Wikipedia says this about the railway built between London and Greenwich Railway.
The railway was opened in London between 1836 and 1838. It was the first steam railway in the capital, the first to be built specifically for passengers, and the first elevated railway.
As it’s a line on a viaduct it has lots of arches.
And as the picture shows, many are good ones and seem to be being used profitably.
As I said in the piece on the Greenwich Pumping Station, the area between the blue bridge and the Pumping Station at Greenwich could become a quality leisure area, with waterside cafes and shops, overlooked by a hopefully-restored 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.
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.
To get back from Woolwich today, I decided to take a train from Woolwich Arsenal station.
The picture shows the fountain I walked into, as there were no visual clues and it looked like a wide free area leading to the station.
Luckily, I was wearing sensible walking shoes, which didn’t leak.
But you can see my wet footprints.
Obviously Woolwich loves crap design and has created a real Design Crime.
I couldn’t resist posting this picture of HMS Bulwark, by Waitrose in Greenwich.
It’s just a pity the gap inthe buildings isn’t larger, so that you could see more of the warship.
HMS Bulwark is in Greenwich to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.
Lsrge ships are always impressive on London’s river.
I haven’t been over the Emirates Air Line for some time, but I’m glad I did today.
The visibility was pretty good, although hopefully, I’ll find another cold and sunny day when it is better.
Given the right day, it surely is one of the best camera platforms in a city.
It also helped that I caught the cable car at a quiet Sunday morning. This could have been, because many were expecting bad weather and just didn’t go! But remember it opens early in the morning and even starts at 09:00 on a Sunday. So on the right day weatherwise, get there early and choose your time. I got a cabin to myself by being lucky!
I took these pictures of HMS Illustrious at Greenwich.
Apparently, she is going to be preserved for the nation, as is reported here.
As the pictures show, I shared the lifts and the tunnel with a party of extremely well-behaved Primary School children. I mentioned to the teacher in charge, that I’m surprised Health and Safety let children into the tunnel. She said things were getting better and the children loved using the tunnel.