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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 4th January, 2017)


Railway Bridge, Pendlebury Lane, Haigh, Wigan.

Photo: David  (Olympus EM10 with a 14-150mm lens)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 4th January 2017 at 08:12

I like this. Monochrome seems to bring out details that colour misses.
A good one David

Comment by: Anne on 4th January 2017 at 09:11

I like this one. It quite clearly shows the beauty and skill of the builders.

Comment by: Garry on 4th January 2017 at 09:41

Looks like a 1960s shot of the Whelley line bridge and still used. But I think the sign says, "Danger of falling Masonry hazard". I can see the brickwork deteriorating fast. The Lancashire Union Railway Co, built the bridge and railway in 1869 and survived until the 1970s.
A lottery grant is needed to preserve the bridge and indeed the Whelley Viaduct on the same stretch of track, but a won't hold my breath.
David a lovely shot.

Comment by: Alex on 4th January 2017 at 10:40

How do you get to this bridge??

Comment by: Syd on 4th January 2017 at 11:42

Great shot David, Thanks for the post.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 4th January 2017 at 12:53

Alex, turn down Leyland Mill Lane near the Cherry Gardens. Keep left at the mini roundabout and keep going. You will reach it in about half a mile.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 4th January 2017 at 14:19

Haven't seen this in donkeys' years. Fine shot - similar bridge used to be at the lower end of Blackrod near the Adlington boundary, about half a mile from White Bear station.
Passenger trains on the Lancashire Union Railway from Wigan NW to Blackburn finished in 1960. As Garry mentions above, freight continued to about 1970.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 4th January 2017 at 16:33

Great photo, is this what we used to call 20 bridges

Comment by: Garry on 4th January 2017 at 18:19

No Derek, the 20 bridges is indeed the viaduct further up the track.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 4th January 2017 at 20:17

For anyone who may be unsure of it's location, ( there may be one or two ), in July 2016, Philip Gormley uploaded a rather good watercolour of this viaduct on Wigan World Album, under the heading { Places/ Douglas Valley / item # 28152 } Although a little artistic licence has been applied in the depiction of it's surroundings, the viaduct itself remains essentially the same. This arch would be to the extreme right of the frame in Philip's painting.

Comment by: Garry on 5th January 2017 at 07:17

To see a real working environment of the Whelley Viaduct taken in 1970, go to search and item number 5268, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Winder.

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