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History of Spreuer Bridge
The original Spreuer Bridge was erected around 1400 (first mentioned in 1408), but destroyed by storm in 1566, and rebuilt in 1568. The small chapel on the bridge also dates back to 1568, it has been renovated in 1889. An older small bridge at the location connected Mühlenplatz [Mill's place] with the city mills [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Dec 13th 2013

Paintings under the roof of Spreuer Bridge
Under the roof of Spreuer Bridge, 67 paintings dating from 1626 to 1635 represent a “Dance of Death”. Death, represented as a skeleton or as the “Great Reaper” urges everybody to dance with him, i.e. to die. Death makes no difference between old and young, churchmen and laymen, rich [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Dec 12th 2013

…from the Swiss Transport Museum.

4 Comments CherryPie on Dec 11th 2013

From the signboard:

British Aerospace Spacelab Pallet F003/MD004
The use of pallets for transport is not restricted to rail trucks.  During the 1980s, British Aerospace produced a series of pallets for carrying experiments and cargo on the American space shuttle as part of the European Spacelab programme.
To utilise the available space as efficiently as possible, the Spacelab [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Dec 10th 2013

From information signboard:

Rotary snow-plough Xrot m No 100 Rotary Gotthard Railway GB 1895
The snow-plough body contains the boiler and a twin-cylinder steam engine driving the bucket wheel, which is nearly 3 metres in diameter.  The cutting blades were adjustable to cope with the varying hardness of the drifts.  The jet of snow that was hurled [...]

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