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Deano

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Re: Sheppey Bridges
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2011, 19:09:32 »
I thought the bridge (before the 1960`s kingsferry bridge) was Wooden,
i`m sure my grandparents told me that many times
and i think i`ve seen a photo/pic on-line somewhere too

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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2010, 14:23:38 »
Some Pictures of the the trials and tribulations at the bridge on December 17th 1922 and the hassles a bridge breakdown could cause.















The next show the gala event of lifting of the tolls on July 1st 1929





This last one shows the aftermath of the 53 floods

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Re: Sheppey Bridges
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2010, 18:49:16 »
Yes that's the one Leofwine!  I don't know how to search the Google maps properly, I'll have to have a bash when I can find the time. :)

It's not quite the same as ours (the previous one) but the principle is the same, and our friends in Brielle always call it Sheppey Bridge. Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2010, 20:18:04 »
Actually I think you are right!  :)
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2010, 13:02:51 »
I think it is on the N256 ne Bergen op Zoom, been over  it and sure it is on the road that runs for miles across the delta

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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2010, 11:46:27 »
There is one very similar (although I haven't been able to study it for comparison) in Holland.  We have friends over there and have passed over it a few times, but I can't for the life of me think where it is.  It is on the coast, near Rotterdam I think, and sometimes we go that way, back to Brielle.

Our friends always call it `Sheppey Bridge', as it reminded them of ours.
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2010, 19:42:15 »
I had heard that the Kingsferry Bridge had a larger sister somewhere in Northern Europe, is this true, does she still exist??

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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2010, 21:27:58 »
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2010, 22:58:23 »
I used to work trains in and out of the Island as a train guard and it was not unknown to get held up at Swale Halt when the bridge was raised for a ship to pass through on the Swale.Once at Swale Halt i had just got down onto the platform when a prison officer came along the platform looking for an escaped prisoner.The cheeky so and so said i looked similar to the prisoner.The warder himself had a close resemblance to Convict 99!

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 11:56:31 »
1922, after a boat collided with the bridge and left it unusable all goods, including the xmas ones shown were transported onto the island by boat.

In 1923 with the new bridge being constructed passengers had to change from one train to another whilst travelling to and from the island.

After another collision with the bridge the Royal Engineers constructed a pontoon bridge over the Swale in 1954.

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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2009, 12:26:06 »
I was told the lifting bit of the Old bridge went to a third world Country ?
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009, 01:19:29 »
Kyn: Thanks! That's the clearest photo I've yet seen of the old horizontal lift bridge.

It was replaced by a Scherzer rolling lift bascule section, leaving the non-lifting section almost unaltered.  The bulk of this bridge survived until it was demolished early 1960s after the concrete lump was opened.

As a child, I used to ride the steam train to Sittingbourne during school term.  I once walked from Sheerness to the old bridge just to study it.  When the then new concrete bridge was being built it was fascinating to see all the cranes at work from the train.

The old bridge could have been kept as a fine example of late Victorian / early Edwardian engineering.  I'd bet a pound to a penny that it was completely broken up for scrap.  The nearest bridge to it in design would be the preserved Pegasus Bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_Bridge

Just a thought: considering that the Scherzer bridge was installed following lots of committee meetings and an Act of Parliament, the original plans are almost certainly gathering dust in some government archive.  Maybe they will turn up one day.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 19:28:12 »
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 21:40:51 »
Is this from someone on here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHDMGIZuc_0

 

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