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Old July 18th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #461
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge - open 6th June 2014

Couple of images through the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, 6th June 2014:




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Best river scape in the country by a mile.
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Work begins to attach huge Great North Run sign to the Tyne Bridge

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-great-7485535

Work begins to attach huge Great North Run sign to the Tyne Bridge
Jul 23, 2014 11:35 By Michael Brown


The Great North Run sign being erected on the Tyne Bridge

Workmen have started attaching a huge Great North Run sign to the Tyne Bridge, with excitement building ahead of the run.

With just 47 days to go before 56,000 runners pound the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields - and 44 until this year’s spectacular opening ceremony - the Tyneside landmark is once more set to play it’s part.

Commissioned by Nova, organisers of the run, the Bupa Great North Run sign – which was first put up last August – is made from aluminum and is powder-coated in blue. And at night it is lit up with white LED lights.

And as the half marathon becomes the first mass participation run to reach one million finishers the sign and bridge will no doubt play a major role in the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony on September 4.

Read more and see image gallery @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-great-7485535
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Old July 24th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #466
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Great North Run sign on Newcastle's Tyne Bridge nearly complete

An update on the erection of the BUPA sign on the Tyne Bridge from today's Chronicle Live. copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...astles-7502343

Great North Run sign on Newcastle's Tyne Bridge nearly complete
Jul 24, 2014 17:05 By Helen Rae



A giant sign to mark this year’s Bupa Great North Run is well under way to being completed on the Tyne Bridge.

Engineers have been working hard to put up the symbol on the historic bridge before thousands of runners descend on the region for this year’s half-marathon in September.

David Hart, communications director at organisers Nova, said: “The Great North Run sign on the Tyne Bridge is a spectacular sight and we can feel the excitement build as it takes shape. In just six weeks’ time we’ll be hosting a spectacular opening ceremony on the NewscastleGateshead Quayside to mark being the first running event in the world to welcome it’s millionth finish, and this huge, illuminated sign will overlook the party. Just as runners streaming over the Tyne Bridge with the Red Arrows flying overhead, the Great North Run sign on the Tyne Bridge is destined to become an iconic image for both the event and the region.”

It is expected that the sign will be completed by the end of tonight, and there will be a slight twist to mark the significance of this year’s event.

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Old July 25th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #467
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Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is now complete - with a little something extra

Not usually being someone who criticises the Chronicle but they have got it wrong with this report that the BUPA signage on the Tyne Bridge is complete - jumping the gun as it were!

As shown in this image the sign includes the word MILLION but the Chronicle seem to think that the inclusion of the M is the end to the story - afraid not.



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Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is now complete - with a little something extra
Jul 25, 2014 10:27 By Sarah Scott



With the final letters in place, the countdown to this year’s Bupa Great North Run is on.

The giant sign on Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge to mark the famous half marathon is now complete after engineers worked hard to put the symbol on the historic landmark.

But this year there is a little something extra to mark the significance of this year’s event which will see its millionth runner - a giant ‘M’.

Thousands of runners will cross the bridge within the first two miles of the race this September. The sign has become a popular sight in the run up to the event which sees participants travel from across the world to take part. The Great North Run, which first started in 1981, will welcome its millionth runner this year.

An opening ceremony is the curtain raiser to a weekend-long celebration of sport and participation in the North East, which includes the Bupa Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Bupa Great North 5k and the Great North CityGames. It culminates with Britain’s biggest running event, the Bupa Great North Run, which is 13.1 miles long and is attended by people of all abilities.

All past runners, whether able to attend the event or not, are also being encouraged to contribute memories and experiences of the world’s greatest half-marathon as part of the celebrations.
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Old July 25th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #468
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Haha this is amazing!

Did they think having just an 'M' would require such long horizontal support bars...?!

Maybe there'll be a story each day, cheerleader-style... 'GIMME AN...'
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Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is almost finished - with a little extra this year

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Not usually being someone who criticises the Chronicle but they have got it wrong with this report that the BUPA signage on the Tyne Bridge is complete - jumping the gun as it were!

As shown in this image the sign includes the word MILLION but the Chronicle seem to think that the inclusion of the M is the end to the story - afraid not.



This is the story from today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...n-tyne-7505617

Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is now complete - with a little something extra
Jul 25, 2014 10:27 By Sarah Scott



With the final letters in place, the countdown to this year’s Bupa Great North Run is on.

The giant sign on Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge to mark the famous half marathon is now complete after engineers worked hard to put the symbol on the historic landmark.

But this year there is a little something extra to mark the significance of this year’s event which will see its millionth runner - a giant ‘M’.

Thousands of runners will cross the bridge within the first two miles of the race this September. The sign has become a popular sight in the run up to the event which sees participants travel from across the world to take part. The Great North Run, which first started in 1981, will welcome its millionth runner this year.

An opening ceremony is the curtain raiser to a weekend-long celebration of sport and participation in the North East, which includes the Bupa Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Bupa Great North 5k and the Great North CityGames. It culminates with Britain’s biggest running event, the Bupa Great North Run, which is 13.1 miles long and is attended by people of all abilities.

All past runners, whether able to attend the event or not, are also being encouraged to contribute memories and experiences of the world’s greatest half-marathon as part of the celebrations.
Good to see the Chronicle Live have now amended their earlier story as :

Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is almost finished - with a little extra this year
Jul 25, 2014 13:05 By Sarah Scott

The sign will have the word million added by tomorrow morning to mark the millionth runner taking part
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Old July 28th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #470
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On This Day In History - 28th July 1849

This report from Thomas Fordyce for this day in history, 28th July 1849 about a very lucky chap!

