NZ1164 : Track-bed of Hagg Bank Bridge

taken 3 years ago, near to Wylam, Northumberland, Great Britain

Track-bed of Hagg Bank Bridge
Track-bed of Hagg Bank Bridge
Also known locally as Points Bridge or the Bird Cage Bridge NZ1164 : Hagg Bank Bridge
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
Friday, 27 April, 2018   (more nearby)
Friday, 27 April, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1113 6428 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.3808N 1:49.6597W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 11098 64259
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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