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Hayle Viaduct

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Hayle Viaduct is located South East of Hayle Station in Cornwall carrying the Penzance to Paddington main line.

It consists of 36 piers carrying wrought iron plate girders, supporting transverse timber decking and ballasted track with an up and a down line.

The original viaduct was designed by Brunel and opened as part of the extended railway from Angarrack to Penzance on 11 March 1852. The Hayle Railway’s Hayle station opened in 1837 was located at road level just to the south of current viaduct.

1885 The GWR replaced the original viaduct with the current structure with 36 arches and a total length of 831’ with a maximum height of 34’.

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