Exploring The Hockley Viaduct near Winchester, Hampshire.

Today I am meeting Craig Emerson, an amateur railway buff, and he is showing me the Hockey Viaduct near Winchester in Hampshire.

The viaduct, originally called the Shawford Viaduct, was built in the late 1880s by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). It provided a link over the River Itchen and water meadows, from the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DN&SR), to the LSWR’s main line. The DN&SR was originally intended to continue down the east side of the Itchen to Southampton, but had stalled at Winchester due to lack of funds. The viaduct crossed the valley to link the DN&SR to the LSWR, which ran (and still runs) down the west side of the valley.

Fin out more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockley_Railway_Viaduct

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