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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 16th July, 2011)

Adam Viaduct (1946)

Adam Viaduct (1946)
This bridge is still in use and has been listed by English Heritage in 1999.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR-XR200VE)
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Comment by: Phil Whitehead on 16th July 2011 at 00:15

Great shot and looks interesting too.
Where is this bridge located please.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 16th July 2011 at 09:27

Mick, It would be andy if you could mention where the bridge is located and the line it carries.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 16th July 2011 at 10:03

Not sure if it is called Adam Viaduct even though it is close to Adam Bridge. The viaduct is over the River Douglas at Newtown near Asda and carries the Manchester to Kirkby line.

Comment by: Cyril on 16th July 2011 at 11:53

Yes it's called Adam Viaduct, and it is listed because it was the first structure to be built in the country using pre-cast concrete.

Comment by: Bob on 16th July 2011 at 12:48

Are you sure Cyril, How old is the line?

Comment by: John Banks on 16th July 2011 at 13:10

The new bypass is going under the third tunnel to ease the traffic at sadle junction.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 16th July 2011 at 13:37

I've located the bridge on the internet, the Adam Viaduct replaced the original Lancashire and Yorkshire bridge in 1946. The line opened in 1848. Cyril's spot on, it's the first example in the country to use pre-cast concrete.

Comment by: Jimmy on 16th July 2011 at 13:54

The new bypass will be a dual carriageway, and go under the end two John.

Comment by: britboy on 16th July 2011 at 14:41

I see someone managed to deface it!

Comment by: Bob on 16th July 2011 at 14:48

Adam Viaduct (1946) Wigan carries the LMS railway from Wigan to the South West, over the River Douglas, at OS Grid Reference SD571051. It has 4 spans of about 29' each, with 16 I-beams in each span. It was prestressed with the Freyssinet system. The advantages were claimed to be the speed of erection; ballasted track could be used and the heavier beams meant that the bridge was less lively. .

Comment by: The_Gwim_Weaper on 16th July 2011 at 17:12

Is the Horse Chestnut still there, Mick. It would be behind you and to yur left as you took the pic. Some lovely trees growing over there.

Comment by: Tony on 21st July 2011 at 12:48

Wonder what the original bridge looked like; anyone know?

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