Gallery Group – North West

Smardale Gill Viaduct on the North Eastern Railway’s Stainmore line from Barnard Castle to Tebay (Anon/Jane Ellis Collection)
Crook-of-Lune East Viaduct taken from the south. Crook-of-Lune is a tight loop in the River Lune, which forced the railway builders to cross the river twice in about 100 yards. The viaducts are situated about mid-way between Halton and Caton, north east of Lancaster. August 2005. (Ralph Rawlinson)
Hadlow Road station on the Wirral Way (from Hooton to West Kirby) is a showcase for this former railway, which was the first old line in the country to be converted into a railway path. Note the new multi-use surface in the foreground (Bob Prigg)
The major engineering work on the Wirral Way is Neston rock cutting, seen here. The walls of the cutting now host a wide variety of unusual plant life (Bob Prigg)
Wescoe on the former Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway – is situated just west of Threlkeld and was passed by westbound trains just a few minutes before they reached the major intermediate station at Keswick. As can be seen, Wescoe boasts both a short tunnel and one of the many bowstring bridges that remain on this section of the line. The old railway is a used as a footpath. (Richard Lewis)
Another view of Wescoe, this time with the bowstring bridge framed by the tunnel portal (Richard Lewis)
Railway engineers of the CKPR would flip over one of their bowstring bridges and place the bow below rather than above the running line. This example is just west of Threlkeld. The river in the foreground is the River Greta, whose serpentine course between Threlkeld and Keswick required 8 bridges in just 4 miles. It finally closed on 6 March 1972.(Richard Lewis)
Hyndburn Greenway starts from Accrington Station and crosses nearby Platts Lodge Lake on a causeway built between the surviving five sets of tubular piers. The original railway track ran over a viaduct that rested on top of these piers. The greenway links Accrington with Baxenden, a distance of about 2½ miles (Richard Lewis)
Just west of Park Road bridge, before the Padiham Greenway reaches Padiham Memorial Park, this three-arch viaduct carried the old railway line over the River Calder. As can be seen, the L&YR incorporated into its viaduct a pedestrian footbridge, which was also restored as part of the Padiham Greenway project. 2013 (Jeff Vinter)