ST5394 : Road and railway cross the Wye at Chepstow

taken 10 years ago, near to Tutshill, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Road and railway cross the Wye at Chepstow
Road and railway cross the Wye at Chepstow
On the left the A48 to Gloucester, on the right, the railway bridge which in 1962 replaced Brunel's remarkable tubular suspension bridge. See it from above at ST5394 : Road and rail in parallel
In 1852, Brunel, engineer to the South Wales Railway, bridged the River Wye. The swift-flowing Wye has a tidal range of 40 ft, the second highest in the world and Brunel needed 300 ft clear width for shipping and 50 ft headroom at high tide. Brunel decided on a separate bridge for each track. What he came up with was not an elegant design but embodied engineering of the highest order.
The site is remarkable for the contrast between the two sides of the river. On the east side, a 120 ft high limestone cliff, and on the west, low-lying alluvial material.
The heaviest part of each bridge was a 300 ft long tube, which weighed 161 tons and spanned the entire navigation channel. The first of the two bridges was completed in three months between April and July 1852. The second bridge was completed the following year. The bridge soon became a tourist attraction.
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 539 940 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.6119N 2:40.0225W
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