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Water Street Bridge, MSJ&A Railway
Water Street, Castlefield, Manchester
Water Street Bridge, MSJ&A Railway
associated engineer
William Baker
date  1848 - 1st August 1849
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ829979
ICE reference number  HEW 753
photo  Paul Dunkerley
One of nine cast iron arch rib railway bridges built in Castlefield, though the only one cast in three sections. Eight of them, including this one, were built by the Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway.
This bridge carries the double tracks of the line over Water Street and is part of a long brick viaduct. Its structure consists of six cast iron arches, each cast in three sections and bolted together (its eight siblings are cast in five sections). The iron spandrel bracing was cast integrally with the rib piecess. The ironwork was provided by the local iron founder E.T. Bellhouse.
The bridge's ribs are 6¾in wide by depths varying from 2ft 3in to 1ft 9in. It has a clear span of 50ft 4¼in and a rise of 7ft, and is set on about 13 degrees of skew. Cast iron floor plates with hog-back stiffeners rest on the spandrel bracing and carry the ballasted track.
Main contractor: David Bellhouse
Cast Iron: E.T. Bellhouse
Research: PD
reference sources   CEH North
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Water Street Bridge, MSJ&A Railway