Keekle Viaduct

Keekle Viaduct, Cumbria

Track Of The Ironmasters:

Each week, I will post a photograph as part of a challenge from the Daily Post – you are invited to participate. This week, the challenge is entitled, Bridge!

Please show me your interpretation of the subject by adding a comment, with a link to your Website post, Facebook photo, Flickr image, etc.

For this challenge, interpret the theme bridge. You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

Seven Arches:

The viaduct is a substantial structure which carried the double-track Cleator and Workington Junction Railway (C&WJR) to Siddick Junction via Workington Central main line over the River Keekle.

Construction started in March 1877, and was completed in 1878. The bridge opened in 1879, and consists of seven equal stone arches across the river.

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Timetabled passenger services over the viaduct ended, April 1931. All Freight traffic ceased in July 1963. The tracks were subsequently lifted.

The railway line was one of the fruits of the rapid industrialisation of West Cumberland in the second half of the nineteenth century.

All lines in the area were primarily aimed at mineral traffic, notably iron ore, coal and limestone, none more so than the C&WJR’s line to Workington, which earned the local name The Track of the Ironmasters.

Kublai Khan: But which is the stone that supports the bridge?