Bridges & viaducts

Visit our collection of forgotten bridges and viaducts by clicking on their names below.

Have you ever wondered when a bridge becomes a viaduct? Of the following five structures, there can be little argument that the one furthest left is a bridge whilst far-right stands a viaduct. What would you define the three in the middle as?

Here are three suggestions from visitors to Forgotten Relics.
Bridge on Pickle Bridge line Fremington Viaduct Rawthey Viaduct Latchford Viaduct Smardale Gill Viaduct

The first looks upon a viaduct as being a structure with one or more intermediate supports, unless there's a local convention such as on the Thames where crossings are always known as bridges. In a similar vein, the second - an experienced railway bridge examiner - generally regards a viaduct as having five or more spans. The third considers a bridge to be any structure which either crosses a river or only has one span. A viaduct is used to take a railway over a valley.

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Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
5m E of Kirkby Stephen
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
5m E of Kirkby Stephen
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1968
Location
1½m N of Ilkeston
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1966
Location
9m SW of Towcester
Opened
1894
Company
Cheshire Lines Committee
Closed
1969?
Location
Manchester
Opened
1857
Company
Newport Abergavenny & Hereford
Closed
1964
Location
4¾m W of Pontypool, Torfaen
Opened
1896/1907
Company
LD&EC/Dearne Valley
Closed
1966/1980
Location
10m E of Linc/4m SW of Doncstr
Opened
1903
Company
Lanarkshire & Ayrshire
Closed
1950
Location
3½m SE of Beith
Opened
1900
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1990
Location
2m NW of Dewsbury
Opened
1887
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1990
Location
½m E of Dewsbury town centre
Opened
1858
Company
Stockton & Darlington
Closed
1969
Location
1½m SE of Consett
Opened
1857
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1965
Location
6m SE of Kirkby Lonsdale
Opened
1858
Company
Mid-Kent
Fell
1882
Location
Bromley
Opened
1861
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1965
Location
2m NW of Sedbergh
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
Buxton-Bakewell
Opened
1847
Company
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock & Ayr
Closed
1976
Location
2½m NE of Cumnock
Opened
1879
Company
Severn Bridge
Closed
1960
Location
10½m NE of Chepstow
Opened
1861
Company
Cleveland
Closed
1963
Location
9m SE of Middlesbrough
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1965
Location
2m N of Queensbury
Opened
1850
Company
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincs
Closed
1959
Location
9m NW of Lincoln
Opened
1883
Company
Whitby Redcar & M'brough Union
Closed
1958
Location
North Yorkshire coast
Opened
1907
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1968
Location
Hull
Galleries
Opened
1885
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1970
Location
4½m E of Stirling
Opened
1856
Company
Newcastle & Carlisle
Closed
1976
Location
S of Haltwhistle town centre
Opened
1878
Company
Midland
Closed
1959
Location
1m W of Hawes
Opened
1906
Company
Great Western
Closed
1983?
Location
1½m SW of Bristol centre
Opened
1861
Company
Leslie
Closed
1967
Location
1m E of Glenrothes
Opened
1868
Company
Tees Valley
Closed
1964
Location
5m SE of Middleton-in-Teesdale
Opened
1870
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1967
Location
5m E of Dundee
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
Shepton Mallett
Opened
1877
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1968
Location
1m NE of Ilkeston
Opened
1861
Company
Portpatrick
Closed
1965
Location
6m N of Gatehouse of Fleet
Opened
1892
Company
Edinburgh Loanhead & Roslin
Closed
1969
Location
6m S of Edinburgh
Opened
1848
Company
Leeds & Thirsk
Closed
1969
Location
2m N of Harrogate
Opened
1864
Company
Merthyr Tredegar & Abergavenny
Closed
1959
Location
1m N of Tredegar
Opened
1910
Company
Midland
Closed
1937
Location
2¾m NE of Huddersfield
Opened
1888
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1965
Location
1½m W of Bournemouth centre
Opened
1915
Company
Catterick Camp Military Railway
Closed
1964
Location
3½m SE of Richmond
Opened
1848
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1970
Location
½m SE of Bolton town centre
Opened
1872
Company
Glasgow & South Western
Closed
1964
Location
4m W of Cumnock
Opened
1852
Company
Newcastle & Carlisle
Closed
1976
Location
6m S of Haltwhistle
Opened
1885
Company
North British
Closed
1959
Location
2m E of Livingston
Opened
1903
Company
Axminster & Lyme Regis Light
Closed
1966
Location
nr Uplyme, Devon
Opened
1848
Company
Scottish Midland Junction
Closed
1982
Location
5m S of Blairgowrie
Opened
1878
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1998
Location
Castleford
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1966
Location
