Photographer's Note

Taken from a very similar location to that in my image of a few posts ago. Castlefield in Manchester again.

Here is found a collection of industrial landmarks, close to Manchester city centre. The area has been a transport hub for almost 250 years - the Bridgewater and Rochdale canals meet here, as do the railways from Trafford Park and Ordsall Lane Junction. Metrolink soars over all of these. Whilst the 1969 closure of Manchester Central Station - now an exhibition venue - prompted tracks to be lifted, the infrastructure that carried them remains largely in place. The two operational routes thread their way through Castlefield on low-level brick viaducts, with the line from Ordsall Lane itself bridged by two spans forming part of high-level structures. The southernmost of these, Cornbrook, was opened in 1877 and has accommodated Metrolink’s trams for the past 18 years. The younger but sicklier northern viaduct remains devoid of function except for its iconic role in the cityscape. Its three tracks served both Central Station and the adjacent Great Northern goods warehouse which prompted its construction in 1891-92.

Two dead barges lie abandoned under the viaducts.

Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f/7.0
ISO: 400
Focal length: 28 mm

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