Bourne End Railway Bridge

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Bourne End Railway Bridge
Bourne End Railway and Foot Bridge.JPG
Bourne End Railway Bridge showing cantilevered footbridge
Coordinates 51°34′30″N 0°42′51″W / 51.575°N 0.7142°W / 51.575; -0.7142Coordinates: 51°34′30″N 0°42′51″W / 51.575°N 0.7142°W / 51.575; -0.7142
CarriesMarlow Branch Line
Thames Path
CrossesRiver Thames
LocaleBourne End, Buckinghamshire
DesignBox girder and cantilever
Height15 feet 6 inches (4.72 m)[1]

Bourne End Railway Bridge is a railway bridge carrying the Marlow Branch Line, and a footpath over the River Thames in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England. It crosses the Thames on the reach between Cookham Lock and Marlow Lock.

The bridge was originally constructed in wood by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the Wycombe Railway, opened in 1854 and operated in broad gauge until 1870.[2] The narrow spans were unpopular with river traffic and the bridge was reconstructed in steel in 1895. A footbridge, cantilevered out from the railway bridge was added in 1992, to take the Thames Path across the river;[3] this substitutes for the historical towpath crossing point at Spade Oak ferry, about 1km upstream of the bridge.[4]

In 2013, the bridge was restored and repainted in green, and a large number of rivets which had rusted away were replaced. The restoration took nearly a year to complete, being finished in December.[5] There was a plan to electrify the line, [6] but due to cost overruns during electrifying the GWR main line, this has apparently been postponed indefinitely.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ B.B. Wheals (1983). Theirs were but human hearts. H.S. Publishing, Bucks. p. 113.
  3. ^ Cove-Smith, Chris (2006). The River Thames Book. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 0-85288-892-9.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Bourne End railway bridge work 'finished by winter'". Maidenhead Advertiser. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Electrification for Bourne End and Marlow rail". Bucks Free Press. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

Coordinates: 51°34′30″N 0°42′51″W / 51.57500°N 0.71417°W / 51.57500; -0.71417

Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Marlow By-pass Bridge (road) Bourne End Railway Bridge Cookham Bridge (road)
Next crossing upstream Thames Path Next crossing downstream
northern bank
Temple Footbridge
Bourne End Railway Bridge southern bank
Maidenhead Bridge