The Severn Railway Bridge/Viaduct was a railway viadcut that crossed the River Severn in England. The bridge was built by the Severn Bridge Railway in the 1870s (1875) and was finished in 1879. The bridge was made from iron, had 22 spans with stone abutments at each end. The section of bridge crossing the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal had a swing bridge. The bridge had a length of 4,162 feet (1,269m) and a height of 70 feet (21m).
The bridge closed in 1960 when two barges collied, in heavy fog, with one of the columns and two spans of 22-span steel and cast iron collapsed into the river below. The structure collided with the barges and the fuel, oil and petroleum they carried caught fire. Five people were killed in the accident.
Demolition began in 1967 and finished in 1970.
What's left today:
Not much of the bridge remains, but one abutment and one remaing tower for the swing bridge still remains beside the canal. At low tide you can also still see the damaged barges. On the other side of the river where the train tracks are still active, you can still see one abutment.
By Drudii @ 2015-09-04 12:00:33