Tower Bridge

ChelseaBlue

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

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Tower Bridge, London was completed in 1894 after eight years of construction, originally being the only crossing over the Thames. Constructed by five major contractors and the relentless labour of 432 workers, two massive piers had to be sunk into the river bed to support the construction, with over 11,000 tons of steel providing the framework for the Towers and Walkways. This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the Bridge a more pleasing appearance.
Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever built (“bascule” is French for “see-saw”). It was a hydraulically operated bridge, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines, with accumulators feeding the driving engines, powering the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum 86 degrees. Today, the bascules are still operated by hydraulic power, but since 1976 they have been driven by oil and electricity. The original pumping engines, accumulators and boilers are on show as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Shot taken with a Olympus Camedia D-545 Zoom point and shoot camera

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