TF3243 : Railway Swing Bridge, Boston

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

Railway Swing Bridge, Boston
Railway Swing Bridge, Boston
The former GNR branchline connection to Boston docks.
The Haven Swing Bridge, 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 river has been narrowed since then.
The bridge was given Grade II Listed status in 1975.
Trainload freight ceased in January 1993 on this former GNR branchline due to a slow decline in traffic following WWII. The link to Grimsby closed in 1970 and by 1980 the branch was only carrying 10% of the port's traffic. The port was sold off to the Sutcliffe Group, a private sector and British Rail stated they may refuse traffic from January 1990. This did not occur for three years, which then culminated in an unwelcome increase in road traffic from the dock. Then came privatisation of the railways and the dock company and EWS, the UK's main railfreight operating company, agreed to a resumption of traffic following track and loading improvements within the port. On September 29 1997, the service resumed with the arrival of 13 empty wagons for the Round Oak steel terminus near Dudley. The harbour branch was reborn.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Construction, Development  Docks, Harbours 
Bridge (from Tags)
Swing Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3267 4307 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.1149N 0:1.5564W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3265 4308
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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