually with a bit of counter balancing and using the overide switch, it was opened and then closed. Almost a comedy hour. Lots of engineers and head scratching involved. Glad to see its all sorted now.

Regards
Andy Jordan
Re: Portumna bridge.
15 December, 2008 14:00
Andy wrote....

That's great cause last week it took 55 minutes to get 2 boats through, the
bridge refused to behave and eventually with a bit of counter balancing and
using the overide switch, it was opened and then closed. Almost a comedy
hour. Lots of engineers and head scratching involved. Glad to see its all
sorted now.

Colin>>>>Mind you I did notice that there were two large weights sitting on
the foot-paths at the western end of the swing span. Its interesting
because I remember when similar weights were added to the old swing span a
number of years ago after a re-decking operation had obviously unbalanced
the bridge. I wonder that someone didn't think to add some kind of ballast
tank system to the underside of the bridge to allow for fine tuning of the
balance over the years.

Colin
Re: Portumna bridge.
15 December, 2008 14:36
Potumna Bridge was NOT working properly last Saturday.

"Arthur" was positioned at the bridge circa 11.55 on Saturday morning.
The road traffic barriers were duly lowered into position and road
traffic was temporarily suspended.

The bridge did not open and after a few moments the road barriers were
raised and traffic across the bridge commenced flowing once more.

The lock-keeper then made his way to the quayside and proceeded to
engage in verbal communication with the crew of "Arthur" wherein we were
advised that whereas he could let us through on Saturday he could not
facilitate a bridge opening on Sunday because he would not have the
(council?) workers in attendance that he needed to assist him with the
weights that were needed to open and close the bridge!!! He also left
us with the clear impression that the bridge was not functioning
reliably and consistently with respect to opening and closing.

BTW, we had attempted to make contact via phone but received no reply.
We gather that there is no working phone in the control box.

We were not in a position to defer our return until Monday (when he
would have the requisite assistance on hand) and we turned "Arthur"
around and took a quick spin to Meelick which is also under maintenance
at the moment!

And the weather was glorious.....exactly as forecast by Metcheck which,
IMHO, is one of the most accurate and reliable on-line weather
forecasting services available to water users.

We were disappointed as we had planned another weekend trip to
Garrykennedy, now being much the wiser re the use of shorepower there!!!


Paul J Scannell,
"Arthur"

Andy Jordan wrote:
> Colin>>>> seemed to be working just fine on Saturday.
>
> That's great cause last week it took 55 minutes to get 2 boats
> through, the bridge refused to behave and eventually with a bit of
> counter balancing and using the overide switch, it was opened and then
> closed. Almost a comedy hour. Lots of engineers and head scratching
> involved. Glad to see its all sorted now.
>
> Regards
> Andy Jordan
>
Re: Portumna bridge.
15 December, 2008 15:48
Paul wrote...


> Potumna Bridge was NOT working properly last Saturday.

Colin>>>>I stand corrected. I was there by road sometime after 12:00 and it
was already open and seemed to close fairly readily.

I will make enquiries of the powers that be as to whether this problem will
be resolved shortly or whether further delays are to be expected.

best Wishes,

Colin
Re: Portumna bridge.
15 December, 2008 21:59
AAAAAAGGGGHHHHH..........! ! !
Does that mean Reflection is trapped between Meelick and Portumna bridge for the Winter.......


Rgds
Richard Ellis


Virginia Lady
Re: Portumna Bridge
15 December, 2008 23:44
Hi Richard, wanna come to Lanesboro, I can give you a trip on the lake....to keep the blues away..

Les..41M
Re: Portumna bridge.
16 December, 2008 07:49
Quote:
Richard
> Does that mean Reflection is trapped between Meelick and Portumna bridge for the Winter.......

I know, I know, winking smiley winking smiley dangerously close to those north shannon wearwolves, hairey palmed hands on their tillers, they only come out at night, no lights, full moon, and wit that could blow out a candle! winking smiley winking smiley Don't go north of Banagher whatever you do, not without garlic and a priest anyway! winking smiley winking smiley
Re: Portumna bridge.
16 December, 2008 23:17
OceanFroggie Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------

> I know, I know, winking smiley winking smiley dangerously close to those
> north shannon wearwolves, hairey palmed hands on
> their tillers, they only come out at night, no
> lights, full moon, and wit that could blow out a
> candle! winking smiley winking smiley Don't go north of Banagher whatever
> you do, not without garlic and a priest anyway! winking smiley
> winking smiley


Mmmh, dont know about that Noel, getting pretty desperate for a boating fix at the moment....
Might go out and buy some Garlic (just in case...)

Anyhow if U41 will allow me on-board I am sure I could sneak around underwater(at least for those risky "full moon" periods)

Rgds
Richard Ellis


Virginia Lady
Re: Re: Portumna bridge.
17 December, 2008 00:34
@#$%& Noel.....a garlicky priest...?? even Father Jack would smell better
than that...!!

M(W&W)F

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