Greece Xmas Special

Well before Christmas we promised you a Xmas special that consisted of a couple of Videos we made in Greece. Guess what? They have finally been loaded only 3 months late and from Italy. You could say we have been reflective of the sluggishness of the Greek economy in posting this stuff so late but that would be unfair, we are far more efficient than that. The reason for the delay is down to the size of the files and time to load. In Greece we tried many times and failed to load them, over Chrimbo we could not be bothered and now with lovely 4G connectivity we have carried out the upload at enormous cost to ourselves (€1). So please watch them.

The first is about the Rio-Antirrio Bridge with views from both on the bridge as crossed in the Homie and underneath as we returned by ferry.

The 2,880 m (9,449 ft) long bridge (approximately 1.8 miles) improves access to and from the Peloponnese, which could previously be reached only by ferry or via the Isthmus of Corinth in the east. Its width is 28 m (92 ft) with two vehicle lanes per direction, an emergency lane and a pedestrian walkway. Its five-span four-pylon cable-stayed portion of length 2,252 m (7,388 ft) is the world’s second longest cable-stayed deck; only the deck of the Millau Viaduct in southern France is longer at 2,460 m (8,071 ft). However, as the latter is also supported by bearings at the pylons apart from cable stays, the Rio–Antirrio Bridge deck might be considered the longest cable-stayed “suspended” deck.

This bridge is widely considered to be an engineering masterpiece, owing to several solutions applied to span the difficult site. These difficulties include deep water, insecure materials for foundations, seismic activity, the probability of tsunamis, and the expansion of the Gulf of Corinth due to plate tectonics.

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The Second video is of the complete journey of the Diakofto to Kalavyrita Mountain Railway. We bolted a GoPro Camera to the roof of the train and recorded the entire journey as it speeds down this impossible gorge. There is only millimetres to spare as the camera travels through the tunnels. In fact you will see at one point the Camera got hit but the safety harness held and all was well again in seconds. We then speeded the Video up by 5 times just to give the film a bit more action and also reduce the running time into a bite size chunk. You can see in the photo below the camera bolted to the train.

The railway is a single line with 750 mm (2 ft 5 12 in) gauge. It climbs from sea level to 720 m in 22.3 km with a maximum gradient of 17.5%. There are three sections with an Abt (Swiss) system rack for a total of 3.8 km. Maximum speed is 40 km/h for adhesion sections and 12 km/h for rack sections.[3]

There are bridges over Vouraikos River at many locations and numerous tunnels. Passing loops exist at Niamata, Triklia, Zachlorou and Kerpini

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We hope you enjoy them

Love to all

Take Care



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