NZ2463 : Queen Elizabeth II Bridge over the Tyne

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge over the Tyne
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge over the Tyne
The Queen Elizabeth II metro bridge from the King Edward VII rail bridge.
Tyne and Wear Metro (Metro)

Metro is a light railway serving Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. There is 78 miles of track. The network was first opened in 1980.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

King Edward VII Bridge

The bridge was designed and engineered by Charles A. Harrison, the Chief Civil Engineer of the North Eastern Railway, and built by the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company in Darlington between 1902 and 1906 LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

The bridge is not particularly elegant but functional, consisting of four lattice steel spans NZ2463 : Cross Country train crossing King Edward VII Bridge resting on concrete-filled caissons, used in the construction LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

The total length of the bridge is 1,150 feet (350 m) and 112 ft (34 m) above high water mark. It was built with the aid of the largest cableway in the world, 463.5m long, suspended 61m above high water made of 7.6cm diameter steel LinkExternal link It carried over 23,000 tons of material. After the bridge was finished, the cable was sent to the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson shipyard, where it was used to launch the Mauritania.

Originally trains used the High Level Bridge to reach Newcastle Central Station and had to leave the station in the same direction they had entered from, which involved the tedious task of reversing.

The construction of the King Edward VII Bridge provided four more rail tracks NZ2463 : King Edward VII Bridge, and a direct line through the station enabling trains to enter or leave from either side and thus eased rail congestion NZ2463 : Cross Country train approaches Newcastle Central
LinkExternal link

The bridge was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 10 July 1906. The total cost amounted to 500,000.

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
Tyne & Wear Museums: Archive LinkExternal link
Bridges on the Tyne: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
SINE: Archive LinkExternal link

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright David P Howard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
NZ2463, 1427 images   (more nearby search)
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 29 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  City, Town centre  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2481 6339 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.8716N 1:36.8422W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2466 6325
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Image classification(about): Geograph
This page has been viewed about 56 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
thumbs up icon
You are not logged in login | register