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Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view from the St Budeaux side of the Tamar river of the Royal Albert Bridge and Saltash with a steam train heading towards Plymouth. Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert opened the single broad gauge track bridge over the River Tamar, thus linking Cornwall with the Great Western system, on the 2nd May 1859. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's bridge consists of two 450ft arched tubular spans which meet in mid river on four cast iron columns secured to a central underwater pier. The spans were high enough to give the Royal Navy's tall ships clear heading.
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