3m W of Daventry
Opened
1850
Company
York, Newcastle & Berwick
Closed
1968
Location
2m SE of Alnwick
Opened
1868
Company
Brecon & Merthyr
Closed
1966
Location
1½m NW of Merthyr Tydfil
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
E side of Shepton Mallet
Opened
1898
Company
Lynton & Barnstaple
Closed
1935
Location
3½m NE of Barnstaple
Opened
1904
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
4m NW of Dewsbury
Opened
1846
Company
East Lancashire
Closed
1966
Location
4½m NW of Manchester
Opened
1909
Company
Dearne Valley
Closed
1966
Location
4m SW of Doncaster
Opened
1903
Company
Callander & Oban
Closed
1966
Location
4¼m NE of Oban
Opened
1953
Company
British Railways
Closed
1965
Location
E side of Spalding
Opened
1960
Company
British Rail
Closed
1993
Location
4½m E of Nottingham
Opened
1905
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3½m SW of Wakefield
Opened
1848
Company
Leeds & Thirsk
Closed
1951
Location
1½m SE of Harrogate
Opened
1849
Company
North Western
Closed
1967
Location
3½m NE of Lancaster
Opened
1886
Company
Great North of Scotland
Closed
1968
Location
18m E of Elgin
Opened
1878
Company
Llynvi & Ogmore
Closed
1970
Location
3m N of Maesteg
Opened
1897
Company
Port Talbot Railway & Docks
Closed
1960
Location
2m SE of Maesteg
Opened
1882
Company
Bala & Festiniog
Closed
1961
Location
4¾m E of Trawsfynydd
Opened
1848
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1970
Location
1½m SE of Bolton Town Centre
Opened
1897
Company
Midland
Closed
1984
Location
2½m E of Barnsley
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
2½m W of Barnard Castle
Opened
1865
Company
Montrose & Bervie
Closed
1966
Location
5¼m SW of Inverbervie
Opened
1877
Company
Goods Traffic Committee
Closed
1984
Location
W of Carlisle city centre
Opened
1898
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1966
Location
Holsworthy
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1968
Location
N of Derby city centre
Opened
1916
Company
Aluminium Corporation
Closed
1960
Location
7m S of Conwy
Opened
1882
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1973
Location
2½m N of Wigan
Opened
1872
Company
Midland
Closed
1983
Location
1m S of Mansfield town centre
Opened
1861
Company
Border Union
Closed
1969
Location
1m NW of Carlisle city centre
Opened
1852
Company
St Andrews
Closed
1969
Location
3¾m NW of St Andrews
Opened
1863
Company
Inverness & Perth Jnc
Closed
1965
Location
8m S of Forres
Opened
1887
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1953
Location
5m SW of Alnwick
Opened
1882
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1987
Location
Leeds
Opened
1896
Company
Lancashire, Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1980
Location
9m SE of Retford
Opened
1904
Company
Axholme Joint Committee
Closed
1965
Location
6½m W of Scunthorpe
Opened
1870
Company
Northumberland Central
Closed
1963
Location
10m NW of Morpeth
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1968
Location
Derby
Opened
1855
Company
Bideford Extension
Closed
1982
Location
3m W of Barnstaple
Opened
1872
Company
Penicuik
Closed
1967
Location
4¾m SW of Loanhead
Opened
1871
Company
Devon Valley
Closed
1964
Location
3m E of Dollar
Opened
1878
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1980
Location
2½m N of Pontypool
Opened
1863
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
6m SW of Bishop Auckland
Opened
1872
Company
Glasgow & South Western
Closed
1964
Location
Cumnock
Opened
1884
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1964
Location
2m S of Bangor, Gwynedd
Opened
1890
Company
North British
Closed
1970
Location
6¾m S of Perth
Opened
1872
Company
Glasgow & South Western
Closed
1964
Location
nr Cumnock
Opened
1870
Company
Callander & Oban
Closed
1965
Location
11½m E of Criarlarich
Opened
1869
Company
Castle Douglas & Dumfries
Closed
1965
Location
3m SW of Dumfries
Opened
1903
Company
Great Western
Closed
1963
Location
1¼m SE of St Agnes
Opened
1903
Company
Lanarkshire & Ayrshire
Closed
1950
Location
3½m SE of Beith
Opened
1902
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1991
Location
3m SW of Wakefield
Opened
1902
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1991
Location
3m SW of Wakefield
Opened
1866
Company
North British
Closed
1962
Location
6m SE of Peebles, Scottish Borders
Opened
1887
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1990
Location
½m E of Dewsbury town centre
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1966
Location
4½m N of Brackley
Opened
1848
Company
East Lancashire
Closed
1966
Location
4½m S of Accrington
Opened
1858
Company
Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford
Closed
1964
Location
4¾m N of Caerphilly
Opened
1884
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1963
Location
½m SE of Cullingworth
Opened
1891
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1966
Location
2m S of Winchester
Opened
1905
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3m SW of Wakefield
Opened
1864
Company
North British
Closed
1962
Location

