Thornton viaduct

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Thornton viaduct
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Thornton viaduct
Carries Ex-Great Northern Railway
Crosses Pinch Beck
Locale West Yorkshire
Maintained by Sustrans
Design arch bridge
Total length 300 yards (270 m)
Width double track
Height 120 feet (37 m)
Longest span 40 feet (12 m)
Opened 1878
Closed 1965
Coordinates 53°47′22″N 1°51′23″W / 53.7894°N 1.8564°W / 53.7894; -1.8564Coordinates: 53°47′22″N 1°51′23″W / 53.7894°N 1.8564°W / 53.7894; -1.8564

Thornton viaduct is a disused railway viaduct crossing Pinch Beck valley at Thornton, near the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is 300 yards (270 m) long and has 20 arches.[1] It was built in an S-shape to allow a smooth access to Thornton station. The viaduct was part of the GNR's Queensbury Lines running between Queensbury and Keighley. It stopped carrying passengers in 1955 but remained open to goods until the 1960s when it was finally closed and the tracks pulled up. The viaduct is now a Grade II listed building.

The viaduct was reopened as part of the Great Northern Railway Trail between Cullingworth and Queensbury along the track bed in 2008.[2]

This was the viaduct used in the episode of Last of the Summer Wine entitled "Three men and a Mangle", where they hoisted the mangle up from the road, only for it to go through the roof of the police car the first time!

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  1. ^ "Thornton Viaduct". Forgotten Relics. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Thornton viaduct set to open". Telegraph & Argus. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 

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