Sandbourne Viaduct

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Sandbourne Viaduct from below

Sandbourne Viaduct (Bridge 9), also referred to as Bewdley South Viaduct (and sometimes misspelled in older documents as 'Sambourne Viaduct'), is situated only a few yards from the Bewdley Bypass Bridge and is 101 yards in length, with 10 brick arches of 25ft span built in 1860 on sandstone piers.

On the approach to Bewdley, 'The Loop' from Kidderminster and the original Severn Valley Line from Hartlebury ran side by side over the viaduct, and both sets of tracks are still in situ. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society trains travel on the former, which is on the side further from the River Severn and Bewdley Town Centre. The latter carries no passenger traffic, but sees frequent use as a siding to hold wagons and engineer’s trains or for rail access to the Stourport Triangle.

Repairs

The local sandstone is vulnerable to erosion and means that the viaduct needs ongoing repairs. It formed part of the 2015 'Winter Works' with pier no. 7 under repair. The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd has also been instrumental in funding stonework restoration on the viaduct with £60,000 contributed in 2017.[1]

See also

Towards Kidderminster
List of infrastructure
Towards Bridgnorth

References

  1. SVR Charitable Trust Report and Financial Statements 30 June 2017

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