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Cast Iron Arch, Rochdale Canal, MSJ&A Railway
Castlefield, Manchester, UK
Cast Iron Arch, Rochdale Canal, MSJ&A Railway
associated engineer
William Baker
date  1848 - 1849
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ831975
ICE reference number  HEW 1548
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Baker's bridge over the Rochdale Canal forms part of the brick viaduct built to carry the double tracks of the Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway between Manchester Piccadilly and Salford.
The bridge is one of the original nine cast iron rib arch railway bridges in Castlefield, serving various lines. Its square span measures 51ft, it's skew span 99ft. The bridge rises 13ft over the canal and has a series of stone skewbacks that transmit the load to one another down to ground level.
The six cast iron ribs are made in five pieces, bolted together. The ribs are braced with cruciform cast iron sections. The railway tracks are carried on cast iron deck plates and the bridge has a delicate filigree cast iron parapet.
The viaduct has four cast iron arches over roads designed by Baker: Castle Street, Chester Road, Oxford Road (encased in concrete in 1959) and Albion Street (renewed in reinforced concrete beams in 1980). Baker's bridge over a pedestrian area at Deansgate Station completes the roster.
Contractor: David Bellhouse
Cast iron: E.T. Bellhouse
Research: PD
bibliography
PHEW records, ICE
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Cast Iron Arch, Rochdale Canal, MSJ&A Railway