Photographer's Note

"The Barmouth Bridge (Welsh: Pont Abermaw) is a single-track largely wooden railway viaduct that crosses the estuary of the Afon Mawddach river on the coast of Cardigan Bay between Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth in Gwynedd, Wales. A footbridge is incorporated on the landward side and pedestrians can walk by the side of the track across the river on payment of a toll."
(The toll booth was not open on the day that we crossed the bridge by foot.)

"The Barmouth bridge is one of the largest surviving timber viaducts in Britain.

The bridge was first opened to horse drawn carriages on 3rd June 1867 . Locomotive services began in October of the same year.

The bridge stretches almost half a mile across the Mawddach estuary.

The iron section of the bridge was originally constructed with a rolling 'cock-and-draw' or 'over-draw' section which could be opened to allow tall sailing ships to continue up the Mawddach estuary.This section was replaced at the beginning of the 20th century with a steel swinging span. The swinging span was last used (for testing purposes)in April 1987.

The bridge is still in use today. The viaduct carries the Cambrian Line, the main line of the former Cambrian Railways, which runs from Shrewsbury, England to Pwllheli, and carries passenger trains operated by Arriva Trains Wales."

The bridge is owned by Network Rail.

Calls have recently (nov 2013) been made for a 146-year-old railway bridge to be listed as a World Heritage Site.

For the history of Barmouth Bridge see:

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