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Ireland's Most Interesting Bridges

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭ardmacha


    I seem to remember CIE holding up the M6 motorway near Galway, when they insisted that the motorway bridge over the single track had to be wide enough for any possible future double track from Dublin to Galway.

    it was pretty sad that a plan for the M6 was produced which did not provide clearance for twin tracks, there should have been no need for delay.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭Amtmann


    I've moved posts about oil etc. to a new thread.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 ✭✭✭Wild Bill


    Anyway...about bridges. THIS is, beyond any reasonable doubt, the most interesting bridge in Ireland.

    It carries a railway line over the N21 near Tralee.

    I could write a book in its praise; but I'll let the picture do the talking.

    IMG_4596-2.jpg


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,549 ✭✭✭✭Judgement Day


    Why is it so interesting? The nice shade of green? Lack of height clearance signs? :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭lottpaul


    Why is it so interesting? The nice shade of green? Lack of height clearance signs? :confused:

    I'm inclined to agree - never noticed the lack of height clearance signage before - but to be fair the picture doesn't do it justice

    and it's 100% better and safer than the narrow, dangerous, flood prone black spot that it replaced :)


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 ✭✭✭Wild Bill


    Why is it so interesting? The nice shade of green? Lack of height clearance signs? :confused:

    All of these things - and many more.

    Do you need height clearance signs under an 20ft clearance? :confused:


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 ✭✭✭Wild Bill


    Here is an interesting example of an interesting bridge; it needs height clearance signs oncoming only.

    Crazy stuff, the like of which you'd only find in Westmeath.

    IMG_4592-1.jpg

    ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,541 ✭✭✭AugustusMinimus


    lismorelarge3.jpg

    Foot bridge known as the "Towers" off of the R666 between Lismore and Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

    Legend has it that due to the cost of the bridge and the grand entrance, the person who built it couldn't afford the house it was leading to. In reality, Ballyasaggartmore House burned down about 50 years ago.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,549 ✭✭✭✭Judgement Day


    Foot bridge known as the "Towers" off of the R666 between Lismore and Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

    Legend has it that due to the cost of the bridge and the grand entrance, the person who built it couldn't afford the house it was leading to. In reality, Ballyasaggartmore House burned down about 50 years ago.

    Beat you to it see post http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=67553428&postcount=27 :D

    The legend is true and the house that burned down was not the grand house that was to have been built before the dosh ran out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭Rock of Gibraltar


    The Mizen Head footbridge is quite a sight;
    http://fr.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0000664

    It has been restored and was featured on the RTE news the other day.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,309 ✭✭✭dowlingm


    Wild Bill wrote: »
    Here is an interesting example of an interesting bridge; it needs height clearance signs oncoming only.
    I've passed under several bridges here in Ontario with lower height clearances on the outside lanes than the inside ones, due to slightly arched bridge decks/supports.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 ✭✭✭Wild Bill


    dowlingm wrote: »
    I've passed under several bridges here in Ontario with lower height clearances on the outside lanes than the inside ones, due to slightly arched bridge decks/supports.

    Must cause some abrupt last minute lane changes! :eek:


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,523 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Wild Bill wrote: »
    Must cause some abrupt last minute lane changes! :eek:

    Happens on the M50 through the N3 junction quite frequently, due to drivers of high vehicles panicking. Although I'm not sure its always unfounded, saw a hay bale truck which cleared every bridge from the M1 fine and had to dodge the arches for what seemed like good reason!


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,295 ✭✭✭✭the_syco


    The Mizen Head footbridge is quite a sight;
    http://fr.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0000664

    It has been restored and was featured on the RTE news the other day.
    http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mizen-head-lighthouse-bridge-to-be-repopened-515499.html
    The bridge linking Mizen Head lighthouse to the mainland is due to be officially reopened today.

    The bridge was closed in 2005 after it was deemed unsafe.

    The new bridge - which is almost 50 metres above the Atlantic - connects the mainland to Cloghane Island.

    It cost €1.8m and was funded by Fáilte Ireland, the Commissioners of Irish Lights and Cork County Council.

    The station and the bridge are popular tourist attractions with more than 60,000 people visiting the sites every year.

    Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar will officially reopen the bridge this afternoon.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,030 ✭✭✭✭Chuck Stone


    What a brilliant thread.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 320 ✭✭stevielenihan


    LISPOLE VIADUCT, CO.KERRY

    Okay, change of idea, most interesting bridges rather than most beautiful! I will kick off with this pic of Lispole Viaduct on the former Tralee & Dingle Railway. The viaduct is interesting for all sorts of reasons:

    *It was situated on a falling gradient the bottom of which was on the central span of the bridge.
    *The viaduct was in such poor condition by the 1930s that double-heading across it (two locomotives) was forbidden but in practice was frequently ignored. This was due to trains being pushed too fast down the 1:29 gradient in the westerly direction, and drivers heading for Tralee being afraid that if they stopped to detach a locomotive they would not be able to restart their train on the incline.
    *Scene of a serious goods train accident in 1907.
    *The fact that it refuses to die some 57 years after the last train passed over it.

