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Albion Street Bridge, MSJ&A Railway
Albion Street, Manchester, UK
associated engineer
William Baker
date  1847 - 1849
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ835975
ICE reference number  HEW 1548
Originally a cast iron skew rail bridge, part of the brick viaduct built to carry the Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway across Manchester, the Albion Street bridge, near Deansgate, is now a reinforced concrete structure.
The original bridge was No. 81A in the railway scheme and was completed in 1849 along with the line. It had a square span of 18.8m and a skew span of 19.2m. The double line of rail tracks was carried on cast iron deck plates.
The arch of the iron bridge was formed from six ribs, each cast in five sections and bolted together. The ribs were cross-braced with cruciform cast iron members, horizontal near the crown and inclined near the springings.
The were are five arches in all along the length of the MSJ&A viaduct, all designed by William Baker. The others are over roads at Castle Street, Chester Road and Oxford Road, and over a pedestrianised area at Deansgate Station. George Watson Buck and Joseph Locke acted as survey engineers for the MSJ&A Railway
The replacement bridge dates from 1980. It features reinforced concrete beams with simple embossed rectangular patterns on their external faces, surmounted by four plain red-brown panels carrying the railings.
Resident engineer: Henry Hemberow
Original contractor: David Bellhouse
Iron founder: E.T. Bellhouse
Research: PD
bibliography
"The Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway" by Frank Dixon
The Oakwood Press, Oxford, 2nd edition, 1994
www.altrincham-electric.org.uk
www.mace.manchester.ac.uk
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Albion Street Bridge, MSJ&A Railway