TM4796 : Somerleyton swing bridge

taken 9 years ago, near to Somerleyton, Suffolk, Great Britain

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Somerleyton swing bridge
Somerleyton swing bridge
The bridge is closed to rail traffic in order to let a boat pass that is travelling on the River Waveney. The view to the river is obscured by the high reeds growing alongside both sides of it. For a view of the bridge as it swings around and re-connects with the rail track see > LinkExternal link.

Somerleyton swing bridge > LinkExternal link - it is located a short distance to the north-west of Somerleyton railway station > LinkExternal link and takes the railway line over the River Waveney - is 14.40 metres wide and has a clearance f 2.60 metres. The bridge is kept in alignment with the rails on the land by means of a bolt. The signals on the far side of the bridge are connected mechanically and carried across the length of the bridge on rods. The signal box > LinkExternal link is a brick-built example of the Great Eastern's standard design which was introduced in 1886, and it is quite large because the bridge operating gear used to occupy part of the box. Outside there is a board that can be used to indicate to shipping how long they will have to wait, other boards can be slid across to indicate the waiting time. For a view of the signal box and bridge taken from Somerleyton station see > LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 September, 2009
Railway swing bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 475 967 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.7366N 1:38.8274E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 476 968
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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