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Swing Bridge, Newcastle

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An 1875 photo taken during construction. The travelling crane is relatively sophisticated for a site crane, being powered by a high speed rope drive. Source: See note
Image dated 2013.
The attractive control tower has a quaint appearance which belies the sophistication and strength of the bridge
Note the considerable thickness of the top flange of the approach span girders, comprising numerous layers of iron plate riveted together
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W. G. Armstrong and Co Steam-driven hydraulic pump which originally powered the swing bridge, now on display at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Connects Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead.

1876 Bridge commissioned.

The 1875 photo is from Newcastle Libraries via the Co-Curate website[1], where it is stated to be in the public domain, free of copyright.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Co-Curate website: Newcastle Swing Bridge