Brian’s Bridges

I had planned to visit the Tower bridge in London but we were not able to get to it.  The tour buses were not going there on Sunday due to the British Tour Bicycle race that was happening in London.

We did make the next bridge on the itinerary; The Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash.  It’s the one on the left.

Royal Albert Bridge (The one on the left.)

The Royal Albert is a Railroad bridge that spans the Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash.  It was designed by Brunel and erected in 1859.  It was raining pretty hard when we arrived at the bridge and access was pretty limited due to construction underway on both it and the adjacent bridge.

The Royal Albert Bridge.

I was able to get this photograph of a model of the bridge located just outside the bridge office.

Model of the Royal Albert Bridge.

On our way to Stafford we stopped in Bristol to have a look at the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge

This bridge, designed  by Brunel in 1836 was completed in 1864.  The bridge is still in use today.  Cars pay a toll of 50p, pedestrians and cyclists cross at no charge.

I-bar chain of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

It is a chain suspension bridge in that it uses iron I-bars linked together much like a chain rather than a cable to support the suspenders which support the bridge deck.

This is a beautiful bridge spanning high above the Avon river.

The Avon River below the Bridge

This sign posted on the pier at each end of the suspended span suggests that there are some who have used the bridge for purposes other than crossing the deep gorge.

Plaque found at each end of the bridge.

A view of the bridge from the bluff.

Crossing the bridge.

I detected a slight vibration as cars passed.

One bolt for each suspender, whether it needs it or not!

Each suspender is attached to the chain with a single bolt. The bolt is perhaps 1-inch diameter.

Another view from the bridge.

No climbers on the bluff and no graffiti!

While in Llangollen, Wales we went to visit the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by Thomas Telford.

The aqueduct still carries barges across the River Dee.

The aqueduct was built in 1795 at a cost of 47,000 pounds.

Iron trusses span 35 feet between stone piers. The spandrel trusses are "infilled" with plate to give the appearance of an arch.

The canal is carried 126 feet above the valley below.

The views from the aqueduct are spectacular.

The aqueduct is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.


One Response to Brian’s Bridges

  1. Karen Walker says:

    The bridges are interesting, and I really like the aqueduct–still in use over 200 years later. Wonderful views.

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