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Brick bridges: Single track arch spans

Most overline arches span at least two tracks. Single track arches may be used if there is little headroom, though use of an iron deck was more usual in such cases.
Bridge 242, Tonbridge Bridge 242, Tonbridge, photographed on 18th August 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Bridge 242, Tonbridge.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bridge 242, Tonbridge

Probably the best-known single track arch bridge on the Southern is Railway Approach bridge at Tonbridge station. There are four main arches, plus a fifth, smaller one on the north side, used by a footpath. The Up Passenger Loop is spanned by a concrete deck. A similar bridge used to be at Ashford.

Battersea Park Road bridge, Stewarts Lane Junction Battersea Park Road bridge, Stewarts Lane Junction, photographed on 1st June 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

A bridge rather like that at Tonbridge carried Battersea Park Road over the Brighton lines at Stewarts Lane. Now there is just one track under this bridge, the Battersea Reversible Line. Battersea Park Road crosses the Chatham Lines on a concrete deck bridge.

Hinton Wood Avenue bridge, Hinton Admiral, photographed on 22nd July 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Hinton Wood Avenue bridge, Hinton Admiral

There is a series of single track arch bridges between Brockenhurst and Christchurch. This is Hinton Wood Avenue bridge at Hinton Admiral. There are some similar bridges on the Netley line.

Beechey Road bridge, Bournemouth Beechey Road bridge, Bournemouth, photographed on 18th October 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Beechey Road bridge, Bournemouth.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Beechey Road

Beechey Road bridge, at the country end of Bournemouth station, spanned not just the main line, but tracks into the engine shed. It had five arches in total, but only three remain in use. The spandrels and parapets are decorated with panelling.

Canal Aqueduct, Pirbright Canal Aqueduct, Pirbright, photographed on 15th March 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

 
Fulwell Tunnel, photographed on 27th October 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Fulwell Tunnel

The aqueduct carrying the Basingstoke Canal over the South Western main line between Pirbright Junction and Farnborough has a single arch for each track. A somewhat similar, but more ornate, structure carries Wellington Road over the railway at Fulwell. This is treated as a tunnel for operating purposes, as the canal aqueduct once was.

Bridge Road bridge, Wallington Bridge Road bridge, Wallington has four very flat elliptical arches, photographed on 11th August 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

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