West Bridge 1965

Robert Stephenson design lifting bridge over Grand Union Canal, West Bridge, Leicester and Swannington Railway.

3-of-17) Railway lifting bridge over the Grand Union Canal leading to wharfs and the warehouse ahead, West Bridge, Leicester, 16/10/1965.  Built by the Leicester and Swannington Railway, it was based on a design by Robert Stephenson, and is here out of use and raised on wooden blocks.  Presumably it was normally raised and lowered manually, possibly by a hand crank.

The sign on the bridge reads “LMS    Wagons of greater capacity than 12 tons must not cross this bridge    By order”.
So movement of wagons would have been by using horses, and locomotives would never have crossed this bridge.

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