In June 2016, 2,375 cumecs of water from the South Esk River and approximately 800 cumecs from the North Esk River resulted in the largest flood since 1969 causing a reasonable amount of damage to the Duck Reach Power Station Museum. Glasgow Engineering were asked to undertake a series of jobs on site, rectify the flood damage caused to the Flying Fox and reinstate on site, manufacture a skyline and winding cable termination tower, repair and install the Penstock gantry and reinstate one of the original Hydro Turbines, in all logistically a challenging project requiring all components to be flown in and out by helicopter.

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The Duck Reach Power Station during the 2016 flood
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The flood damaged flying fox
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Straightening the flying fox in the plate folder
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With all the steel work repaired, the flying fox is ready for the timbers to be fitted
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The flying fox carriage in use, prior to being washed away in the 1929 floods
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The moment we found the flying fox carriage 500 meters down stream after being washed away in the 1929 floods
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The flying fox carriage after being lifted from the river by helicopter, photo showing Shane Dennington from the Duck Reach Museum and John Hutton from Glasgow Engineering
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Amazingly after 87 years under water the wheels still turned
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Flying the flying fox and tower in by helicopter
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The restored flying fox on site, workmen at the power station use to ride the flying fox to work every day.
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The flying fox and cable tower manufactured by us to terminate the flying fox sky line and winding cables
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Stripping down Hydro Turbine into flyable components our goal weight was around 750 kg per item
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Flying in the turbine components
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Rebuilding the original hydro turbine in the power house
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Hydro turbine reassembled
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Penstock Gantry ready to be flown in
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Penstock Gantry in position
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Inside the winding house the job was to tidy all the winding cables and manufacture a support beam for the skyline
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Inside the winding house the job was to tidy all the winding cables and manufacture a support beam for the skyline
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