The Anonymous Widower

An Unusual Picture

I have cut this picture out of Google Earth of the railway north-west of Chorley.

Sixteen Butresses

Sixteen Butresses

There would appear to be sixteen buttresses over the twin track railway.

They are actually some of the last examples of flying arches on UK railways. There’s more about the Chorley Flying Arches here.

I’m posting this, as the line through Chorley has just reopened after the related Chorley Tunnel has been expanded to allow for electrification. That is reported here on Modern Railways. It says this about the arches.

As well as upgrading the tunnel, the 16 historic Chorley flying arches – Grade II listed structures on the approach to the tunnel which are the only remaining examples on the British rail network – were refurbished following co-operation and consultation with English Heritage.

On the 22nd of this month, I’m going to see Ipswich play at Wigan. I think, I’ll go and look at these unique structures.

How many countries would actually restore te arches, rather than replace them with modern steel structures?

September 2, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. […] These pictures show the steel flying arches at Shadwell station on the East London Line. They appear to be similar in form to the brick arches at Chorley. […]

    Pingback by Steel Flying Arches At Shadwell Station « The Anonymous Widower | September 4, 2014 | Reply

  2. […] the costs of elecrification is dealing with inadequate Victorian infrastructure like the flying buttesses at Chorley and Farnworth […]

    Pingback by Affordable Electrification « The Anonymous Widower | August 30, 2015 | Reply

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