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Title:THE 5TH RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE GROUP RE REPLACE A DEMOLISHED BRIDGE OVER THE ORNE AT CAEN (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-13
Summary: To date, the 926th Bridging Company RE has cleared away the remains of the old Caen-Cherbourg railway over the Orne and has completed preparations for the launching of the replacement 170-ton unit construction railway bridge.
Description: Overhead gantries have been erected on both of the old bridge's stone abutments and on its central pier from which the new assembly will later be lowered into position level with the railway line. Sappers operate a winch to haul the unit construction bridge over the Orne to the south bank; a series of rollers equal in width to the railway gauge on which the Meccano- like construction rests enables it to be dragged across the 70- foot gap with comparative ease.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
transport, - rail (object name)
Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 96-1, 104-2, 105-8, 111-8, 119-8, 120-10, 11 and 12 for footage showing the reconstruction of the Orne railway bridge in its entirety, 94-1, 99-2, 120-17, 18, 122-6 for material showing railway repair work in Caen and A70 56-2, 70-2, 102-1 and 2 for material showing work on the railways elsewhere in Normandy.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Documentation/associated material: For a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 56-2 and 70-2.