    1975_lispole_viaduct_s0030763.jpg

    gradmain.jpg
    Gradient profile: www.chestermodelrailwayclub.com

    will the tralee to dingle railway ever reopen as a railway again/


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭lottpaul


    will the tralee to dingle railway ever reopen as a railway again/

    Sadly not. Most of the line was alongside the road which has now been widened. The bridges are still there but would need a total upgrade and the train itself was so slow that it often took 2 or 3 hours to get to Tralee. A bus/lorry can easily do it in an hour.
    There would have been a much better case for reopening the Valentia line but road widening etc makes that impossible now.
    Must try to get a pic of the railway bridge in Camp - still intact and very impressive.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,032 ✭✭✭DWCommuter


    lottpaul wrote: »
    Sadly not. Most of the line was alongside the road which has now been widened. The bridges are still there but would need a total upgrade and the train itself was so slow that it often took 2 or 3 hours to get to Tralee. A bus/lorry can easily do it in an hour.
    There would have been a much better case for reopening the Valentia line but road widening etc makes that impossible now.
    Must try to get a pic of the railway bridge in Camp - still intact and very impressive.

    This one?

    256259_0a3f3058.jpg

    Or this one?

    pict3746.jpg

    I think both have already been referenced in this thread.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 7,102 ✭✭✭Stinicker


    The bridge to Fenit Harbour in Kerry.

    The bridge used to carry railway traffic back in the day and it is Ireland's most westerly port and is still used to ship out manufactured Cranes from Liebhers in Killarney and was used to import some of the massive wind turbines erected through Kerry in recent years. Road transport is used nowadays however.

    On the bridge

    http://www.geolocation.ws/v/W/4cbf590b1d41c87f0600694d/fenit-harbour-bridge-this-is-the-trestle/en


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 320 ✭✭stevielenihan


    lottpaul wrote: »
    Sadly not. Most of the line was alongside the road which has now been widened. The bridges are still there but would need a total upgrade and the train itself was so slow that it often took 2 or 3 hours to get to Tralee. A bus/lorry can easily do it in an hour.
    There would have been a much better case for reopening the Valentia line but road widening etc makes that impossible now.
    Must try to get a pic of the railway bridge in Camp - still intact and very impressive.



    Is all of the tracebed of the tralee to dingle railway still there? Would it be possible to walk across one of the viaducts on the tralee to dingle railway?

    will the tralee to fenit railway line ever reopen as a railwya again?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,549 ✭✭✭✭Judgement Day


    How many more posts are you going to bring up again and ask the same question? Why not contribute to the thread instead? Sorry for back seat modding. :rolleyes:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 320 ✭✭stevielenihan


    How many more posts are you going to bring up again and ask the same question? Why not contribute to the thread instead? Sorry for back seat modding. :rolleyes:


    I just wan to know. i take it that the west cork railway line will never reopen either will it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭lottpaul


    I just wan to know. i take it that the west cork railway line will never reopen either will it?

    It's not very likely that any lines will reopen in the next 10 - 20 years. We just won't be able to afford it, but you never know what the future will hold.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 320 ✭✭stevielenihan


    lottpaul wrote: »
    It's not very likely that any lines will reopen in the next 10 - 20 years. We just won't be able to afford it, but you never know what the future will hold.

    we see what happens. the west cork railway would be handy and important if it reopened and so would the tralee to dingle railway line


  • Registered Users Posts: 701 ✭✭✭kilkenny31


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    Samuel Beckett Bridge
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    Loopline Bridge
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    hapenny bridge


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,309 ✭✭✭dowlingm


    will the [SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND] to [SOMEWHERE ELSE IN IRELAND] railway line ever reopen as a railwya (sic) again?
    No.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 320 ✭✭stevielenihan


    we see what happens. the west cork railway would be handy and important if it reopened and so would the tralee to dingle railway line

    I went throught lispole last tuesday and i saw the lispole viaduct. a pity trains dont cross it anymore


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,512 ✭✭✭strassenwo!f


    kilkenny31, those are some lovely pictures of Dublin bridges.

    (I think the Millenium Bridge also has its moments, when the lighting is right).

    You have to hand it to the designer and builders of the Ha'penny Bridge. Not taking away from what Mr Calatrava and others have done in recent years, but that one really just belongs to the river and, in my opinion, never fails to look simple and beautiful. A masterpiece.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭ardmacha


    You would think we would have had every bloody bridge here, but here are two more

    a newish one
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    and an older one
    010636_5f718c72.jpg


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,783 ✭✭✭✭flazio


    Where are they?


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