1979

SJ3965 : Railway Bridge over the River Dee

taken 45 years ago, near to Chester, Cheshire West And Chester, England

Railway Bridge over the River Dee
Railway Bridge over the River Dee
A class 40 brings a short passenger train out of Chester on route for the North Wales coast. The Roodee Racecourse is visible on the right. The Gas Holders on the left have since been replaced the new Chester Racecourse stables along with apartments, (info supplied by John S Turner). The tracks the train is using have been lifted. Beyond is the City of Chester skyline. Compare this 1979 view with the current one by John S Turner - SJ3965 : Railway Bridge over the River Dee 2008.

The Bridge over the Dee was the scene of an early railway bridge failure in 1847 when one of the girders collapsed as a train was crossing. Fortunately casualties were light, only 5 people died and 16 were injured. The Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson, was condemned by the Inspector-General as having girders that were too weak, with unsound construction principles employed.

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Category: Railway bridge
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SJ3965, 128 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Martin Addison   (more nearby)
Date Taken
August 1979   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 26 November, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 396 658 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.1999N 2:54.2673W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 396 658
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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