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Nene Railway Bridge

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in Peternorough

Cast iron arch bridge carries the two up tracks of the East Coast Main Line across the River Nene.

Three skewed spans of 66ft (~54ft on the square).

Each pier has twelve cast iron fluted pillars on 37ft6in x 6ft 6in iron caissons in the river.

Bridge strengthened 1910-11 by bracing between the ribs and between the abutments. However, it remains largely as built in 1850.

The above information is from the I.C.E.[1]

Constucted by the Great Northern Railway, and opened in 1850. Main contractor: Thomas Brassey. The bridge constructor was probably Fox, Henderson and Co. A truss girder bridge was built alongside in 1924 to carry the down lines.[2]. Joseph Cubitt was the Engineer.

Photograph here may be viewed at high resolution.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Panel For Historical Engineering Works: Nene Railway Bridge. See linked pdf on webpage
  2. 'CivilEngineering Heritage:East Anglia' by Peter Cross-Rudkin, Phillimore & Co, 2010