Former Birksland Street Railway Bridge – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 47.304 W 001° 43.958
30U E 583494 N 5960723
Quick Description: This railway bridge built to carry a short spur line opened in 1854 and closed in 1964.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/3/2014 1:41:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMJVHX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Crystal Sound
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Long Description:
At the time the line was built Bradford had a number of rail lines and stations run by competing railway companies.

Exchange station on the Southern side of the city served Halifax and Manchester to the south west and Leeds to the north east. However it was built as a terminus station with no through route. This meant that trains had to enter the station from the south and then reverse back out. There was a junction to the south of the station where the lines to Leeds and Manchester split.

This short spur line built in 1854 enabled trains to travel between Leeds and Manchester without entering Exchange station. There was also a small station near to this bridge called Bowling Station.

However Bowling Station was not convenient for Bradford City centre and Exchange station continued to be a more popular station and after only 41 years the line and station closed for passenger use in 1895. The line continued to carry goods trains until 1964.

It has been decided to retain the right of way for the railway line in case of future expansion plans.

Ever since 1895 trains have had to revert back to entering Bradford and then reversing out again a practice that continues today. The only difference being that Exchange Station has been demolished and a smaller station named Bradford Interchange built just to the south.

This map shows the route of the line to Exchange station and the line that used this bridge.

The arch bridge was built in stone, but at some point had some repair work and the sides of the bridge have been strengthened with metal plates. Unlike other bridges on this line the arch is high enough that there is no height restriction for motor traffic passing through the arch.
Original Use: Railroad

Date Built: 8/1/1854

Construction: Stone

Condition: Good

See this website for more information: [Web Link]

Date Abandoned: 5/4/1964

Bridge Status - Orphaned or Adopted.: Orphaned

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