Runcorn Cheshire 2nd July 2011
A beautiful summer sunrise over the River Mersey.
A West Coast Railways Class 47 diesel (not sure which - it was 04.19 when we left Crewe! Actually 47760 I see from a YouTube video) pulls the stock of the RTC Coast to Coast railtour over Runcorn bridge in Cheshire. At the rear was 5305LA's Stanier 5MT 4-6-0 45305 which then hauled the train from Liverpool to Scarborough & back.
Runcorn Railway Bridge, also known as Ethelfleda Bridge or Britannia Bridge, crosses the River Mersey at Runcorn Gap from Runcorn to Widnes in Cheshire. It was built in 1868 for the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) to a design by William Baker, chief engineer of the company.
Alongside is the Silver Jubilee Bridge opened for road traffic in 1961.