I might be wrong, but I think this is a photo of the Royal Albert Bridge crossing the Tamar. Great masterpiece of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Great shot from the train itself (taken c1950).
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This is indeed Brunel's iconic Royal Albert Bridge between Saltash and Plymouth. The train is an "Auto Train" in that the locomotive stays at one end or, as is the case with this one, in the middle of it's carriages. They had a mechanical linkage from the front of the train to the engine that enabled the driver, situated in the lead carriage to operate the regulator and the brakes that would otherwise have to be used on the engine. The fireman remained, of course, on the footplate. The locomotive on this train could be 0-6-0PT 6414 which regularly operated "Auto Trains" over the Royal Albert Bridge.
John Southall 22:25, 18-12-2007
yes you are right .I rememember going across the ferry before the road bridge was built My son also lives at Saltash.