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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 8th September, 2013)

Adam Viaduct

Adam Viaduct
Listed by English Heritage in 1999, the prestressed concrete bridge carries the railway over the River Douglas.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Lizzie down under on 8th September 2013 at 01:50

A strong statement.....in concrete.....which Adam was it named after Mick....cheers!!

Comment by: Janice on 8th September 2013 at 10:25

If it has been listed then it is obviously of some importance, but I think it is ugly - especially in that battleship grey. Such an austere looking construction. Great shot though Mick.

Comment by: ann21 on 8th September 2013 at 10:52

Mick I've been told that they bring Engineering Students from all over to see this viaduct

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 8th September 2013 at 10:55

Wallgate to Kirkby line. The bridge seemed to have been made to have a road under it...well done to road planers for making full use of it. The congestion has eased a little from Pottery Rd to Saddle junction.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 8th September 2013 at 14:41

Not everything made from concrete is horrible. Quite like this although it took me a while to place it.Should take more notice of our surroundings.

Comment by: joe peng on 8th September 2013 at 18:51

nice pic

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th September 2013 at 10:02

Have a look at 27th Sept.2008 P-a-D to see a similar view before the new road- Southgate - was built.
Liz; There`s a lot of info on this viaduct on Google but can`t find any info as to why it is named Adam.
Mick; You had a photo of this viaduct posted on 16th July 2011.

Comment by: ann21 on 9th September 2013 at 13:03

Mick It's good to see the before and after photos and it would be good to see what it was like before it was built.

Comment by: Mick on 9th September 2013 at 16:49

Ann21 it would have just been a field before it was built.

Comment by: Bill Aldridge on 28th August 2020 at 13:47

According to Wigan MBC's list of Buildings of Special Hist/Arch Interest, the Viaduct is internationally recognised as the earliest pre-stressed railway bridge in England (only examples in Switzerland are considered to be earlier). It was built in 1947 by the then owners, London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The original was a wooden gantry which was built in the mid 19th century stretching from just south of the River to just north of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (shown on the 6 inch OS 1849). In 1867 gantry was replaced by an embankment.

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