SE8410 : Keadby Bridge

taken 12 years ago, near to Keadby, North Lincolnshire, Great Britain

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Keadby Bridge
Keadby Bridge
The King George V swing bridge was opened by the King in 1916

The Scherzer rolling lift bridge carrying both road and rail traffic across the River Trent was built by the Great Central Railway 1912-16, replacing the rail only swing bridge of 1866 built by the South Yorkshire Railway Company.

Its 163ft electricity powered bascule (lifting span) was one of the first of its type in Britain and when built, was the largest in Europe. Designed by James Ball and built by contractors Sir.William Arrol & Co. it has three main spans and two approach spans, the total distance between abutments is 548ft. The bascule was fixed in position in 1960, when the bridge was widened and the headroom increased and hasnít been lifted since.

Each span is composed of three lattice steel girders, the middle one of which runs between the road and the railway. The main spans are 134ft, 140ft and the bascule one, which provides a clear waterway of 150ft. The approach span to the east is 70ft wide and the western one, onto which the bascule span rolls, is 40ft wide.
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Date Taken
Friday, 3 November, 2006   (more nearby)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 841 106 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.1151N 0:43.8645W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 842 106
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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