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Lambley Viaduct


Lambley viaduct was built by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway in 1852 to carry the Haltwhistle to Alston branch line over the River South Tyne at Lambley. The railway was initially built to transport coal and lead from the South Tyne and Alston mines. The viaduct has 3 arches on its south west approach and 9 main arches, reaching a height of over 33 metres over the river.[1] After the railway line closed in 1976 the viaduct fell into disrepair. However, in 1991 the British Rail Property Board repaired the viaduct and entrusted its future care to the North Pennine Heritage Trust, but the trust went into administration in 2011.[2] Lambley Viaduct is Grade II* listed.

Lambley viaduct crosses the River South Tyne as a series of elegant stone arches. More than 260m long, it once carried the Haltwhistle to Alston railway. The railway opened in 1852 to haul coal and lead from the Alston mines, was closed in 1976, and the viaduct allowed to decay. In 1991 the British Rail Property Board agreed to repair the viaduct and hand it over to the North Pennine Heritage Trust who would maintain it in the future.

The viaduct may have been designed by George Barclay Bruce, an eminent Victorian engineer who was involved in the Alston line before leaving for India to pioneer railway construction there. It is a particularly elegant example of Victorian engineering: the river is crossed by nine 17-metre wide arches which support a deck above the river but, as it carried a single rail track, only 3.5 metres wide. The piers to the arches are built of massive rough-faced stones each weighing up to 500 kilograms , with similar-sized stones in ashlar to the main arch voussoirs. The spandrels and piers to the wide approach arches are built of coursed rubble masonry. One end of the viaduct has been fenced off to stop people straying into Lambley railway station which is now a private house.

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Lambley 1852 Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Historic Buildings and Monuments in Coanwood Civil Parish River South Tyne Bridges Grade II* Listed
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RAILWAY VIADUCT ACROSS RIVER SOUTH TYNE - Lambley - List Entry
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List number: 1042918
List grade: 2*
County: Northumberland
Grid ref: NY6749258363

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