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    Causey Arch - the oldest railroad bridge in the world

    The Causey Arch is a bridge near Stanley in County Durham. It is the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge.



    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.



    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.



    Use of the Arch declined when Tanfield Colliery was destroyed by fire in 1739.



    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.



    Causey Burn itself flows into Beamish Burn which then flows into the River Team eventually discharging into the River Tyne



    http://www.dmm.org.uk/archives/a_caus01.htm


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    Well spotted, sladys! I'm surprised this unique piece of railway history has not been found before on GE.


    I lived no more than three miles from the arch from 1965 thru 1973 and never knew it was there!!


    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!!


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    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.

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