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Title:THE 5TH RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE GROUP RE REPLACE A DEMOLISHED BRIDGE OVER THE ORNE AT CAEN (PART 5) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-8
Summary: With the 75 foot-long unit construction railway bridge in position, 926th Bridging Company RE completes its task by laying a new railway track over the Orne.
Description: Sappers hammer rivets to secure rail sections to the sleepers laid along the bridge; in the background overhead gantries have been erected on the central pier and on the abutments on both banks of the river prior to the launching of another unit construction railway bridge. An oxy-acetylene torch is used to cut through a section of rail. Gravel and loose earth are packed between the sleepers on the approaches leading to the bridge. A sapper saws off the rugged ends of sleepers extending beyond the width of the bridge.
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: transport, - rail (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 96-1, 104-2, 105-8, 111-1, 113-8, 120-10, 11 and 12 for footage showing the reconstruction of the Orne railway bridge in its entirety and refer to A70 56-2, 70-2, 3, 94-1, 99-2, 102-1, 2, 120-17, 18, 122-6 for material showing railway repair work in Bayeux, Caen and elsewhere. The second unit construction bridge seen here ready for launching was opened to railway traffic on August 26th 1944.
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.