Taken immediately after the first 2 beaks were added, these pictures show the wheel during the days of its first trial rotation.
21st October: Completion of the first 2 beaks, a man works on the south-west beak, seen under the north-west beak.
21st October: Similar view, taken after the addition of the beaks, but before the first trial rotation.
23rd October: The wheel starts to move.
25th October. By this date the wheel had moved round, in small steps, through nearly 180o.
Rotation continues, Richard's "extra" arrives…
The barge tour from Lock 16 also arrives…
The control room nearing completion.
A gathering of Butterley worthies. Note the webcams located on he post in the background.
Worker silhouetted against the darkening sky, the end of another day at the wheel.
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Photographs Richard McCulloch.