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None of the three links to picture sites worked today 22/7/04.

Are some of these bridges still in use in Europe today? The two pictures appear very recent.

Weight of the three parts?[edit]

I saw a pic in Bush's 2007 Supplemental Budget request of 7 men moving a panel and wondered how heavy they were. My hunch is 3-4 men could carry the weight if put up on their shoulders, but I can't find the weight so I was wondering if someone could post it. Solidpoint 11:12, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

I've only just seen your question, but in the 2013 version of this article, in para 1 of the 'Design' section it states: "Each individual part could be carried by a small number of men". Para 2 is a bit more specific; it says that each component '...can be lifted by six men'. As an ex- Royal Engineer, I can remember building (or was it stripping?) the odd Bailey bridge; panel parties then consisted of six men; transom parties were eight strong. One panel weighs about 570lbs.
Hope this is of some use.

I remember from my time in the Royal Australian Engineers (1964 to 1970) that the instruotor said that a Bailey Bridge panel could be carried "by 6 men or 8 Vietnamese"

RASAM (talk) 21:58, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Add template?[edit]

Isn't there a template for a bridge type we could add to this? Or is it not considered a "type" per se? - Denimadept 16:19, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

BAilry  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:22, 6 April 2008 (UTC) 


The following items were moved out of the article. It's unclear if they are supposed to be references, and there are no inline citations, and except for the first item, no page numbers either but they may be useful for somebody doing more research on this. -- Whpq (talk) 21:11, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

  • McLaughlin, Mike (May 2005). "The practical and portable British Bailey Bridge helped Allied troops remain on the march." Military Heritage Presents: WWII History, pp. 10-15, 76.
  • 'A Bridge to Victory' by Brian Harpur.
  • 'One More River to Cross' by J.H. Joiner.
  • Military Engineering,Bailey Bridge. Reprinted 1956

Additional resources: old Mabey manual (undated) with design loads, numerous photos, and component dimensions & weights: see (talk) 12:11, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Bailey Bridge in use over the Derwent River in Tasmania, following the Tasman Bridge disaster[edit]

In 1975 (?) following the collapse of the Tasman Bridge in Hobart Tasmania there was a Bailey Bridge built at Dowsing Point as a temporary crossing for the residents of the city, which was effectively divided in two. From memory it was at least partially a floating bridge. The bridge proved quite useful and remained in place for years after the Tasman Bridge was rebuilt, only removed when replaced by the Bowen Bridge in 1984. It might be worth mentioning in the article. It's hard to find much info about it, or any pictures of the bridge. I do remember crossing it, as does the writer of this article about the bridge with a photo of the remaining pontoons . There's also some very blurry footage of it in the background of this video about the construction of its successor.stib (talk) 12:59, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Railway use[edit]

Can Bailey bridges be used to carry railways, say across rivers?

It is noted that the width of the Bailey bridge carriageway of 12 feet is slighly wider than the width of most trains, namely 10 foot 6 inches. Weight of the train would be an issue too? Tabletop (talk) 01:27, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

On page 165 of JH Joiner's book, 'One More River to Cross', (see above), there is a picture of 'a railway viaduct...' in Italy; indeed, just below it, there is also a section called 'Bailey Railway Bridging' from which I quote: "A standard design was produced for a 60ft span Deck Bailey Railbridge, using two quadruple/single girders spaced at rail distance and 10 x 5in sleepers at 2 1/2 centres for the decking".
As far as your second query is concerned, In the 'Widened Bailey Bridges' section of the same book(pages 167 & 168), it states that the introduction of the American Pershing and British Centurion tanks (11ft 8ins and 11ft 1in widths respectively) was against the 'normal' width of the Bailey of 10ft 9ins. The 'Improvised Widened Bailey Bridge' (IWBB) increased the clearance between trusses from 12ft 4in to 13ft 9in which resulted in a roadway width of 12ft 6in. A 'Standard Widened Bailey Bridge' (SWBB) was introduced; roadway width remained at 12ft 6in, although clearance between trusses was increased to 14ft 3 1/2ins. Finally, 'Extra Widened Bailey Bridge' (EWBB), [the variant I knew when I was a member of the Royal Engineers], has a roadway width of 13ft 91/2 ins.
It's another example of how flexible the design is. RASAM (talk) 17:07, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Attempted addition to page[edit]

I added some information, picture and ref about a pair of Bailey Bridges in Alrewas Staffordshire. I saved the edit and was directed to a page pointing out that I wasn't logged in - I logged in an now I can't find the edits I made.....can anyone help?

Qbuster (talk) 04:39, 23 September 2014 (UTC)Will Chapman (qbuster)

Gone like electronic frost in sunshine, I'm afraid. What probably happened is that you were on the edit page for a while and your session key timed out. At that point, Wikipedia could saved the edit signed with your IP address but they probably give that error to prevent accidental disclosure. They should warn that your edits will be lost unless you back up, copy your edits, login and paste—or just let you save it and never mind the disclosure. *sigh* A pain, but I hope you repost. AndroidCat (talk) 15:11, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

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