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The Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge across the Vitava River is rightly famous.

It was extremely busy, as the pictures show.

June 13, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The Golden Jubilee Bridges In The Sun

I walked across the Thames on the  the Golden Jubilee Bridges today in the sun.

I think it’s one of the first times, I walked across the upstream bridge on the House of Commons side.

I like this pair of bridges and to me, they are much better than the wobbly bridge.

They also don’t wobble!

May 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Deptford Creek Lift Bridge

You don’t see many lift bridges these days and until a few days ago, I hadn’t realised that this one was there on the Greenwich Rail Line over Deptford Creek.

This report in East London Lines gives details on the current state of the bridge. This is an extract.

The bridge has not been used in several decades and the lifting section was welded shut into ‘down’ position over 10 years ago.

Locally the bridge is a popular sight as well a visual reminder of Deptford’s industrial heritage. The rumours did not go down well with some residents.

The rumours were about demolishing the bridge.

I doubt that will happen.

According to Wikipedia this area was the site of the Battle of Deptford Bridge, which was the last battle of the Cornish Rebellion of 1497.

May 12, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | 2 Comments

The Bridges At Blackfriars

There are actually three bridges at Blackfriars; a road bridge, a rail bridge with a station on top and between them the remains of an older rail bridge. This Google Earth image shows the three bridges.

Blackfriars Bridges

Blackfriars Bridges

From the East or right, they are in order.

1. This is the newer Blackfriars railway bridge, with its station, covered in a solar room, on top.

2. The pairs of dots beside the station are the columns of the older Blackfriars railway bridge, which has been demolished.

3. This is the Blackfriars Bridge.

These pictures were taken as I walked past the bridges from east to west.

Note how the two bridges in use are impressive structures.

I’ve often thought that the redundant piers must have a sensible use. But what?

 

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Dancing With Cranes And A Bridge With Help From Lego

I just had to put a link to this article on Rail Engineer, which is entitled Scarborough Bridge – Monte Carlo Or Bust.

It describes how the bridge that takes the York Scarborough railway line over the River Ouse in the medieval heart of York, was replaced over the half-term weekend in February, at a cost of six million pounds. This Google Earth image shows the centre of York.

York

York

The bridge is the one at the left of the image, with the station below it.

It was choreographed to an amazing degree and used three enormous mobile cranes squeezed into the car park by the bridge on the north bank of the river. Luckily the wind and the weather were kind and the project was completed on time. Perhaps, the most strange aspect of the project is told in this paragraph.

And then we should take our hats off to team member Eamon McAuley who literally built the bridge single-handed…albeit in Lego. It was remarkably detailed – including the track layout and little orange men with chainsaws – and could be deconstructed and rebuilt to follow the lifting sequence. Sitting as a centrepiece in the conference room, it proved more useful than a PowerPoint when explaining the challenges to visitors and stakeholders.

Anybody who said engineering isn’t fun, should hang their head in shame.

March 31, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

The Bridges Of Berwick-upon-Tweed

I took these pictures as my train from Edinburgh to Newcastle crossed the border into England on the Royal Border Bridge.

The main bridge in the picture is the Royal Tweed Bridge with Berwick Bridge behind.

This Google Earth image shows the three major bridges in the area and Berwick-upon-Tweed station above the town.

Berwick-On-Tweed

Berwick-On-Tweed

Note how you can make out the arches of the railway viaduct in the image.

March 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Work Starts On The Bridge At Highbury Corner

I walked past Highbury and Islington station this morning and it appears that work is starting on replacing the bridge.

The crossing has been moved away from the station, but the old Post Office hasn’t been demolished yet.

February 1, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | 3 Comments

London’s New Bridge

It’s not often that London gets a new bridge. But the swing bridge over Deptford Creek opened today.

They even closed it so, that I could walk over the creek.

January 19, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Party’s Over!

Network Rail and their engineers may have had problems at Kings Cross, but the new bridge at South Tottenham station on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line opened a few minutes before the previously published time of ten o’clock.

I was able to get the 09:45 train westwards from the station towards Gospel Oak.

I wonder how long it takes before a vandal puts some graffiti on the brand new bridge.

December 28, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

The Bridge Party Continues

There has been a lot of progress since I took the last pictures.

Rumour has it, that they’ve given the bridge to North Korea, in the hope it will help them realise that bridges are good things to build links between different views.

December 26, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

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