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Scotswood Railway Bridge

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Scotswood Railway Bridge
Blaydon - Scotswood Railway Bridge.jpg
Scotswood Railway Bridge, on 25 August 2005
Coordinates54°58′06″N 1°41′37″W / 54.9684°N 1.6935°W / 54.9684; -1.6935
OS grid referenceNZ196637
CrossesRiver Tyne
Preceded byBlaydon Bridge
Followed byScotswood Bridge
DesignBeam bridge, hog-back girders on cylinder piers
MaterialWrought iron
Pier constructionCast iron
Total length212.6 m (698 ft)
Width7.7 m (25 ft)
Longest span37.9 m (124 ft)
No. of spans6
Piers in water5
Rail characteristics
No. of tracks(Formerly) 2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Construction end1871
Construction cost£20,000
Closed4 October 1982 (1982-10-04)

Scotswood Railway Bridge is a pipeline bridge and former railway bridge crossing the River Tyne in North East England. It previously carried the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway between Scotswood and Blaydon stations.

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The first railway bridge across the River Tyne at this location was a timber bridge completed in 1839. This was destroyed by fire caused by hot ash from a passing train in 1860. A wooden replacement opened in 1861 which was then replaced by a temporary single-track bridge in 1865.

The fourth bridge on the site was opened in 1871[1] and cost £20,000 to build. It is a six-span wrought-iron hog-back bridge on five cast-iron cylinder piers. It was set at an angle to the river so that trains could approach the bridge at speed, as there was no sharp curve onto the bridge. It required strengthening in 1943.[1] It was taken out of use permanently on 4 October 1982,[2] when the trains on the Tyne Valley Line were re-routed across the King Edward VII Bridge and through Dunston.

The bridge is still used to carry water and gas mains over the river, but the railway tracks have been removed.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Scotswood Railway Bridge [9 photos] in NZ19676378 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland". 15 June 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1988). Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2: Northern operating area. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 133. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.

Next bridge upstream River Tyne Next bridge downstream
Blaydon Bridge
Scotswood Railway Bridge
Grid reference NZ196637
Scotswood Bridge
Next railway bridge upstream River Tyne Next railway bridge downstream
Wylam Railway Bridge
Formerly North Tyne loop, now National Cycle Route 72
Scotswood Railway Bridge
Grid reference NZ196637
King Edward VII Bridge
East Coast Main Line

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