SP8141 : Grand Union Canal: Bridge Number 70A

taken 4 years ago, near to Wolverton, Milton Keynes, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal: Bridge Number 70A
Grand Union Canal: Bridge Number 70A
This apparently unremarkable bridge is actually of great historical importance. It was built in 1834 to 1835 by the London and Birmingham Railway to the designs of its Chief Engineer, Robert Stephenson, to take the new railway over the Grand Union Canal in Wolverton. As originally constructed the bridge had 16 cast iron beams, although the bridge was subsequently widened using more modern materials. In 1882 the main London and Birmingham railway was realigned along a new route some 150 metres away to the east, and the bridge was not used for passenger traffic again. Some of these cast iron beam bridges failed after the passage of time and most were eventually replaced. Because it was not used for passenger traffic this one survived and, it is thought, is the largest surviving one in the country. The bridge still carries a single track railway over the canal but this is supported independently by its own steel structure. The original bridge is a Grade II* Listed Structure.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Railways  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8187 4144 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:3.9176N 0:48.4276W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8185 4144
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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