A Bridge Too Far

My commitment to the education of the great unwashed knows no bounds. Tonight’s subjects are architecture and geography.

Not a lot of people know that the relatively unknown Sydney Harbour Bridge is in fact a cheap replica of a much more famous structure in a much more interesting location:

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tyne Bridge

13 Responses to “A Bridge Too Far”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Same company was responsible for both if I remember correctly? And maybe the one at Runcorn too?

  2. A little Wikipediaing shows that both were based on New York’s earlier Hell Gate bridge.

    • telescoper Says:

      Not true. Geordies travelled backwards in time using the Large Hadron Collider to build that one.

  3. It’s on every bottle of Newcastle!

  4. Monica Grady Says:

    Have you run out of astronomer look-alikes, to be considering architectural similarities?

  5. telescoper Says:

    Building bridges of this design involves first constructing the arch. The deck carrying the road and/or railway follows only when the arch is complete.

    When construction work had just started on the Tyne Bridge, a local resident mistook the beginnings of the arch as being the intended shape of the actual bridge. He wrote an irate letter to the Council, complaining that he’d never get his van up a slope that steep.

  6. When I was very young, I wondered what the point of the arch was. Surely it is difficult enough to build a bridge which can carry its own weight as well as that of traffic, so this ornamental arch on top seemed to be a big folly to my youthful self.

  7. Am I mistaken or have you got the captions the wrong way round on these pictures?

  8. you should swap the description of the two images.
    The top one is the Tyne Bridge and the bottom one is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    you screwed up their description.

  9. well done you got the names wrong the tyne bridge is the top one and a smaller bridge was built at wylam that was a prototype before both and even though sydney harbour bridge was started before the tyne bridge was finished first

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