TF3243 : The Haven, Boston

taken 4 years ago, near to Boston, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

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The Haven, Boston
The Haven, Boston
The railway swing bridge was designed by Richard Johnson, Chief Engineer of the GNR (Great Northern Railway). The bridge replaced a structure of wooden piles and girders, which was erected at the opening of the railway on 17th October 1848. The 8ft diameter, 50ft long pivot for the 60ft central span was started in September 1882. The hollow tube was slowly dug 25ft into the bed of the river and sunk to its proper level by October 1882. By then, filling it with concrete was well underway. It was completed in 1884 and tested by running two large goods engines of the GNR across it and placing them in the centre of the span. The combined weight was about 100 tons. The test was satisfactory. The connection at the west bank was via a span of 120ft and at the east via a span of 110ft. The signal box for the level crossing gates, signals and swing bridge are on the west bank.
The telescopic crane is on a floating platform behind the bridge and is being manoeuvred into place for the repair of the river wall.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3267 4307 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.1149N 0:1.5564W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3265 4309
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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