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Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR), 1844 diversion
Ordsall Line, Salford to Victoria Station, Manchester, UK
associated engineer
George Stephenson
Robert Stephenson
date  30th July 1842 - 4th May 1844
era  Victorian  |  category  Railway  |  reference  SJ826980
ICE reference number  HEW 223
The Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR, 1830) was the world’s first inter-city line. In 1844, it was diverted from its original terminus at Liverpool Road to a new joint station with the Manchester & Leeds Railway at Victoria Station (formerly Hunt’s Bank). This enabled expansion and easier connections with other railways.
Diverted trains travelled along new tracks from Ordsall Lane to New Bailey Street, following the route of the Manchester & Bolton Railway. The line crosses the River Irwell just before Victoria Station. Much of the line is carried on viaducts and bridges.
New Bailey Street Bridge has a single main span over New Bailey Street (A34), supported on tapering cast iron columns with palm leaf capitals. The columns carry edge beams with moulded bottom flanges and dividing pilasters with iron plates between. There is a shorter span to the west, over the entrance to Salford central station.
The 1844 Albert Bridge over the Irwell replaces the previous New Bailey Bridge of 1785.
Liverpool Road Station was used for goods traffic from 1844 until its closure in 1975. The refurbished buildings now form part of the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.
Research: PD, ECPK
reference sources   CEH North

Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR), 1844 diversion