An item about the newly constructed bridge over the River Tamar on the Cornwall/ Devon border.
Tamar Bridge, Plymouth, Cornwall/Devon.
Various shots of people and vehicles disembarking from the River Tamar car ferry. Panning shot of the Tamar Bridge under construction. High angle shot looking down on a train on the Royal Albert Railway Bridge, before 1961 the only bridge over the Tamar. Aerial shot of the car ferry crossing the river. M/S of bridge builders working on a floating platform. L/S of the platform, tilt up to the half constructed bridge above. Panning shot of a train crossing the old bridge, in the foreground men can be seen working high up on the girders of the half-built new bridge. Various shots of bridge builders at work. M/S of motor boat. L/S of the platform being lifted to form the next section of the bridge. High angle shot of two powerful winches used to lift the platform. C/U of the winch. Various shots of the new section being shifted into place - the workers shout and signal to each other, a boat can be seen passing through a gap as the new section is fixed to the bridge.
L/S of cars driving towards the toll gates, panning shot to the completed new bridge, an extension of the A 38. C/U of a coat of arms and the word, 'Plymouth' on one of the concrete girders of the bridge. Panning shot of the new bridge. C/U of the county sign for 'Cornwall'. L/S of traffic on the bridge, panning shot to a woman looking over the railings at the view. M/S of the toll gates. M/S of a cashier leaning out of a booth window as he takes money from a car driver. C/U of the cashier pressing a button inside the booth. M/S of the car crossing the bridge. M/S of a boy on a bike arriving at the toll gates. He places his toll - "a few pennies" - in a slot machine and rides away as the traffic lights change to green, another boy follows him and does the same. C/U of the second boy dropping change into the machine. M/S of the boy riding over the bridge. Point of view shot from the front of a car as it drives through the toll gates and over the bridge.
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