Whilst a carpenter, named John Smith, of Newcastle, was at work on the High Level Bridge, he stepped upon a loose plank, which immediately canted over, and he was thrown headlong over the bridge. In his descent, however, the leg of his fustian trousers caught a large nail, which had been driven into the timber just above the level of the lower roadway 90 feet above the river, and what is very remarkable, he hung suspended until some of the workmen rescued him from his perilous situation.

Whilst John Smith was lucky in his High Level Bridge accident, he was to meet his death 29 years later when in 1878 he fell into the hold of a ship and died of his injuries.

This is perhaps on of the earliest photograph of the High Level Bridge - courtesy of the Newcastle City Libraries Archive Collection on Flickr.

046460:High Level and Old Tyne Bridges Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1865
Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A c.1865 photograph of the High Level and Old Tyne Bridges taken from Newcastle. Three schoolboys are sitting in a rowing boat in the foreground a fourth is standing beside the river. Taken from the Gateshead side of the river with Newcastle in the background and the Old Tyne Bridge downriver of the High Level Bridge.

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First Wednesday of the month; are we expecting the swing bridge to open tomorrow? I'll be heading down never seen it before.
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Scotswood Railway Bridge - Part 1

The disused Scotswood Railway Bridge has been discussed on the forum on a few occasions and I went to see it for myself yesterday, 5th August 2014.

Both ends of the bridge are gated off but looking at the structure I’m not sure I would want to venture onto it. The term bare bones spring to mind.

The bridge formerly carried the Newcastle to Carlisle rail route (North Eastern Railway), carrying the line between Scotswood and Blaydon stations. Of course the Newcastle Carlisle line now travels over the King Edward VIII Bridge and travels on the south side of the Tyne. The Scotswood Railway Bridge was used for goods trains up until the 1990’s and was then closed. The bridge was closed to passenger traffic, 4th October 1982.

The present bridge was erected in 1871 (strengthened in 1943) but there were rail crossings on that site built in 1839, 1861 and 1865. The original wooden built bridge from 1839 was destroyed by fire when ash from a passing engine set it on fire.

The present bridge’s measurements are, length 212.6m (698 feet) and 7.7m (25 feet) wide. It still carries utility pipes.

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Scotswood Railway Bridge - Part 2

The disused Scotswood Railway Bridge has been discussed on the forum on a few occasions and I went to see it for myself yesterday, 5th August 2014.

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Old August 16th, 2014, 07:55 PM   #474
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Alston Arches - Haltwhistle - Volume 1

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Its no longer used for its original purpose, its a viaduct and this and is what sits on top of the arches:
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Haltwhistle railway viaduct
Its official name is Alston Arches but it is very much located in Haltwhistle, so well done.

To explain some of the hints:

Another hint - this construction is named after another town to that where it is situated. Answer is that the former railway viaduct is called Alston Arches but is located in Haltwhistle.

No and there is no walk under it - few flying fish though!, Answer is the existence of a fish pass under the bridge will allows salmon and trout to pass.

Its no longer used for its original purpose, its a viaduct and this and is what sits on top of the arches. Answer is that it used to carry the Haltwhistle to Alston single railway line but is now a foot path.

Built in 1851 the viaduct closed to train traffic in 1976 and was renovated and opened up to the public in July 2006.

There is a story that the arches through the piers were meant to carry a foot bridge but that is untrue.

The viaduct does of course cross the South Tyne.

These images taken 24th July 2014:

Looking from the west


Looking south


Looking north


Looking east




Looking west






Looking east


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(Also copied into Crossings of the River Tyne - Current Bridges, those proposed & planned, those that never happened, etc )
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Alston Arches - Haltwhistle - Volume 2

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Another hint - this construction is named after another town to that where it is situated.
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No and there is no walk under it - few flying fish though!
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Its no longer used for its original purpose, its a viaduct and this and is what sits on top of the arches:
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Haltwhistle railway viaduct
Its official name is Alston Arches but it is very much located in Haltwhistle, so well done.

To explain some of the hints:

Another hint - this construction is named after another town to that where it is situated. Answer is that the former railway viaduct is called Alston Arches but is located in Haltwhistle.

No and there is no walk under it - few flying fish though!, Answer is the existence of a fish pass under the bridge will allows salmon and trout to pass.

Its no longer used for its original purpose, its a viaduct and this and is what sits on top of the arches. Answer is that it used to carry the Haltwhistle to Alston single railway line but is now a foot path.

Built in 1851 the viaduct closed to train traffic in 1976 and was renovated and opened up to the public in July 2006.

There is a story that the arches through the piers were meant to carry a foot bridge but that is untrue.

The viaduct does of course cross the South Tyne.

These images taken 24th July 2014:

Looking south through the arches






North east of the Viaduct




North west of the Viaduct






Fish pass


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(Also copied into Crossings of the River Tyne - Current Bridges, those proposed & planned, those that never happened, etc )
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Old August 16th, 2014, 08:24 PM   #476
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I was on the South Tynedale Railway, which forms part of the old Alston- Haltwhistle line, on Wednesday. Many times I have driven past the Alston Arches as well.
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