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Tipton Lift Bridge
Black Country Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
associated engineer
date  1922
UK era  Modern  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SO948917
ICE reference number  HEW 1225
An unusual vetical lift bridge that once carried the road across an arm of the Proof House Basin of the Birmingham Canal. It has been re-sited to the Black Country Museum, where now it crosses a section of the museum's own canal system.
The bridge is made of steel. Its roadway is 12ft wide and its deck length is 27ft 6in. It was commissioned by the Great Western Railway.
The lift mechanism consists of four large chains attached one to each end of the two side plate girders that flank the roadway. The chains run up over pulley wheels mounted atop the steel columns and connect to 6 ton counterbalances, one each end.
A hand winch connected by a complex series of shafts and gears drives the mechanism.
The Proof House Basin was closed in 1954 and the bridge was damaged at that time, rendering it inoperable.
Steelwork: Armstrong Whitworth & Company
reference sources   CEH W&W

Tipton Lift Bridge