Old Reading station bridge joins Great Central Railway

Reading Station work A new bridge is part of a £850m Reading station overhaul

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When an old railway bridge at Reading was replaced as part of an £850m station overhaul, it was intended for use as scrap.

But now the two bridge decks have found a home at the Great Central Heritage Railway in Loughborough.

David Wilson from Network Rail said: "It just so happens that they perfectly fit a gap in their railway that they need to fill.

"It's a fortuitous bit of railway matchmaking."

The decks, both 17m (55ft) long, have been transported on flatbed trucks to the Leicestershire site.

A new 1,000-tonne railway bridge replaced the old bridge at Reading on New Year's Day.

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