SJ5985 : Acton Grange Railway Viaduct

taken 4 years ago, near to Higher Walton, Warrington, Great Britain

Acton Grange Railway Viaduct
Acton Grange Railway Viaduct
With the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal, sections of the existing railway network had to be rebuilt. Lines which crossed the Canal had to be taken on higher level bridges. The viaduct at Acton Grange carried the lines of both the London North Western Railway Company and the Great Western Railway Company. It now carries the West Coast Main Line over the canal.
The Manchester Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal, which took six years to build and was opened in 1894, is a 36-mile-long inland waterway linking Manchester to the Irish Sea at Liverpool. It generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet up to the Manchester Docks (now Salford Quays), where the canal's terminus was built.

When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain's third busiest port despite the city being about 40 miles inland. Since its opening, the canal handled a wide range of ships and cargoes, from coastal vessels to intra-European shipping and inter-continental cargo liners; Manchester Liners established regular sailings by large ocean-going vessels.

The amount of freight carried by the canal peaked in 1958 at 18 million long tons but changes to shipping methods and the growth of containerisation during the 1970s and 1980s caused traffic to decline, resulting in the closure of the docks at Salford in 1984. Although able to accommodate a range of vessels from coastal ships to inter-continental cargo liners, the canal is no longer large enough for most modern vessels.

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SJ5985, 30 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 16 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Railways  Canals 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 590 857 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:21.9940N 2:37.0568W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 591 857
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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