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Severn Railway Bridge
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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.
The view of the remains of the Severn Railway Bridge as approached from the Sharpness end of the 16-mile Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.