SO2613 : Former Heads of the Valleys railway bridge, Govilon

taken 1 year ago, near to Govilon, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, Great Britain

Former Heads of the Valleys railway bridge, Govilon
Former Heads of the Valleys railway bridge, Govilon
The Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway obtained Royal assent on 1st August 1859. After financial difficulties could not be overcome, the London and North Western Railway initially took a 1,000 year lease and then purchased the line outright. The Heads of the Valleys line was heavily engineered and passed through hostile upland terrain on its way to Merthyr. The line was built to a high standard as this skew bridge that took the line over the canal at Govilon demonstrates. The railway closed to passengers on 4th January 1958, long before Dr Beeching, and one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Britain was denied to future generations. Much of the trackbed was taken over by the A465, The Heads of the Valleys road.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Primary Subject of Photo
Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2680 1371 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.0322N 3:3.8002W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2675 1371
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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