Castlefield 1849 Viaduct, MSJ&A Railway
Castlefield Basin, Manchester, UK
1848 - 1849
Railway Viaduct |
photo Paul Dunkerley
Four large railway viaducts from the 1800s cross Manchester's Castlefield canal basin. The Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway built two: this one carried the line to Salford.
The viaduct is arched and made of brick. It carried the double tracks between Manchester Piccadilly via Oxford Road and Deansgate, then turns north west, crosses the canal basin and heads for Salford. Its contemporary among the other viaducts carried the then main line to Altrincham. All intersect at a point about 300m west of Deansgate Station.
William Baker's Water Street Bridge, with its six cast iron arches each made in three sections, was built as part of the viaduct. And it includes six more of his cast iron arch bridges, all similar although cast in five sections. They cross the Rochdale Canal, Castle Street and Chester Road. Then one at Deansgate Station, one over Oxford Road (encased in concrete in 1959) and over Albion Street (renewed in reinforced concrete in 1980).
The MSJ&A Railway was the first suburban line in Manchester.
Conrtractor: John Brogden & Sons
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