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Water Street Bridge (1830), L&M Railway
Water Street, Castlefield, Manchester
Water Street Bridge (1830), L&M Railway
associated engineer
Sir William Fairbairn
date  1830, replaced 1908
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ829979
ICE reference number  HEW 911
photo  Paul Dunkerley
The first bridge on this site was the first railway bridge to be constructed of cast iron beams rather than arches or trusses. It formed the main span of the viaduct approach to Liverpool Road Station. Pictured is its 1908 replacement.
Fairbairn's bridge made pioneering use of cast iron I section girders 27.5 inches deep, with 16 inch by 3 inch bottom flanges and 4 inch by 3 inch top flanges, carrying smaller transverse beams and brick jack arches.
The bridge carried four rail tracks and provided 17ft headroom above Water Street. It had a total span of 42ft on skew, divided by pillars into three spans. The roadway below was 26ft wide, with footways either side.
Faribairn's bridge was replaced in 1908 with a single span steel plate girder bridge, as can be seen in the photo on the previous page.
Contractor: Fairbairn & Lillie (1830)
Research: PD
reference sources   CEH North

Water Street Bridge (1830), L&M Railway