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Marple Viaduct
River Goyt, Marple, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK
Marple Viaduct
associated engineer
John George Blackburne
date  April 1862 - April 1863
era  Victorian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  SJ954901
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Marple Viaduct now carries the Manchester to Sheffield main railway line originally the Marple, New Mills & Hayfield Junction Railway (opened 1865) over the steep valley of the River Goyt north of Marple. It runs parallel to the Marple Aqueduct that was completed before it, in 1800.
The railway tracks on the 279.8m long viaduct are 37.8m above the river at the highest point. It has 12 masonry arches of 15.2m span with large pentagonal stone voussoirs and rusticated random masonry spandrels. One spandrel by the south east abutment is in brick, indicating a later repair.
Stone corbels carry the stone string courses and parapets of random smaller stones with projecting stone copings. There are three-rail iron railings above the copings. The random rusticated stonework is carried right down the piers.
At the eastern end of the viaduct a single steel lattice girder skew span of 26.5m carries the railway diagonally over the Peak Forest Canal.
Marple Viaduct (bridge No. 30) underwent structural repairs carried out by Network Rail in 2007-8.
Main contractor: Benton & Woodwiss
Research: PD

Marple Viaduct