2020

NY7209 : Settle-Carlisle viaduct at Crosby Garrett

taken 4 years ago, near to Crosby Garrett, Cumbria, England

Settle-Carlisle viaduct at Crosby Garrett
Settle-Carlisle viaduct at Crosby Garrett
Crosby Garrett is a village with a railway, but no station. It probably retains its sleepy nature because of that:- villages served by, rather than bypassed by railways often seeing a lot more development as a result of the Victorian engineering. The politics here were far more concerned with routes and competition than with the rural settlements through which railways passed, as various startups looked for ways to gain market share of transpennine, or north-south traffic. The Settle-Carlisle was a north south route built through very hilly country, trying to compete with what is now the west coast main line. It was expensive, both in terms of capital, and lives lost in building it. A sign on the viaduct says that there are 24 burials associated with the construction. Tellingly, two thirds of these are women and children rather than the actual (male) labourers. A similar story can be found at all the main engineered structures on the line as conditions in the shanty towns accompanying the construction work had appalling living conditions with much disease. There is no connection from this line to the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway (closed 1962) which crosses at right angles a short way to the south. That railway was denied the chance for a north-bound connection to the west coast main line as parliamentary manoeuvrings aimed to protect the investment in existing lines of those in power.

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Geographical Context: Lowlands Village, Rural settlement Railways Category: Railway Viaduct Category: Railway viaduct
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Crosby Garrett Viaduct [10] · Crosby Garrett Station [7] · Railway Line [6] · West [6] · Passing [4] ·
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NY7209, 65 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Andy Waddington   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 19 June, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 24 June, 2020
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 7269 0929 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:28.6934N 2:25.3785W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 7277 0941
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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