Film ID: YFA 5618 Video of YFA_5618 Unloading Girders at Skelton Bridge UNLOADING GIRDERS AT SKELTON BRIDGE 1930s Visitor TabsDescription Part of the Fastline Collection, this film shows girders being unloaded at Skelton Bridge which sits on the line between York and Northallerton. Information that came with the film states that it concerns a third track being laid across the River Ouse in the 1930s. The girders arriving may have been used to as replacements. The film begins showing two cranes lowering a large steel beam into place next to the bridge onto the steel structure for extending the width of the bridge. A man stands on the edge of the bridge giving instructions as the next section is lowered. Yet another section is lowered, this one having “York, B4” painted on the end, and the next “B3” (presumably to indicate the end that is to point towards York.) Context A workman balances on the edge of a swing bridge, some 80 foot above the Ouse, instructing the placement of a 680 ton girder. Is this an extension or just running repairs? A puzzling film. The very sparse information that came with the film states that it concerns a third track being laid across the River Ouse, presumably the Skelton Viaduct (aka the Hook Bridge or Goole Railway Swing Bridge), in the 1930s. Yet it seems that this bridge has always had just the two lines going over it, so this may just be new girders arriving on the bridge to replace old ones. This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. The Skelton swing bridge dates back to 1868, and is still in operation. It has a history of accidents involving boats bumping into it, and this might explain the arrival of these steel girders.