Alan H

Alan H

Posted on 06/15/2013

Photo taken on July  8, 2012

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Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge
The Swing Bridge is a swing bridge over the River Tyne, England connecting Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, and lies between the Tyne Bridge and the High Level Bridge.
The hydraulic power still used to move the bridge is today derived from electrically driven pumps. These feed a hydraulic accumulator sunk into a 18 metre shaft below the bridge, the water is then released under pressure which runs the machinery to turn the bridge. The mechanism used for this is still the same machinery originally installed by Lord Armstrong.
It has an 85.6 metre cantilevered span with a central axis of rotation able to move through 360° to allow vessels to pass on either side of it.
The hydraulic Swing Bridge was designed and paid for by Lord Armstrong, with work beginning in 1873. It was first used for road traffic on 15 June 1876 and opened for river traffic on 17 July 1876.
The Swing Bridge stands on the site of the Old Tyne Bridges of 1270 and 1781, and probably of the Roman Pons Aelius.
Newcastle, North East England.
July 2012.

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Tom Swailes
Tom Swailes
A very good 'aerial' view of the bridge and its setting. Nice paint job too, by those looking after the structure.
5 years ago.
Alan H
Alan H
The picture was taken from the Keep in Newcastle, there are good views of the city all around.
5 years ago.