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Severn Railway Bridge

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<googlemap lat="51.725699" lon="-2.474499"> 51.732716, -2.474928, Severn Railway Bridge </googlemap>

To Lydney: Severn Bridge Station
To Sharpness: Sharpness

History

Work began in 1875 with the foundation stone of the first pier laid on 4th June by the chairman of the Severn Bridge Railway, Mr Lucy.The work was completed in 1879.

The bridge was 4,162 foot (1,268 m) long, and 70 foot (21.3 m) above high water. The contractors for the construction of the metal portions of the bridge were Messrs. Hamilton's Windsor Iron Company of Liverpool, who also built Clevedon Pier. The contractors for the railway and masonry portion of the bridge were Messrs. Vickers and Cook, London.

On 25 October 1960, two barges, the Arkendale and the Wastdale, collided in heavy fog with one of the columns of the bridge, causing two spans to collapse. Part of the structure hit the barges, which were carrying petrol, setting fire to them. In addition, a 12 inch gas main which crossed the bridge from Sharpness to Lydney was also severed. Five people died in the incident. The bridge was deemed to be damaged beyond economic repair and was eventually dismantled in 1970, although several of the stone piers remain.

1960s

2004

External Links

Archive film of the demolition