Old Severn Railway Bridge


Old Severn Railway Bridge, originally uploaded by Ben909.

It’s not in the Forest of Dean, but it has/had links to the Forest once…
The Severn Railway Bridge was built in the 1870s to allow coal from the Forest of Dean to be brought across the river to Sharpness both for export cargo and to provide fuel for steamers. It had 21 spans supported on piers across the river and a swingbridge across the canal. The circular tower base of the swingbridge remains. Some of the span bases can be seen nearby in the river. The bridge was damaged in the early 1960’s and demolished a few years later.

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