A tale of two bridges

Concrete bridge over river

Recently all eyes have been on Lendal Bridge. A less glamorous bridge deserves our attention: Clifton Bridge. This week marked 50 years since it opened. It’s likely this bridge will be bearing an extra load, of all the traffic diverted from Lendal Bridge.

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After Beeching: railway remains /2

Brick arched viaduct seen across riverside greenery

Some years ago, the now old-fashioned OS paper maps made me realise the extent of our railway network before ‘Beeching’s Axe’. Those orange-covered Explorer maps, with their beautiful detail. Including, all over, bits of ‘Dismantled Railway’. Curving lines broken in places but still traceable across the landscape.

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After Beeching: railway remains /1

Perspective view, dirt track between greenery, into distance, under brick bridge

It’s 50 years since the Beeching report was published. Seems a good time to steam through my collection of photos from walks in Yorkshire which included parts of those abandoned routes, and their surviving railway architecture.

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