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Kingston railway bridge
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Because of the local townsfolk's resistance to modern technology, Kingston made a late appearance on the railway map. In 1840 the new line to Southampton bypassed Kingston and went south to Surbiton, which benefited greatly at Kingston's expense. It was more than twenty years before Kingston finally, and reluctantly, gained its railway station. In 1860 an extension to Hampton Wick was approved and for this a railway bridge was built downstream of the road bridge. It was designed by John Edward Errington, who also designed the railway bridge at Richmond, but he died before construction could begin and W. R. Galbraith, his assistant, took over. The contractor was Thomas Brassey, who built a number of bridges for the London & Southwestern Railway. The bridge opened in July 1863. It consists of five cast-iron spans, which are carried by masonry piers. In 1907 J. W. Jacomb-Hood replaced the ironwork with similar spans made of steel.


Kingston railway bridge

Kingston Railway Bridge in about 1870 in a photograph by Henry Taunt.



The resulting bridge is functional rather than elegant, like many of London's other railway bridges, and is somewhat disfigured by the service pipes that now run across it. Today it carries South West Trains' services to Shepperton and Richmond.


Kingston railway bridge

Kingston Railway Bridge today. The look of the bridge has not been improved by the addition of heavy service pipes.





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