TF3243 : Railway Swing Bridge, Boston

taken 8 years ago, near to Boston, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Railway Swing Bridge, Boston
Railway 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 signal box for the level crossing gates, signals and swing bridge are on the west bank and both can just be seen above the bridge.
The telescopic crane is on a floating platform and is being used for the repair of the river wall.
This view can only be had by walking along a sort of path from South Quay, at the end of which is a tall wire fence. You have to hold your camera above the fence and beyond the trees at 90 to the right and shoot hoping for the best. The result, as far as I was concerned, was a 15 sloping horizon, which I corrected later. It can be seen that the rails are shiny, so used regularly.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Construction, Development 
Bridge (from Tags)
Swing Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3268 4305 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.1040N 0:1.5480W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3270 4308
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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