Here is a view of the Royal Albert Bridge spanning the Tamar River between Saltash in Cornwall and Plymouth in Devon – designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, work was started in 1854 and opened by Prince Albert in 1859 – Brunel died later that year and his name was then placed above the portals at either end of the bridge as a memorial. This is just one small example of Brunel’s fine legacy.
Here we are on the Saltash side of the Tamar, looking roughly north towards the Royal Albert Bridge – the Tamar Bridge (road) is a more modern suspension bridge, immediately behind it. Having read the Wikipedia page now, I discover that it is possible to walk across this and therefore get pictures of the rail bridge without the road bridge – oh well! Next time…
I took several photographs – several from below the bridge, but I prefer this one taken from the very end of the platform at Saltash Station – this is part way up a very steep hill from the riverside some 50m below.
While down at the riverside, I did come across a glorious mural commemorating Brunel and his achievement of bridging the Tamar – prior to this bridge, the options were a ferry or a long journey inland to the next bridge, probably at Gunnislake.
Royal Albert Bridge – 40mm(XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS); email@example.com; ISO200 – handheld – post-processing in Lightroom, SilverFXPro – DSCF91701809107841-Edit
Brunel Mural – 26mm(XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS); firstname.lastname@example.org; ISO200 – handheld – post-processing in Lightroom – DSCF91661809107837
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