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Default Burnden Culvert and Viaduct - 28-09-2012, 19:01

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.

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Default 28-09-2012, 19:53

Excellent chaps
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Default 29-09-2012, 00:10

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


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Default 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


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Default 01-10-2012, 14:57

Some nice shots there! Definitely missing the people shot though
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Default 01-10-2012, 15:09

That viaduct is in surprisingly good condition up top!
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Default 01-10-2012, 15:17

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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
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Default 01-10-2012, 21:12

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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

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!
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Default 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.


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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
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