Richmond Railway Bridge


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Richmond Railway Bridge

Originally known as "the Richmond, Windsor and Staines Railway Bridge".
Occasionally gets called 'Twickenham Railway Bridge' from its proximity to the much younger Twickenham Bridge.
1846: A cast iron rail bridge designed by Joseph Locke carried a new line to connect Richmond with Waterloo via Clapham Junction. 300 feet long. Three 100-foot steel girders are supported on stone-faced land arches and two stone-faced river-piers.
1853: –

Richmond Railway Bridge, 1853
Richmond Railway Bridge, 1853

1891: A similar bridge near Norbury junction collapsed causing concern over this bridge.
1907: The original cast iron girders were replaced by steel using the original piers. It is now split in two with each separate bridge carrying one line.

1923: Ward Lock, The Thames -

A short distance above [Richmond] is the Railway Bridge (L. & S.W.R.), with a ferry across the water to the grassy Richmond Recreation Ground on the Surrey side.
Above this bridge the towpath is enclosed for promenade purposes. Cycles are forbidden, and fat dogs loll on sunny days in positions of distressful ease.
The houses of Richmond nearly touch the river, and the White Hart Hotel is at the water side. Behind the hotel is a genuine bit of old Richmond, a row of red-tiled cottages placed end on to the river and affording a vista of curious signs with "Teas", "Jolly Anglers" and other more or less refreshing indications.
Next is the Castle Hotel, and the stairway and piazza leading up to the town of Richmond ...
Probably no section of the Thames has been more frequently painted, sketched and photographed than that at Richmond.
Generations of builders have worked their way nearer and nearer to the water's edge, but a wise town council has in recent years made it their especial care that the river beauties shall not be spoiled.
Formerly the swift current and under-swirl made boating here a pleasure only to the skilled in watermanship. The useful lock, although only a half-tide one, has altered that and conferred a tremendous boon on the town and users of the river.

1947: Francis Frith -

Richmond Railway Bridge, 1947, Frith
Richmond Railway Bridge, 1947, Francis Frith

1984: Main bridge girders and decking replaced.

Richmond Railway Bridge © 1999 Doug Myers
Twickenham Railway Bridge © 1999 Doug Myers

Richmond Railway Bridge PLA
Richmond Railway Bridge going upstream