3¼m E of Peebles

Opened
1858
Company
Stockton & Darlington
Closed
1969
Location
1½m SW of Consett
Opened
1857
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1965
Location
6m SE of Kirkby Lonsdale
Opened
1879
Company
GN/LNW Joint
Closed
1964
Location
11m E of Leicester
Opened
1883
Company
Anstruther & St Andrews
Closed
1965
Location
4½m SE of St Andrews
Opened
1862
Company
Border Counties
Closed
1958
Location
SE of Kielder village
Opened
1819
Company
Mansfield & Pinxton
Closed
1970
Location
Mansfield
Opened
1899
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1966
Location
2½m SE of Leeds
Opened
1812
Company
Kilmarnock & Troon
Closed
1846
Location
2½m W of Kilmarnock
Opened
1852
Company
Newcastle & Carlisle
Closed
1976
Location
4m SW of Haltwhistle
Opened
1905
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1968
Location
4¼m SE of Hamilton
Opened
1885
Company
Scarborough & Whitby
Closed
1965
Location
SW of Whitby town centre
Opened
1867
Company
Esk Valley
Closed
1964
Location

2¼m W of Dalkeith

Opened
1893
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1985
Location
1½m SE of Warrington
Opened
1865
Company
Berwickshire
Closed
1965
Location
1½m E of Melrose
Opened
1861
Company
Leslie
Closed
1967
Location
2m W of Glenrothes
Opened
1899
Company
North Cornwall
Closed
1967
Location
1m S of Padstow
Opened
1904
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1951
Location
23m NW of Stirling
Opened
1861
Company
Portpatrick
Closed
1965
Location
7m NW of Castle Douglas
Opened
1867
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1963
Location
5m SW of Newcastle
Opened
1865
Company
Inverness & Perth Jnc
Closed
1965
Location
20m NW of Perth
Opened
1857
Company
East of Fife
Closed
1966
Location
11m NE of Kirkcaldy
Opened
1861
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1965
Location
5m S of Tebay
Opened
1861
Company
Portpatrick
Closed
1965
Location
8½m E of Stranraer
Opened
1848
Company
East Lancashire
Closed
1966
Location
5½m N of Bury
Opened
1868
Company
Tees Valley
Closed
1964
Location
1m SE of Middleton-in-Teesdale
Opened
1861
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1965
Location
2m NW of Sedbergh
Opened
1877
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1964
Location
3m N of Accrington
Opened
1874
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1985?
Location
2½m SW of Okehampton
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
½m E of Kirkby Stephen
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
2½m S of Bath, B&NES
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
5m E of Buxton
Opened
1876/1874
Company
Wye Valley/Ross & Monmouth
Closed
1964
Location
9m SW of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3m NW of Bakewell
Opened
1864
Company
Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith
Closed
1972
Location
5½m E of Keswick
Opened
1860
Company
Mountsorrel
Closed
<1959
Location

