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whelley loop viaducts


whelley loop viaducts
Photo: terry almond
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Comment by: tuddy on 12th April 2013 at 10:11

I was up there a couple of weeks ago, it's very overgrown now. Dose anybody know when the two viaducts were built?

Comment by: winder on 12th April 2013 at 19:01

This viaduct was built in 1881/2
The "Domino" viaduct for the Boars Head to Adlington line was 1869

Comment by: tuddy on 12th April 2013 at 20:02

Thanks winder, I always knew them as the twenty bridges and the seven bridges.

Comment by: tony G on 12th April 2013 at 22:53

Does anyone remember Bill? A gentleman who drank in the 'Cherries'. He lived all his life in 'Brock Mill'. About 10 years ago he told me his war service was protecting these bridges. He told me the amount of freight to Scotland had to be protected. Anyway, he did go on to say, the Germans attempted destroy them. We always thought they were stray bombs!!! Bill arrested a german who was parachuted down to the bridges!!!!

Comment by: mary on 13th April 2013 at 01:17

My mumalways said, they dropped bombshere on their way back to Germany. Now we know why they di it. Try to bomb the bridges!!!!

Comment by: Tony G on 14th April 2013 at 02:38

Yes Mary, they tried it!!! Tough, they never did it!!!

Comment by: Jarvo on 24th April 2013 at 08:36

A tall story, indeed. The Germans would never have known about such a remote viaduct as this, and, it wasn't the most regularly route used at any time. Some folk invent stuff, and folk believe them...Gordon Bennett!

Comment by: Elayne on 25th April 2013 at 09:55

Am I right in thinking that I can get to the twenty bridges down Leyland Mill Lane?

Comment by: Barry on 1st August 2014 at 16:22

Germans had extensive ordance survey maps of Britain. Of course they would know the bridges. Read Forgotton Railways of the North West

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