Site of Railway Viaduct E of Rugby Station

Description of this historic site

The site of a railway viaduct dating back to the Imperial period. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1923. The viaduct was situated 700m east of Rugby Station.

Notes about this historic site

1 Railway viaduct marked on 1923 map.
2 Steel girder viaduct (1896-98) taking the Central line across the London and North Western Railway, and its sidings. It required 14 arches, comprising: a steel bridge of two plates; three lattice girder bridges; and a plate bridge. The girder construction that spanned the main London and North Western line was known as the ‘birdcage’ due to its appearance.
3 Most of the arches were destroyed in 1981.
4 Two sections of the ‘birdcage bridge’ remain in situ over the now electrified West Coast Main Line.
5 Photograph.

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