Steam train pictured crossing the Thames at Richmond

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OnTheThames.net recently took a look at what was going over the Thames when a steam train crossed the river at Richmond. The Peppercorn class A1 Pacific Steam Locomotive Tornado was pulling the British Pullman train from London and out into the Surrey Hills. The steam train is pictured above crossing the Thames at Richmond Railway Bridge. From there the Tornado, Britain’s first new …

New footbridge joins the Thames Path at Deptford Creek

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A BRAND new footbridge was opened to the public yesterday, connecting the Thames Path at Millennium Quay and recently developed New Capital Quay, Greenwich. The bridge crosses at the mouth of Deptford Creek enabling better access on this part of the Thames Path, doing away with the need to take a detour up to Creek Road and across the existing …

Putney Bridge closed to traffic until October

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PUTNEY Bridge in South West London has closed to all motor traffic until October. The scheduled closure is so that Wandsworth Council can undertake a £1.5million repair programme on the bridge which was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1886. While the “vitally-needed repairs” take place to the Grade-II listed structure, pedestrians and cyclists can still cross …

Tower Bridge marks 120th anniversary of opening

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TOWER Bridge celebrates its 120th birthday today! The iconic river crossing was officially opened on this day in 1894 by the then Prince of Wales who went on to become King Edward VII. The task of designing the bridge was thrown open in a public competition and in 1884, a design by Sir Horace Jones was approved. To mark Tower …

London Bridge and HMS Belfast anniversaries

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TWO icons of the Upper Pool of London have had their birthdays in the past two days, with London Bridge having its 41st birthday and HMS Belfast turning 76. The present London Bridge was officially on March 16th in 1973. The modern bridge was built to replace John Rennie’s London Bridge that was opened in 1831 and was later sold …

Storm forces Dartford Bridge closure

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THE QE2 Bridge across the Thames at Dartford was closed today and won’t reopen until the early hours of Christmas Eve. The river crossing closed shortly after 12.30pm on Monday as rain and high winds battered large parts of Britain. Large queues built up on approach roads as the Dartford tunnels switched to two-way operation. The bridge, which opened in …