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Charing Cross (Hungerford) Rail Bridge
River Thames, Charing Cross, London
Charing Cross (Hungerford) Rail Bridge
associated engineer
Sir John Hawkshaw
date  1863 - 1864
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TQ304803
ICE reference number  HEW 197
photo  London Metropolitan Archives
A wrought iron lattice girder rail bridge built in place of I.K. Brunel's Hungerford Suspension Bridge of 1840, which was a footbridge. Brunel's bridge had proved unprofitable and the new one brought the trains into Charing Cross.
Consisting of nine spans, the new bridge uses two of Brunel's red brick piers that had been at the base of his suspension towers. Further piers were created by sinking cast iron cylinders into the river bed. These are lined with brickwork above river bed level and filled with concrete below.
The bridge's trusses are 49ft 9in apart. When built it carries four railway tracks but now carries six. A pedestrian footbridge was provided on the downstream side, now replaced by the Hungerford Footbridges, one downstream and one upstream.
Contractor: Cochrane & Co, Dudley
reference sources   CEH Lond

Charing Cross (Hungerford) Rail Bridge