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Written by Marcus Dawson - 31 Aug 2004
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Location notes
A low viaduct across the River Esk just north of Carlisle Kingmoor and to the south of the Scottish border.
Railway type and traffic
Anglo Scottish WCML traffic.
Virgin West Coast and Cross Country services, mostly Pendolionos and Voyagers but some loco hauled workings remain. Plenty of freight from DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS (DRS Kingmoor depot is a short distance to the south).
Environment
Open fields with very little shelter.
Road directions
Signposted off the A74. The sign is very close to the northbound turning so be alert, if you cross the river you have gone to far. From the south the turning is just after the river Esk bridge.

Once you have turned off the A74 park up near the Metal Bridge Public house. There is a public foot path leading from the back of the pub car park to the location. It can get very overgrown, not a great walk for someone in shorts!

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Carlisle, Metal Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
At the Metal Bridge public house.
Public transport
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Amenities
The location is a few hundred yards from the Metal Bridge pub.
Accommodation
The Metal Bridge Inn
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Carlisle, Metal Bridge

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Carlisle, Metal Bridge



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Photographic notes
The embankment offers a good unrestricted view of the side of train in either direction, but being a flood plain it can get quite muddy. The bridge has a reasonable low parapet so no steps are required to get a view across the top and the steps offer height differentials for northbound workings head on or south bound round the edge of the parapet.
The early morning suits west facing side shots, with the sun moving to the southbound "on the nose shot around 10-12. After that it will move to the west side of the line.
Links to photographs at this location

Rail-net GWRB tour 2004 - Tractor chasing


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

From the bridge steps

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Over the top of the bridge.

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

From the western riverbank

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south

Directly down the WCML looking towards Carlisle

Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south


Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north

From the eastern river bank

Fig 7 - Looking west



Fig 7 - Looking west

A general view of the viaduct form the eastern riverbank

Fig 8 - General view of the bridge



Fig 8 - General view of the bridge


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