Reedham Swing Bridge

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Reedham Swing Bridge
Coordinates52°33′32″N 1°34′21″E / 52.55887°N 1.57237°E / 52.55887; 1.57237Coordinates: 52°33′32″N 1°34′21″E / 52.55887°N 1.57237°E / 52.55887; 1.57237
CrossesRiver Yare
LocaleReedham, Norfolk, England
Reedham Swing Bridge is located in Norfolk
Reedham Swing Bridge
Reedham Swing Bridge
Location in Norfolk
Reedham Swing Bridge is located in the United Kingdom
Reedham Swing Bridge
Reedham Swing Bridge
Reedham Swing Bridge (the United Kingdom)

Reedham Swing Bridge, on the site of a Victorian swing bridge, is still in use at Reedham, Norfolk, England.[1]

It carries the Wherry railway line, between Norwich and Lowestoft, across the River Yare near Reedham railway station.[1]

The original single track bridge was commissioned by Sir Samuel Morton Peto in the 1840s to allow the passage of wherry boats, which were too tall to pass under conventional bridges.[1] The current bridge dates from 1902–3 prior to the doubling of the track.[2][3]

The bridge is operated from the 1904 Reedham Swing Bridge signal box.[1] In a typical year, it is opened 1,300 times.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Great Yarmouth to Beccles". Great British Railway Journeys. Series 3. Episode 1. 2 January 2012. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  2. ^ White, Malcolm R. (2002). The Lowestoft Train: The Railway at Lowestoft and Scenes on the Lines to Norwich, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth. Lowestoft: Coastal Publications. ISBN 9780953248568.
  3. ^ The Lowestoft Train by Malcolm R White