SO6703 : NB "Oak" and former Severn Railway Bridge parapet

taken 3 years ago, near to Sharpness, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

NB "Oak" and former Severn Railway Bridge parapet
NB "Oak" and former Severn Railway Bridge parapet
The stonework is the remaining approach viaduct of the Severn Railway Bridge, built in 1879 as part of the Severn & Wye Railway system in order to get coal out of the lucrative Forest of Dean coalfields. Its usefulness was abrubptly curtailed on the night of 25th October 1960, when two fuel tanker barges collided with it in thick fog, bringing down two spans. The death toll was five, all members of the barges' crews, but it could have been much higher as the bridge was undergoing strengthening at the time and the construction crew had decamped to Severn Bridge Station signal box to listen to the radio broadcast of the boxing match between Henry Cooper and Karl Muller, shortly before the accident.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Canals 
Place (from Tags)
Sharpness 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6782 0338 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:43.6923N 2:28.0393W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6782 0341
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Severn Railway Bridge  Narrowboat 

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