NZ1225 : Pease fire-brick from Gaunless Railway Viaduct

taken 4 years ago, near to Cockfield, County Durham, Great Britain

Pease fire-brick from Gaunless Railway Viaduct
Pease fire-brick from Gaunless Railway Viaduct
Pale-coloured Pease firebrick lying at the foot of one of the standing brick piers of the Gaunless Railway Viaduct NZ1225 : East pier of Gaunless Railway Viaduct (detail)
Gaunless Railway Viaduct
Gaunless Viaduct, also known as the 'Lands Viaduct', was a railway viaduct in County Durham. It was designed by Thomas Bouch to carry the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway between Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle over the River Gaunless at Lands, also crossing the Haggerleases branch of the railway to Butterknowle.

Bouch designed the viaduct in 1862 and it was built as four lattice truss spans supported on diagonally staggered, paired circular brick piers. It opened on 1 August 1863, at a cost of 15,422. It was 161 feet (49 m) high with a total span of 640 feet (200 m).

The viaduct was built for double track widths, although only a single line was laid at first. In 1899 work began to lay this second line, but it was found that the ironwork of the trusses was so badly decayed that they needed to be replaced. This work took until at least 1903. Several photographs exist showing the bridge at this time, still operating but with the spans supported by substantial timber shoring beneath them.

The viaduct was built for double track widths, although only a single line was laid at first. In 1899 work began to lay this second line, but it was found that the ironwork of the trusses was so badly decayed that they needed to be replaced. This work took until at least 1903. Several photographs exist showing the bridge at this time, still operating but with the spans supported by substantial timber shoring beneath them LinkExternal link

After gradual closure of the intervening stations in the late 1950s, both passenger and goods services between Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle, across the viaduct, were withdrawn in June 1962. Two years after closure, the truss girders were removed for scrap. In 1966, two of the brick piers were toppled by explosives, but left on site.

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Date Taken
Friday, 21 August, 2015   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 22 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Uplands  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
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Viaduct 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1285 2523 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.3232N 1:48.1505W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 12852 25228
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