Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 16th July, 2011)
Adam Viaduct (1946)
Photo: Mick Byrne (Sony HDR-XR200VE)
Great shot and looks interesting too.
Where is this bridge located please.
Mick, It would be andy if you could mention where the bridge is located and the line it carries.
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.
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.
Are you sure Cyril, How old is the line?
The new bypass is going under the third tunnel to ease the traffic at sadle junction.
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.
The new bypass will be a dual carriageway, and go under the end two John.
I see someone managed to deface it!
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. .
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.
Wonder what the original bridge looked like; anyone know?