Severn Railway Bridge

Severn Railway Bridge

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The Severn Railway Bridge was a crossing across the River Severn between Sharpness and Lydney, Gloucestershire. It was badly damaged in an accident involving river barges in 1960 and demolished in 1970.

Construction

It was built by the Severn Bridge Railway company in the 1870s to transport coal from the Forest of Dean on the Severn and Wye Railway. Work began in 1875 and was completed in 1879. The cast iron bridge, which was long and above high water, had 22 spans and had stone abutment made from local limestone. The span across the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal operated as a swing bridge.

History

<!-- Deleted image removed: -->The bridge was single-track, and it took approximately off the journey through Gloucester. The bridge predated the construction of the Severn Tunnel, a dozen miles or so downstream, by seven years.It was known by locals as 'The White Elephant'.

Until the Severn Road Bridge was opened in 1966, the Severn Railway Bridge was often referred to as the Severn Bridge. There was a small station known as Severn Bridge station on the Lydney side, adjacent to the main line from Gloucester to Chepstow which the railway from the bridge crossed.

The bridge was used as a diversionary route for the Severn Tunnel when this was closed for engineering work. The east-to-north curves at Westerleigh Junction used for this route were closed when the bridge was abandoned....
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