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With reference to the correspondence about bowstring girder bridges for heavy rail, Thomas Bouch designed seven bowstring girder bridges (four of them inverted) of spans varying between 64ft and 119ft (19.5m to 36m) in wrought iron for the Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway which opened in 1847.

These bridges remained in use (some having been strengthened by the LMS in the 1920s and 1930s) until the line closed in 1972. With one exception, these bridges are still standing, some being used for a footpath along the railway track bed.

Martin Elson (M) 88 Sandylands Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6 JH

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