Kingston Railway Bridge

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Kingston Railway Bridge
Kingston Railway Bridge.JPG
South West Trains service crossing Kingston Railway Bridge
Carries Kingston-Richmond loop line
Crosses River Thames
Locale Kingston upon Thames
Designer J W Jacomb Hood
Material Steel
Height 22 feet 4 inches (6.81 m)[1]
Longest span 22 feet 11 inches (6.99 m)
Number of spans 5
Piers in water 2
Opened 1863
Coordinates 51°24′48.66″N 0°18′30.49″W / 51.4135167°N 0.3084694°W / 51.4135167; -0.3084694

Kingston Railway Bridge crosses the River Thames near Kingston upon Thames, England carrying the South West Trains looping branch line from London Waterloo to Shepperton and Richmond. Constructed in 1907, with five steel arches, it was designed by J W Jacomb Hood[2] and replaced an earlier bridge of cast-iron steel by J E Errington,[2] first discussed in 1860 and completed in 1863.[3] The bridge links Kingston and Hampton Wick stations, and crosses the Thames on the reach above Teddington Lock. There are arches on both sides over dry land and that on the Kingston side has a road running though it.

Kingston power stations were located close to the bridge on the Kingston side. The first Kingston power station, Kingston A, was situated in Down Hall Road. It opened in November 1893 and did not close until August 1959. Kingston B was officially opened nearby on 27 October 1948 by King George VI with Queen Elizabeth and ceased generation in autumn 1980. Being close to the Thames, coal came up river by barge, and ash was sent away the same way.[4] The barge dock was constructed at Kingston Railway Bridge close to the present the upstream entrance to Canbury Gardens. A landscaping scheme has been developed to open up this section of riverside that has been closed to the public.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames.
  2. ^ a b Malcolm Tucker (1983). "Thames Crossings" in Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 716. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  3. ^ Fred S Hacker (1920; republished 1968). The Thames Highway: Volume II - Locks and Weirs. David & Charles.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
  5. ^ Thames Landscape Strategy
The railway bridge, with Kingston Bridge behind it, from downstream
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Kingston Bridge (road) Kingston Railway Bridge Teddington Lock Footbridge (pedestrian)

Coordinates: 51°24′48.6″N 0°18′30.4″W / 51.413500°N 0.308444°W / 51.413500; -0.308444