3¾m SE of Loughborough

Opened
1871
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1983
Location
3¼m S of York
Opened
1864
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1954
Location
1m W of Peebles
Opened
1847/2015
Company
North British
Closed
1972
Location
7m SE of Edinburgh
Opened
1847
Company
Newcastle & Berwick
Closed
1965
Location
½m S of Norham
Opened
1896
Company
Glasgow & South Western
Closed
1964
Location
7m E of Kilmarnock
Opened
1856
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1968
Location
Bishop Auckland
Opened
1859
Company
Castle Douglas & Dumfries
Closed
1994
Location
Dumfries
Opened
1854
Company
Great Western
Closed
1989
Location
Gloucester
Opened
1865
Company
Montrose & Bervie
Closed
1966
Location
3m N of Montrose
Opened
1846
Company
East Lancashire
Closed
1966
Location
6½m NW of Manchester
Opened
1880
Company
Oxford Worcester & Wolverhmptn
Closed
1993
Location
1¼m SW of Dudley
Opened
1893
Company
Cheshire Lines Committee
Closed
1982
Location
8m SW of Manchester
Opened
1876
Company
Wye Valley
Closed
1964
Location
2½m SE of Monmouth
Opened
1873
Company
Bristol & North Somerset
Closed
1968
Location
6m S of Bristol
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
½m N of Barnard Castle
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1975
Location
½m SE of Kirkby Stephen
Opened
1867
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1963
Location
4m NE of Consett
Opened
1898
Company
Port Talbot
Closed
1964
Location
3m NE of Port Talbot
Opened
1867
Company
Brecon & Merthyr
Closed
1966
Location
2m N of Merthyr Tydfil
Opened
1851
Company
Vale of Neath
Closed
1967
Location
7m W of Aberdare
Opened
1905
Company
Barry
Closed
1926
Location
1¼m N of Caerphilly
Opened
1909
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1921
Location
Sunderland
Opened
1861
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
1m SW of Sedbergh
Opened
1862
Company
North British
Closed
1967
Location
6½m SE of Langholm
Opened
1855
Company
Hereford, Ross & Gloucester
Closed
1964
Location
Hereford-Ross
Opened
1862
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3m SE of Bakewell
Opened
1840
Company
Midland Counties
Closed
1965
Location
NW of Rugby town centre
Opened
1871
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1982
Location
1½m W of Newcastle city centre
Opened
1879
Company
Severn Bridge
Closed
1960
Location
10½m NE of Chepstow
Opened
1862
Company
North British
Closed
1969
Location
6m S of Hawick
Opened
1872
Company
Glasgow & South Western
Closed
1966
Location
2¼m W of Cumnock
Opened
1861
Company
Sth Durham & Lancashire Union
Closed
1962
Location
1½m W of Kirkby Stephen
Opened
1890
Company
Plymouth Devonport & SW Junct
Closed
1968
Location

1½m S of Tavistock

Opened
1869
Company
Solway Junction
Closed
1921
Location
12m NW of Carlisle
Opened
1886
Company
Great North of Scotland
Closed
1968
Location
8m E of Elgin
Opened
1847
Company
York & North Midland
Closed
1964
Location
3½m NW of Wetherby
Opened
1875
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1959
Location
3½m S of Halifax
Opened
1847
Company
York & North Midland
Closed
1965
Location
12m NW of Market Weighton
Opened
1849
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1955
Location
9m SW of York
Opened
1886
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1976
Location
Stalybridge
Opened
1860
Company
North British
Closed
1958
Location
3m SW of Kelso
Opened
1862
Company
North British
Closed
1969
Location
10m N of Carlisle
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1965
Location
2m N of Queensbury
Opened
1921/22?
Company
Kettering, Thrapston & Huntingdon
Closed
1963
Location
8m E of Kettering
Opened
1850
Company
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincs
Closed
1959
Location
9m NW of Lincoln
Opened
1882
Company
Bury & Tottington District
Closed
1960
Location

2½m NW of Bury

Opened
1849
Company
York, Newcastle & Berwick
Closed
1965
Location
3m NE of Coldstream
Opened
1838
Company
Durham Junction
Closed
1991
Location
1½m SE of Washington
Opened
1916
Company
Hull & Barnsley/Great Central Joint
Closed
1969
Location
2m SW of Doncaster
Opened
1855
Company
Monkland
Closed
1964
Location
3½m NW of Bathgate
Opened
1875
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1959
Location
1m W of Elland
Opened
1847
Company
York & North Midland
Closed
1966
Location
3m SE of Wetherby
Opened
1890
Company
Halifax High Level
Closed
1960
Location
2m NW of Halifax
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1969
Location
4m S of Leicester
Opened
1867
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1971
Location
2¼m NE of Huddersfield
Opened
1862
Company
Severn Valley Railway
Closed
1980
Location
Stourport-on-Severn
Opened
1849
Company
York, Newcastle & Berwick
Closed
1962
Location
1½m SE of Coldstream
Opened
1907
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1968
Location
Hull
Opened
1898
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1966
Location

2¾m SE of Bude

Opened
1876
Company
Scotswood, Newburn & Wylam
Closed
1968
Location
8½m W of Newcastle
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