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West Wylam Railway Bridge
River Tyne, West Wylam, Northumberland, UK
associated engineer
William George Laws
Hubert Laws
date  1874 - 6th October 1876
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NZ110643
ICE reference number  HEW 19
A single arch wrought iron railway bridge built over the River Tyne as part of the Scotswood, Newburn & Wylam Railway. It is also known locally as the Points Bridge and the Hagg Bank Bridge.
The bridge carried a double rail track on a suspended deck, and is built into stone abutments at either end. It has three lattice ribs spanning 73.2m across the river. The ribs are 2.1m deep at the crown and 3m deep at the springings.
The bridge cost 16,000 to build. The brothers who designed it chose a single span to avoid constructing bridge piers on the river bed, which has mine workings beneath.
The railway closed on 11th March 1968 and the rails were removed in 1972. The bridge is now a feature of the local country park and is used by pedestrians and cyclists as part of a route between Newburn and Ovingham.
The bridge is Grade II* listed. It was repainted in its original colours in 1997.
Ironwork: Hawks Crawshay & Sons
Masonry abutments: W.E. Jackson & Co.
Research: ECPK
reference sources   CEH North

West Wylam Railway Bridge