£20m Birthday present for Barmouth Bridge

Barmouth Bridge
Network Rail plans £20m funding as Barmouth Bridge celebrates 150th anniversary
Published Wed, 2017-10-11 14:44

This week Barmouth Bridge celebrates its 150th anniversary with a weekend of activities including a special diesel service which ran yesterday. 

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Barmouth Bridge © Hefin Owen - Creative Commons Licence

These celebrations also saw an early birthday present come, as Network Rail announced plans to spend in excess of £20m on the bridge between 2019 and 2024, which hope to be finalised by Friday 13th October. 

As part of the celebrations a special diesel train service ran from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli yesterday, hauling passengers through the Snowdonian mountains and over the historic bridge itself. The diesel locomotive hauling the Riviera Mark1 carriages was Class 37/0 No. 97304 'John Tiley'.

The bridge, also known as the Barmouth Viaduct is a single-track largely wooden railway viaduct that carries the Cambrian Coast Railway across the River Mawddach estuary on the coast of Cardigan Bay, Wales. Spanning around 730 metres, the viaduct is a grade II listed structure and is one of the longest timber viaducts still in use in Britain today. The bridge has survived through two World Wars, a close call with a naval mine, and has even overcome a bout of marine woodworm in the 1980s.
 
The anniversary will hold its main celebrations over the weekend of October 14-15 with a themed laser and firework display centered on the harbour and bridge on Saturday night, as well as exhibitions, films, treasure hunts and a Victorian tea-party.

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