|The only significant Southern viaducts comprising wrought iron
girders on brick piers are on the Oxted line. All have spans comprising four
parallel, diamond trusses supporting the bridge deck. The piers are more
massive than might be the case in a brick viaduct, but have blind arches. Cooks
Pond Viaduct has a single relieving arch in each pier; Oxted Viaduct has a
pair. Riddlesdown and Cooks Pond viaducts have five spans, of 101 feet and 125
feet respectively. Oxted viaduct is smaller, with three 95 feet spans.
The other major viaduct on the line, at Woldingham, was built over 15 years before the others. A railway between Croydon and Groombridge was promoted by the Surrey & Sussex Railway, work starting in 1865. The money ran out in 1869 and the project was abandoned, though by that time Woldingham Viaduct was complete. It was not until 1884 that the viaduct came into use, as part of the direct line to East Grinstead.
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