Sunday, January 28, 2007

three bridges over the canal

Digbeth Branch Canal: "The Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham Canal Navigations opened in 1799, passing through a tunnel and dropping via six locks from Aston Junction to Warwick Bar where it served once-busy wharves."
the bridges date from 1837

canal tunnel curzon street - Google Search

London and Birmingham Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The first part of the line between Euston Station and Boxmoor (Hemel Hempstead) was opened on 20 July 1837. The line was not finished in time for the coronation of Queen Victoria on June 28 1838, but realising the potentially lucrative traffic this would generate, the company opened the line between Birmingham and Rugby to the north, and London to Bletchley to the south, and a stagecoach shuttle service was introduced linking the two, allowing people to complete the journey to London. The line was officially opened to all traffic throughout, on September 17, 1838."

the first bridge

I was walking from north to south and Digbeth, Birmingham, United Kingdom - Google Maps shows the car park which has replaced the original lines into Curzon Street station (zoom out if you cannot see the canal in the aerial photograph )

underneath the third bridge, with the riveted rolled steel structure of the kind I was taught to design on my drawing board in 1954- 1955 at Loughborough College of Advanced Technology

today the Civil & Building Engineering at Loughborough University

the arch of the second bridge

"In 1846 the L&BR merged with the Grand Junction Railway and a few other companies, to form the London and North Western Railway, which in turn was later absorbed into the London Midland and Scottish Railway, before finally passing into the hands of the nationalised British Rail in 1948 to become part of the West Coast Main Line as it is known today.

Neither of the L&BR's original termini, both designed by Philip Hardwick have survived in their original form. Curzon Street station in Birmingham closed to passenger traffic in 1854, having long been replaced by New Street station but continued in use for parcels traffic, whilst the original Euston station in London was demolished in 1962 to make way for the present structure which opened in 1968."

I remember both original stations

looking back


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