River Derwent Bridge Abutment

River Derwent Bridge

The only major river to be crossed by the Forge Valley Line was the Derwent, splitting East and West Ayton apart.

The iron girder bridge spanned 84 feet supported on cast iron cylinders five feet in diameter, which were filled with Portland cement concrete. The pillars were sunk to about 14 feet deep. The centre girder was about 8 feet 6 inches bearing and the bottom of the girders was about two or three feet from the lowest flood level.

The bridge was demolished shortly after track lifting. Little evidence remains of any embankment leading up to where the bridge once was. Only the eastern-most pillar is visible today.

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