Schreiber-Bogen Card modeling Tower Bridge London 1: 300
To cut colored model and stick together!
Material: paper, cardboard
Number of sheets: 8.5
Scale: 1: 300
Additionally necessary: paper scissors, glue
Helpful tools: scalpel, bone folder, small clamps and needles for fixing
The manufacturer classifies his models in five levels of difficulty one:
"Children Model": very light and with childlike motifs
"0": beginners model
Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and connects central London with the Borough of Southwark. In its vicinity is the tower, the former notorious prison in London, which owes its name to the bridge is located.
Due to the economic upswing in the second half of the 19th century the port in the east of the city was always busy and the population growing. The traffic in this city could get to the other shore just across the London Bridge. Because she was completely overloaded, the way to the other side of the Thames could take several hours. Two newly built tunnel could not solve the problem. Finally, a new bridge was commissioned. She was popular during construction with tourists and sightseers. With its spectacular for its time construction it stood as an outstanding symbol of the technological progress of the 19th century. The completion took eight years. one on June 30, 1894 consecrated Queen Victoria Tower Bridge with a ceremony.
It consists of a clad with granite and Portland stone steel structure in the Victorian style. 33 m above the ground leads a pedestrian bridge between the two bridge towers to the other bank. The roadway is raised to the passage of larger vessels on both sides. The anchoring of the flap and some machines are installed in the bridge piers. Originally drove steam engines to the folding mechanism. They were housed in engine rooms under the south bridge driveway. Since 1976, the system is electrically powered. On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, the Tower Bridge got its current painting in red, blue and white. In the towers and on the pedestrian bridge, an exhibition showing the construction and history of the bridge. The former engine rooms can be visited.
Shortly after commissioning the bridge opened about 650 times a month. Today, another 500 times happens a year, and a drive-through must be logged 24 hours in advance. For passenger ships operating in the area of Bridge Tower today, the doors do not open. This is only required for large cruise ships, as the container port about 30 km downriver shifted. As a sign of honor, the bridge is opened for smaller vessels, such as for Churchill's funeral in 1965th
The pedestrian bridge was closed in 1910 due to lack of use. Despite the fantastic view, most people prefer waiting below to watch around with interest at the bridge opening. Two involuntary feats also belong to the history of the Tower Bridge. A pilot had to make an emergency landing in 1912 and could not get the bridge over flying. Without further ado, he steered his biplane between the roadway and the pedestrian bridge. This spectacular action have since imitated several stunt pilot. Due to a misunderstanding, opened in 1952, the bascule bridges, although still a bus was on the road. The driver had no choice but to jump as with the fully occupied vehicle from one stone to another. As a consequence, new security and monitoring systems have been installed.