SD4762 : Carlisle Bridge train crossing - Lancaster

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

Carlisle Bridge train crossing - Lancaster
Carlisle Bridge train crossing - Lancaster
A inter-city Virgin Diesel train crosses the Carlisle River Lune bridge at Lancaster on the main west coast electrified line. This photo was taken from up stream (east) of the bridge from the south bank of the River. Below the end of the train on the right can be seen in sun light part of the arch of the bridge. Through this arch the "old pioneer line" of electric trains would connect with Morecambe and Heysham harbour on the coast not to many miles away. This "pioneer line" began its life in 1908 and was axed in 1966 by the infamous Dr Beeching, and is now a walk cycle way. From the (long since demolished) old Green Ayre station in Lancaster up stream, to crossing the river at Greyhound bridge, electric trains would travel closely parallel with the river until parting from the Lune at Scale Hall minor station which was just beyond the Carlisle bridge down stream. On this photo you are looking at part of the history of electrified railways. The "old pioneer line" once travelled under this former steam train Carlisle bridge, now we see the modern electric catenary striding the top of the river bridge but its technological historical roots derive from the former line below on the north bank of the Lune!
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Date Taken
2006   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 471 623 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:3.2844N 2:48.5369W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 472 623
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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