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TommyRob



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Built by Hall Russell at Aberdeen in 1950 the 1,777 gr tons flat iron Harry Richardson uses the Swing Bridge at Newcastle on its way to Dunston Staiths to load another London cargo in 1972.

The Swing Bridge was completed in 1876 employing ironwork and machinery from W George Armstrong's Elswick works (he of Vickers Armstrong fame). His company benefitted greatly from this improved upstream access and the first bridge movement was for an Italian battleship bound for his works.

This site is also that of the first Tyne Bridge built under the auspices of the Emperor Hadrian c120AD who went on to build a wall.

The second structure is the High Level bridge a rail on top road beneath design by Robert Stephenson dating from 1849, a combined arch and suspension design. Road useage is thankfully very restricted today.

Both structures were advanced for their time, each took three years to build and remain an impressive tribute to Victorian engineering.
· Date: Mon, 8 December 14 · Views: 413
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Keywords: Harry Richardson
Source of Image, If not your own: Own Neg
Location photo was taken: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date photo was taken: 23 July 1972
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fred henderson

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Tue, 9 December 14 08:16

When the High Level bridge first opened the road was for use by trams only; now it is only for buses. When Stephenson built the bridge, trains from Edinburgh had to be reversed out of Newcastle Central Station . Throgh running of London - Edinburgh trains was only possible after the King Edward IV bridge (the next one up-river in the photo) was built.

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TommyRob

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Tue, 9 December 14 09:13

That's very interesting, thanks Fred - not something I had considered.

I do recall the very distinctive siren on the swing bridge that I could hear from my flat next to Elswick Park. I imagine that in these keep very quiet at the docks days it has been silenced on the few occasions the bridge is used.
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Tue, 9 December 14 17:07

My dad Billy Langton served on her for a while
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