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Wolverton Viaduct
Wolverton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Wolverton Viaduct
associated engineer
Robert Stephenson
date  1838
era  Victorian  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  SP814422
ICE reference number  HEW 152
photo  PHEW
Brick railway viaduct built to carry the London & Birmingham Line over the River Great Ouse. The viaduct has six semi-eliptical arches spanning 60ft each between solid piers. The piers taper from 11ft 3in wide at bottom to 10ft 10in wide at top.
The hollow abutments are punctuated by semi-circular arches with 15ft spans. Stephenson formalised this design for most railway bridges on the line: an early example of standardisation.
In 1881 the viaduct was widened to the west to allow for more tracks. The new work is similar to the original and the join can seen as the two are not bonded together.
The tracks run 50ft above the water and the viaduct is now 53ft across.
reference sources   CEH E&C

Wolverton Viaduct