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Tower Bridge

North Approach to Tower Bridge

London’s Tower Bridge ⇒  was built and ready for use by 1894.  The centre section still opens to allow tall vessels to pass.  The bridge lift schedule ⇒.

A little history:-

1912 – during an emergency, Frank McClean had to fly between the bascules (lifting sections) and the high-level walkways in his Short biplane, to avoid an accident.

1952 – a London bus driven by Albert Gunter had to leap from one bascule to the other when the bridge began to rise with the number 78 bus still on it.  – Harry Potter would have been proud.

The bridge is next to The Tower of London ⇐ and both are very close to Tower Hill Underground rail station.

Entrance to the bridge interior is from the either the north or south tower.  Entrance from the north tower is easier because it means that one goes down the only section of  stairs.  I do prefer stairs that go downward. 🙂

Do keep your ticket for later entrance to the old engine rooms.

At the base of the north tower there is a lift which leads to a small exhibition/film area.

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Then to the two walkways.  Each walkway has a section of glass floor..

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One small step for man.

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One giant leap ~ these boots need a clean. 

Younger feet seemed to have less apprehension doing this.  Perhaps because when I was young glass was more fragile.

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View to the East and Canary Wharf

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View to the West including HMS Belfast ⇒

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At the top of the South Tower and then down the stairs to the next lift.

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Then out of the South Tower.

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. . and follow the blue line on the pavement to the old engine rooms.

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Coal fired steam was used to drive an hydraulic pressure pump.

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Accumulators

Pressure in the system was accumulated under weights.

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These are the engines which pumped water under the accumulators.

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When there was sufficient accumulated water pressure it was used to power the bascules (central raising section) drive engines.  Since 1974 an electrical driven hydraulic system has been used.  Tours ⇒ of the less accessible interior are available.

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Now on the South Bank there is access to HMS Belfast, a number of eateries and the extensive South Bank attractions ⇐ .

7 responses

  1. I love old machines. The one above the caption ‘coal fired steam…’ has a face…

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    September 28, 2016 at 20:46

    • They certainly did wonders without computer aided design or even an electronic calculator. 🙂

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      September 29, 2016 at 00:18

  2. A landmark that we will NEVER miss when we visit London.

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    September 29, 2016 at 07:12

  3. Great shots! It’s been years since I last visited and went inside.

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    October 4, 2016 at 04:32

    • I’ve lived in London for years and didn’t know it was possible to go inside. There are still a few surprises. 🙂

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      October 4, 2016 at 15:37

  4. Wow, that is amazing. Thanks for the share. Hugs, Barbara

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    October 25, 2016 at 04:31

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