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Water Street Bridge (Manchester)

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This is the 1904 bridge that replaced the historic 1830 cast iron bridge
This bridge crosses Water Street immediately north of the 1904 bridge, serving goods warehouses

The original bridge carried the Liverpool and Manchester Railway over Water Street.

It was the first cast iron bridge constructed to carry a main line railway (as distinct from a tramway). It took the railway into the terminus station, now the home of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

The beams were designed by Eaton Hodgkinson and cast by Fairbairn and Lillie.

The bridge was subsequently replaced by a steel girder bridge in 1904 (see photo).

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