As can be seen from the photo dates earlier this month I took advantage of a visit to the engine room of Newcastle's famous Swing Bridge , although we did not get to see it open the action was very well explained, it uses only water power to open and close having two huge accumulators that store water ready to operate the gears. Everything is very heavily engineered and will easily go on for another hundred years or more .
The Bridge was erected in place of a fine classic Georgian stone bridge to allow ship access to Armstrong's works further up the Tyne
Later that day I visited the Victorian tunnels near Ouseburn , this was a tunnel that ran from Spittal Tongues pit right down to the quayside to carry coals to the waiting ships , during the war the tunnel was used as an airaid shelter with numerous entrances added along it's length at one point I asked how deep we where 55` , it's not open for all it's length as some has collapsed, blast walls where also added during the war as was lighting and it was used as a convenient walk way well lit fairly dry access to the City which was in a total blackout situation , they are well worth a visit and have plenty of history , like the cost of adding entrances which spirraled out of control due to the difficult conditions and the large cost of "light bulbs" having to be continually replaced not because they wore out but where removed , the explanation was courting couples where drawn to the fact that they could access the tunnels and not wanting to be seen the bulb was removed and once removed you could not see where to put it back so the bulb went off in some blokes pocket !!
One guy spent the whole war living down the tunnels having come through the first world war .his family taking food etc down to him . Somehow I cant imagine today's generation putting up with it no phone signal for one thing 1
It's well worth a visit takes a couple of hours but can be rather chilly and chilling !
On along the Quay To visit the Victorian Tunnels well worth a visit
The following are copies of a photo display showing the shelter from I think the 60's