near Ribblehead station, Yorkshire Dales National Park
John Sydney Crossley
date 1869 - 1875
era Victorian |
category Railway Viaduct |
ICE reference number HEW 6
The most spectacular of the major works built for the Settle & Carlisle Railway, an extension of the Midland Railway. Made of limestone quarried from nearby, Ribblehead Viaduct marches across the valley on 24 spans.
The spans are all 45ft wide. The piers taper — they are 6ft thick at the arch springings. Every sixth pier is thickened to 18ft to prevent progressive collapse.
The viaduct's foundations go down 25ft below ground level, giving a total height, rail line to foundation of 165ft.
Contractor: initially John Ashwell, then Midland Railway direct labour
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