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Road Over-bridge


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Photos:
Tony Lyster - Aylesbury side of the Quainton Over bridge
Tony Lyster - Calvert side of the bridge showing barrelling of arches in different directions


This was built sometime after arrival of the Great Central Railway, probably around 1905, to replace a level crossing. It has 3 arches in the typical Great Central Railway blue brick style. On the underside of each arch the bricks are laid in a different direction. Each span is 263 with 80 piers. The overall height is 202. Each corner at road level and each wing wall pier is capped with a large piece of dressed stone. When built there was a very wide wooden staircase from road level down to rail level. According to old photographs it seems to have disappeared by 1920 [Note 1]. One wonders why a bus might stop on the crest of a bridge on a curving road.

Notes:
1 - A picture by Henry Casserley suggests that the wooden staircase was still present in 1930 - see Quainton News No. 12

References:
The Cover Photograph - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972
The Wotton Tramway: Rise and Fall Part 6 - Plans for the Railway to Oxford - Quainton News No. 19 - Spring 1974


Origin :- GC & Met Joint Date Built :- 1905? Number :- N/A
Type :- Structure Builder :- ????? Owner Network Rail
Status :- Operational Location :- Down yard / Up yard

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