At the end of my European tour I had planned to visit Brugge but the trains didn’t work so my last stop was a return visit to Aachen, the seat of Karl der Grosse, otherwise Aix of Charlemaigne. I had little time to explore on my last visit. Only slightly longer this time around. I wasn’t looking for bridges here but as we pulled into the city we crossed a long viaduct which had to predate the obvious concrete of the apparent construction. As we swung round a bend it was possible to see that is was indeed a brick viaduct recently heavily modified with concrete. So it was quickly added to the programme for the visit.
As usual, there is a pdf here.
The slightly paler stripe top to bottom is, I think, the crown infill concrete. The joint that is covered is mid width.
The Americans have an expression, the normalisation of deviance. That is getting familiar with things being wrong. I see far too much of it in UK. It is slightly sad (but surely not surprising) to find similar things here in Germany. One must not extrapolate too far of course, but the people who do this work are often not well regarded in modern society. It is arduous work, often carried out in difficult conditions, rarely well paid. I believe it is important to explain why as well as what is needed. Why should this work be different from everything else we do.
And that is 2019 started. Happy new year everyone. April’s edition will mark 100 months. I am still regularly asked how long I can continue but there are plenty to go at yet.