SD4762 : Greyhound and Millennium bridges over River Lune - Lancaster

taken 12 years ago, near to Lancaster, Lancashire, Great Britain

Greyhound and Millennium bridges over River Lune - Lancaster
Greyhound and Millennium bridges over River Lune - Lancaster
Here from the south bank we see the changing scene on a bend in the River Lune at Lancaster. The massive steel V shaped structure of the Millennium bridge towers over the river. This 10 year old pedestrian and cycle bridge gives convenient access to the former railway line to Morecambe now serving walkers and cyclists alike. The old railway line was used by steam and electric trains powered by overhead catenary wires. These electric trains connected Lancaster with Morecambe and Heysham harbour a few miles away towards the coast. This electric pioneer line started in 1908 and served the public until the line was axed in 1966 by the infamous Dr Beeching who gave the chop to thousands of miles of (which were then) 'our' railways. A stone bridge the structure of which can be seen from the middle right of the photo leading left in the direction of the new apartment building, connected Green Ayre Station with the main north/south Carlisle line at Castle Station. The Green Ayre, Castle Station line was electrified as far as Castle station. From the long since demolished Green Ayre Station the trains would cross the River Lune over the metal Greyhound Bridge which can be seen to the left of the picture its leg columns striding the river. The Greyhound Bridge was converted many years ago into a road bridge converging with the main Morecambe road a short distance away on the north bank. The gap between the walls in the foreground with chain across (part seen) gave access to a steep slip way into the river. The black metal railing on the stone wall to the right has only been installed in recent years, indeed substantial work has been done transforming the old 18th century quayside by building flood protection walls.
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SD4762, 230 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 25 January, 2010
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Bridges > Bridges   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 476 620 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:3.1149N 2:48.0754W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 474 620
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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