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Great Western Railway Oxley Viaduct, Wolverhampton

Oxley Viaduct, Wolverhampton.

Great Western Railway Oxley Viaduct, Wolverhampton

Striding high across the Wolverhampton Lock Flight.

This splendid crossing originally took the Great Western Railway line from Wolverhampton Low Level station to Shrewsbury. It is unusual in that whilst the majority of the arches are of normal construction, the one over the canal is a skew arch. It was later connected to the former London & North Western Railway lines and still carries considerable traffic. Whilst the Oxley Viaduct is electrified, this only continues to the depot just a few yards to the right.

Listed Grade II on 31 March 1992, it was built in 1847-9, by Robert Stephenson and William Baker for the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway Company, who merged with the Great Western Railway in 1854. It has 12 segmental arches. Just the one, which spans the “Wolverhampton 21 lock flight”, is skew. The railway crosses the lock flight three times.

  • Taken: 4 Apr 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/9
  • 1/160 sec
  • ISO 100

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