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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 24th March, 2011)

Old railway bridge

Old railway bridge
Old railway bridge over Ashton Heath.

Photo: Tony Greenwood  (Nikon d3000 18-55mm f3.5)
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Comment by: John on 24th March 2011 at 07:24

Not too sure of this one? Did trains go over the bridge or under it, or indeed both?

Comment by: brian d on 24th March 2011 at 09:25

good clear photo, passed this bridge
a few times.

Comment by: Dougie on 24th March 2011 at 10:07

Lost me with this photo is it in A-in-M

Comment by: honk on 24th March 2011 at 12:04

The bridge is located about half way between Ashton heath and Golborne; it carried the Wigan to St Helens central railway which went through Haydock Park and Haydock before terminating at St Helens Central Station which is now the magistrates Court and Birchley St car park.

Good photo Tony, bet it's a bit spooky in the dark.

Comment by: Bob on 24th March 2011 at 13:04

Its Wigan to Lowton and Glazebury line that finished in 1964.

Comment by: Les on 24th March 2011 at 18:37

Look on Google earth.

Comment by: honk on 24th March 2011 at 22:30

The line was originally for services between St Helens and Lowton St Mary’s calling at Haydock, Ashton in Makerfield, Haydock Park and Golborne, a connection was required at Lowton St Mary’s for Glazebrook and Manchester Central. Passenger services were withdrawn on 3rd march 1952. Colliery trains and Haydock Park specials continued to use, the line was finally closed in 1965.
I remember travelling from Haydock to Wigan Central station when I was a lad, hence the reason I originally said the Wigan/St Helens line. As Les says check it out on Google Earth you can clearly see the line meets the main line in the direction of Wigan

Comment by: Dougie on 24th March 2011 at 23:11

So I,ve walk over that bridge a few times in the past with the dog, infact we walked over the heath to Haydock park then on to Golborne today but didn't think to look for the bridge

Comment by: Fat Controller on 1st April 2011 at 23:06

Thomas says Choo Choo !!

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