LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham
Wixford Station: mrwix583
View of the single line track looking towards Alcester showing
the new bridge, No 5, which replaced Bridge No 51, No 52 and No 53. The route
from Broom to Evesham suffered considerably from flood damage at the turn of
the century and whilst most immediate dangers were addressed, through bridge
building and repairs to embankments, other work was left to later. This view
was taken for the Midland Railway's Engineering Department in 1915 and shows
that the wooden key's used to fix the rails to the chairs are placed on the
outside of the track. Whilst standard practice on most British Railways it was
not standard Midland Railway practice which placed them on the inside so that
the chairs holding both set of rails could be viewed in one pass of the tracks.
See image 'mrcm388' for a photograph showing normal
Midland Railway practice..