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The Viaduct

The Viaduct was construction in 1865

The Marple Viaduct runs parallel to the Aqueduct and carries the railway one hundred and twenty-four feet above the River Goyt. The Viaduct was constructed in 1865, 65 years after the Aqueduct and only took a year to build. It comprises twelve stone arches and a steel girder bridge that turns to carry the line diagonally over the canal.

Marple Viaduct

In the colour panoramic shot above you can see Watersmeeting Farm framed by the central arch of the Viaduct, while the vintage one below is looking in the other direction from the farm.

Marple Viaduct

 One of the shots below shows the detail of one of the twelve arches and the other from the base of the viaduct shows just what a long way up it is!

Marple Viaduct Marple Viaduct

After passing under the steel girder bridge, seen in the photograph below, the canal broadens again into a wider area known as the 'winding hole'. On the towpath side of the canal in this picture can be see the present-day Aqueduct Business Park, on the former site of the Queen's Hotel.

Steel girder bridge

In the vintage image below, from the Warwick Burton collection in Marple Local History Society Archives, is the 5596 "Bahamas" Steam Train crossing Marple Goyt Viaduct on 17 June 1973.

Marple Goyt Viaduct 1973
5596 "Bahamas" Steam Train crossing Marple Goyt Viaduct

Photo credits:
All modern day photographs - Mark Whittaker.
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