My favourite bridge (I know, I know!)

This one?
Birchenough Bridge - Wikipedia

Victoria Falls Bridge is a different design, but also impressive
That’s the one; somewhere around I’ve got some photos taken by a young Bob serving with the BATT in Zimbabwe in the 80s.

It’s a very elegant thing. Most Dorman Long bridges are big, heavy structures with a sense of immenseness to the steelwork. Up close, Sydney is massive. Newcastle too. That one in Zim is a structural engineers dream; lightweight and minimalist.
 
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Most Dorman Long bridges are big, heavy structures with a sense of immenseness to the steelwork. Up close, Sydney is massive. Newcastle too. That one in Zim is a structural engineers dream; lightweight and minimalist.
Interesting to remember that companies like Dorman Long actually made the steel and then designed and built bridges and structures all over the world.
 
Interesting to remember that companies like Dorman Long actually made the steel and then designed and built bridges and structures all over the world.
If you’ve never seen it, try and watch The Firm that Bridges the World. It was in the History section on the iPlayer. Link below gives an overview. The firm that bridged the world

Dorman Longs marketing materials from the 30s make great bridge porn too. http://www.dormanlongtechnology.com/Download_files/DL Historical/Dorman Long bridges 1930 book.pdf
 
If you’ve never seen it, try and watch The Firm that Bridges the World. It was in the History section on the iPlayer. Link below gives an overview. The firm that bridged the world

Dorman Longs marketing materials from the 30s make great bridge porn too. http://www.dormanlongtechnology.com/Download_files/DL Historical/Dorman Long bridges 1930 book.pdf
Great! Interesting to see the names Freeman and Fox appear in the first couple of pages.

I've got a copy of Dorman Long's "dimensions and properties" somewhere. All in pounds and inches of course.
 
Looks well cared for, is it a listed structure?
Not sure if it’s listed. It should be; there’s only one other one left in service carrying a pipe over the Basingstoke Canal at Farnborough. It’s in a real state.

I think the Monmouth bridge is still maintained by the MoD It’s on the approach track to the old Vauxhall Camp. RMonRE used to keep it looking good, but I’m not sure if that still happens.

One was recently removed from a old airfield in Lincolnshire. It’s been restored I believe for the RE museum. There’s a few replicas too.
 

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Some bridges are more basic than others
 
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Not strictly a bridge in the usual terms but the symbol of Teessides, sadly past industrial might, built with steel from local foundries in the late 19th century and still running today.
Originally worked by raising and lowering the south end of the bridge superstructure from a winch house at the South end, the North end was tensioned and pivoted the 'suspended car' would slide along the bridge superstructure on steel wheels.Now the car runs on electric motors and the bridge is fixed

Is that not in America now serving the Native Americans, some Geordie blokes took it over IIRC?
 

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