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Coordinates: 50.19331°N 5.38516°W

Angarrack viaduct and the village below in March 2010

Angarrack railway viaduct is situated at Angarrack in west Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1]

The eleven-arch granite-built viaduct [2] carries the Cornish Main Line railway across the steep-sided valley of the Angarrack River, a tributary of the River Hayle, between the present day stations of Camborne and Hayle.[1] The village extends up the valley and under the viaduct.

The original viaduct at Angarrack was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the west Cornwall Railway and was "... built wholly of timber on stone footings".[2] It was nearly 800 feet (240 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) high. The present viaduct of roughly the same dimensions was an entirely new replacement structure and opened by the Great Western Railway in 1885. Its eleven stone arches each have a span of 56.5 feet (17.2 m).

The stone from the original Brunel footings was re-used to construct the sea wall on the approach to Penzance railway station. Today, no evidence remains of Brunel's original structure.[2]


  1. ^ a b Land's End. Landranger. 203. Southampton: Ordnance Survey. ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7.
  2. ^ a b c Binding, John (1993). Brunel's Cornish Viaducts. Penryn: Atlantic Transport Publishing/Historical Model Railway Society. pp. 106–107. ISBN 0-906899-56-7.

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The Hayle Railway introduced passenger trains on 23 May 1843. The service was closed on 16 February 1852. On 11 March 1852 the West Cornwall Railway opened a new station. The old station had been on the section of the Hayle Railway that was closed entirely as a steep rope-worked incline descended from Angarrack to sea level at Copperhouse, it was replaced by a much gentler incline to the new Hayle railway station. However the new Angarrack station was closed in 1853. (See also Angarrack viaduct.)