Posted on 29th February 2016 / 1008
Industry Type : Transport
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored

Calstock Viaduct is the largest viaduct in the UK to be built from concrete blocks!

She’s part of the the Plymouth, Devonport and South-Western Junction Railway, (see comment below), and wasn’t completed until 1907.

The concrete blocks look just like stone!

The Calstock Viaduct stands at 120 feet high and looks most elegant for it. Her 11, 148 concrete blocks were cast on the Devonshire bank of the River Tamar in a temporary yard.

The principal names involved were John Lang, Richard Church and William Galbraith.

Until 1934 a wagon lift on a siding alongside the viaduct, which enabled wagons to access the wharf below, was still present. This is quite an unusual feature and possibly part of it’s original use by the East Cornwall Mineral Railway.

Click HERE for better detail on it’s construction and old photos!

The viaduct is grade II* listed for its innovative use of concrete and still in use! You can whiz over it on a train, glide under it on a boat or gaze upon it from the banks of the River Tamar. There is a seasonal passenger ferry that runs from Calstock across the river.

Check out the Historic England Listing – HERE

If you find yourself in Calstock, be sure to find the impressive Calstock Limekiln!

 

Calstock, Cornwall

Calstock Viaduct

Calstock Viaduct is the largest viaduct in the UK to be built from concrete blocks!

She’s part of the the Plymouth, Devonport and South-Western Junction Railway, (see comment below), and wasn’t completed until 1907.

The concrete blocks look just like stone!

The Calstock Viaduct stands at 120 feet high and looks most elegant for it. Her 11, 148 concrete blocks were cast on the Devonshire bank of the River Tamar in a temporary yard.

The principal names involved were John Lang, Richard Church and William Galbraith.

Until 1934 a wagon lift on a siding alongside the viaduct, which enabled wagons to access the wharf below, was still present. This is quite an unusual feature and possibly part of it’s original use by the East Cornwall Mineral Railway.

Click HERE for better detail on it’s construction and old photos!

The viaduct is grade II* listed for its innovative use of concrete and still in use! You can whiz over it on a train, glide under it on a boat or gaze upon it from the banks of the River Tamar. There is a seasonal passenger ferry that runs from Calstock across the river.

Check out the Historic England Listing – HERE

If you find yourself in Calstock, be sure to find the impressive Calstock Limekiln!

 

Calstock, Cornwall

Calstock Viaduct
Industry Type : Transport
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored
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  • Stephen Rawles says:

    Nerdy remark! The railway at Calstock was not part of the GWR. It was part of the the Plymouth, Devonport and South-Western Junction Railway, which became part of the London and South Western Railway, and then the Southern Railway. [Haven’t checked all this fully, but it *wasn’t* GWR.]

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