Large Brunel wooden bridge, Walkham Viaduct (custom)
Large Brunel wooden bridge, Walkham Viaduct (custom)(i)
|Arch Three , Area 73 |
Arch Three, Overhead
The original bridge
The original viaduct was constructed in 1859 for the South Devon Railway, from sixteen spans of Baltic Pine bridgework seated on masonry pillars, and its design was reckoned to represent the best of Brunel's series of wooden viaducts. It was finally replaced in 1910 with a steel version (using the same pillars), and this in turn was demolished in the 1965. A replacement, the Gem Bridge, is due to open in 2012.