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Snake Oil 28-09-2012 19:01

Burnden Culvert and Viaduct
 
Burnden Culvert and Viaduct, Bolton

September 2012 - Explored with Kenni and ViralEye

The culvert was constructed in the late 60s to take the River Croal under the newly built Farnworth and Kearsley bypass. Constructed of twin pre cast concrete box the culvert is quite short and featureless but looking upwards at the outfall we saw the magnificent looking Burnden viaduct.

Completed in 1848 the viaduct carried the Bolton to Bury railway until 1951 and its final closure to freight trains in 1970. It would have been rude of us not to have a closer look, so up we went. Once on top theres really not much to see with some uninspiring views of the A666 below.

old photo of the culvert under construction below the viaduct...
http://www.mbbcanal.demon.co.uk/towi...burndencon.jpg

pics........

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/01.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/02.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/03.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/04.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/05.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/06.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/07.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/08.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/09.jpg

http://www.snakeoil-urbex.co.uk/0021/10.jpg

georgie 28-09-2012 19:53

Excellent chaps

Kenni 29-09-2012 00:10

Thanks to Kenni for being your lighting bitch haha and where's the people shot one?

Gibbo 01-10-2012 14:41

Great stuff. Is this the culvert that goes under the town and has gated access to some shop basements?

And there's a nice abandoned rail line in town too, it forks off to the left on this GE link:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=bolt...ngdom&t=h&z=19

viraleye 01-10-2012 14:57

Some nice shots there! Definitely missing the people shot though

urban 01-10-2012 15:09

That viaduct is in surprisingly good condition up top!

viraleye 01-10-2012 15:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by urban (Post 148971)
That viaduct is in surprisingly good condition up top!

You're quite right! Kenni was saying that it's soon to be turned into a cycleway

Snake Oil 01-10-2012 21:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gibbo (Post 148969)
Great stuff. Is this the culvert that goes under the town and has gated access to some shop basements?

And there's a nice abandoned rail line in town too, it forks off to the left on this GE link:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=bolt...ngdom&t=h&z=19

Its down stream of the town centre culverts by a few hundred yards. I've looked at that branch on t'internet a few times but not checked it out yet, which is extremely lazy of me seeing as I used to work on the same road :D

The viaduct was resurfaced (along with darcy lever viaduct further down) as part of plans for a cycle way along the railway route which has unsurprisingly failed to happen yet.

.....and the people shot!
http://s16.postimage.org/nbbxlyc91/DSC05310.jpg

Kenni 02-10-2012 10:20

The line went to the old Back o' th' bank power station and further beyond, with sidings all along. It closed in 1979 and one of the gas turbines that ran there is in the MOSI. Would of been a good splore looking at the old pics.

urban 02-10-2012 23:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snake Oil (Post 148991)
The viaduct was resurfaced (along with darcy lever viaduct further down) as part of plans for a cycle way along the railway route which has unsurprisingly failed to happen yet.

Sounds about right, and the government are telling us to leave the cars at home :angryoldman


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