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Volunteers help build Bolton’s Meccano bridge

8 January 2013 No Comment

Twenty-two local people responded to an appeal to help build a bridge across a canal in Little Lever, made from scaled up Meccano, theboltonnews.co.uk reports.

Artist Liam Curtin designed a metalwork bridge comprised of giant pieces of the much-loved children’s building toy, Meccano. The bridge passes over the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal using pieces that are ten times bigger than normal, which had to be cut by a local steel fabricator.

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While the walls and abutments had already been constructed over an existing horse bridge, the coated steel Meccano pieces still needed to be joined together and affixed, a feat that wasn’t without its fair share of problems.

Building a bridge from Meccano is the fulfilment of a childhood dream

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For a start, the pieces were considerably heavier than the originals – “Even the bolts are 1.4kg,” said volunteer, Manny Aspinall. Additionally, the bolts were just 55mm smaller than the holes, which caused some issues with fit.

It is hoped that the finished bridge, a £90,000 scheme will improve links between Little Lever and the nearby Moses Gate Country Park.

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“Building a bridge from giant Meccano is the fulfilment of a childhood dream,” said Curtin to constructionenquirer.com: “I spent my entire childhood building mechanical devices from Meccano and now we have the largest Meccano style set in the world.

“This project is unique not just in the sense that it is scaled up Meccano, but because local people are actually building their own footbridge and it is bringing the community together.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 3 January 2013

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