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Tom Baldwin
08-02-2007, 03:22 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile26336/Causey-Arch---the-oldest-railroad-bridge-in-the-world.htm>Causey Arch - the oldest railroad bridge in the world</a></b><br><br>The Causey Arch is a bridge near Stanley in County Durham. It is the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge.<br />
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It was built in 1725-26 by architect Ralph Wood, funded by a conglomeration of coal-owners known as the "Grand Allies" (founded by Colonel Liddell and the Hon. Charles Montague). Two tracks crossed the Arch — one to take coal to the River Tyne, and the other for the returning empty wagons. Over nine hundred horse-drawn wagons crossed the arch each day using the Tanfield Railway.<br />
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Wood was haunted by the collapse of his earlier timber bridge. Fearing that the Arch would collapse, he committed suicide by jumping from the top of it.<br />
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Use of the Arch declined when Tanfield Colliery was destroyed by fire in 1739.<br />
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The Arch was restored and reinforced in the 1980s. There are a series of scenic public paths around the area and the Causey Burn which runs underneath it. The cliffs near the bridge are a popular spot for local rock climbers.<br />
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Causey Burn itself flows into Beamish Burn which then flows into the River Team eventually discharging into the River Tyne<br />
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http://www.dmm.org.uk/archives/a_caus01.htm<br><br><img src=http://www.gearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/353770arch.jpg>

Tom Baldwin
08-02-2007, 03:52 PM
Well spotted, sladys! I'm surprised this unique piece of railway history has not been found before on GE.:yep:
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I lived no more than three miles from the arch from 1965 thru 1973 and never knew it was there!!
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Your link http://www.dmm.org.uk/archives/a_caus01.htm makes interesting reading. Did you note there two building costs; £1200 and £12000? Methinks £12000 would have bought County Durham in 1726!!

sladys
08-02-2007, 04:03 PM
Thanks for your further information, Tom. I didn't know that. :)

I knew it was somewhere in the are but it was a low res resolution until recent update. And I looked further away from the actual place.

Then the other day I saw a story on german TV about the bridge and then I found it. :yep: