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Severn Railway Bridge

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1872 Parliamentary agreement to construct the bridge

1875 Construction began

See The Engineer 1877/01/05 pages 11 and 12 for details of its construction.

The engineers were George Wells Owen and George William Keeling.

The castings and ironwork were produced by Hamilton's Windsor Ironworks Co. who also erected the bridge

1879 Tests conducted to confirm the strength of the girders before opening.[1]

The bridge was put out of action when stuck by two ships which had collided in fog on the night of 25th October, 1960. The bridge was subsequently demolished.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1879/10/24
  2. The Rise and Fall of the Severn Bridge Railway 1872 - 1970 by Ron Huxley, published by Alan Sutton and the Gloucestershire County Library, 1984