Wednesday, 12 June 2013
The Virgin and the Viaduct
Virgin Express have the franchise for the East Coast Main Line and the train on the left has just crossed the viaduct having left Manchester Piccadilly seven minutes earlier.
The viaduct was built in 1839/40 by the engineer George Watson Buck under the architect John Lowe. In 1887-89 it was widened to four tracks, 27 arches, 111 feet high and 1786 feet long, comprising 11 million bricks. A condition of travel dictates that all passenger trains using the viaduct must stop at Stockport thus ensuring good railway connections for the town.
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