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.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. The VIRGIN EXPRESS has a rather provocative name! Good info on the VIADUCT. Kate ABC Team

  2. I'm always happy to see the rails represented.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Trains are so sleek and fast these days, - Good choice for V and a great picture.

  4. Love the rail system in your country!

    abcw team

  5. Terrific photo. So glad that Virgin Trains are still running for the time being.

  6. Its years since I have been to Stockport but the one thing I remember is that marvellous viaduct.