Bridge & Signal Box Surveys
Three bridges have been surveyed as potential modelling projects at or close to Todmorden, and the photo surveys have been made available here for railway modellers with an interest in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.
In January 2014 Network Rail notified Calderdale Council of its intention to remove an existing footbridge and replace it with a new footbridge structure on the existing footprint. The bridge carries a public footpath over the Todmorden – Hebden Bridge line and is located at Grid Reference SD968261, immediately adjacent to the A646 Burnley Road.
Quoting from a letter accompanying the application: "The existing structure comprises 2 No. early steel warren truss girders with regular stiffeners and overhead hoop bracing and was constructed circa 1904. The footbridge has a span of approximately 24m and an assessed capacity of 4.3kN/m2 (based on Assessment Results from 2004/05). The structure is supported by a masonry pier (up side), a bank seat (down side) and 1 No. intermediate pier. The deck is constructed from timber and spans between the bottom chords. There is a lattice staircase providing access to the up side. There are service pipes (electric cable and other) attached to both trackside elevations; the casings for which are in poor condition".
Just down the road from 117 is bridge 118. This features the original stone arch for the two running lines plus a steel extension for the sidings. It also has a small stream running alongside the road which also passes under the bridge, and the later abutments feature white glazed bricks.
This bridge has been much used to take photos of the bankers and the old signal box at this location, but very few pictures exist of the bridge itself. The bridge was redecked - probably in 1992 - and any information of the original deck's construction would be gratefully received.
Other BR Midland Region Bridges
Other BR Midland Region Signal Boxes
Great Eastern Railway