There have been two railway bridges across this part of the Thames. The first was designed by Joseph Cubitt for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway and opened opened in 1864. The second one was designed by John Wolfe-Barry and Henry Marc Brunel and opened in 1886, as more tracks were required.
The first bridge became too weak to take the weight of modern trains and was removed, thoughts its distinctive red pillars still stand in the water. Two of each set of old columns are clearly visible, whilst the third of each set was incorporated into the support for the expanded and modernised new bridge.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 12 January 2018
Posted as part of Thursday Special