NZ1164 : River Tyne & Hagg Bank Bridge from above Wylam Scars

taken 9 years ago, near to Wylam, Northumberland, Great Britain

River Tyne & Hagg Bank Bridge from above Wylam Scars
River Tyne & Hagg Bank Bridge from above Wylam Scars
The Newcastle to Carlisle railway line below follows the river on the south bank, protected from the water by its constructed river wall below the Scars NZ1164 : River Tyne at Wylam Scars. The Wylam, Newburn and Scotswood railway loop (now disused) joined this line at Hagg Bank, crossing from the north bank of the river via the arch suspension bridge NZ1164 : Hagg Bank Bridge. The chimney of the Wylam Pumping Station NZ1064 : Wylam Pumping Station can be seen in the distance.
Hagg Bank Bridge

Hagg Bank Bridge (known locally as 'Points Bridge' or the 'Bird Cage') is an early example of an arch suspension bridge. When it was built in 1876 by the Scotswood, Newburn & Wylam Railway Company its design (by W.G. Laws, later City Engineer of Newcastle) was ahead of its time, but paved the way for the Newcastle Tyne Bridge (1928) and Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932).

The bridge allowed trains to cross the river from North Wylam Station to join the Newcastle to Carlisle line at the West Wylam Junction. The bridge has a single span of 240 feet (73 metres), is made of wrought iron, cast by Hawks, Crawshay & Co. of Gateshead. It used to carry a double railway line but was closed on March 11th 1968 and the rails lifted in 1972.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 29 December, 2011
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Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1113 6428 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.3808N 1:49.6597W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1155 6423
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