The 'Red Wheel' programme of commemorative plaques goes from strength to strength, helping to raise the profile of Britain's transport heritage and, at the same time, raising the profile of the Trust.

On Monday 14th November we had two further unveilings, at 'Premier League' sites on the west side of Manchester, and all members and their friends were invited to attend:

 

Barton Canal Aqueducts on the Bridgewater Canal - at the site of Brindley's original aqueduct over the River Irwell and the Swing Aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal, which replaced it. The Swing Aqueduct was be swung in our honour!  

 

 

Manchester Barton Aerodrome - opened in 1930 as the first municipal airport in Britain and still operational.  Our visit included a tour of some of the original infrastructure of the aerodrome, including the Hangar and Passenger Terminal, and the oldest continuously used Control Tower of 1932.  Read more

 

Both sites are owned by the Peel Group, which was represented by two of its Directors.  Our visit to the Aerodrome was also hosted by the Friends of Barton Aerodrome. 

 

The Transport Trust party was led by our President, Sir William McAlpine and Civic Dignitaries joined us.

 

Monday, 14th November 2016 

 

Barton Canal Aqueduct,

Barton Lane, Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester M30 0HX

and

Manchester Barton Aerodrome,

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M30 7SA

 
 
 
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