Monday, 21 May 2012

the iron railway bridge at catterick bridge

 Looking towards the bridge from the Catterick Bridge area

 A closer view

 Looking back towards Catterick Bridge and Catterick Racecourse

Close by and the River Swale is visible

 Under the bridge (as The Red Hot Chili Peppers would have said)

The fencing and gate

The bridge - earlier today

When l was younger, l used to paint caravans at Catterick Caravans, which is situated between Catterick Bridge and the entry to the A1 North. As l was still outrageously fit in those (long gone) days, l used to run to work from Colburn. In fact not only did l used to run there in the morning, l also ran back to Colburn for lunch, back to work again afterwards, and then home after work (to play football in the evening). All these journeys involved running across the Iron Railway Bridge at Catterick Bridge, which was a pretty risky thing to do even all of those years ago, as the crossing consisted of rotten wood covering the steel girders, so you certainly had to watch where you were placing the clod hoppers, especially in the dark and wintery mornings.
As l was driving by it today, l had an urge to have a wander over and see how the old structure is doing. As you can see, it is still standing, but gated up due to the dangers - Health and Safety gone mad.
Ah, all that stuff seems soooooooooooooooooooooooooo long ago now, as though it was a different world (probably because it was).

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