Great Western Railway Usk bridge


Great Western Railway Usk bridge

Infobox Bridge



bridge_name = Great Western Railway Usk bridge
caption = First Great Western High Speed Train crossing the River Usk.
locale = Newport
carries = Railway
crosses = River Usk
maint = Network Rail
width = Quadruple standard-gauge (4 foot 8½ inch) track
The Great Western Railway Usk bridge [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/39611] is a crossing of the River Usk in Newport city centre. It carries the Great Western Main Line across the river in an east—west direction.

Original Wooden Bridge of 1848

The original wooden structure was constructed by the South Wales Railway in 1848, but just as the final arch was being put into place on May 31, a heated bolt ignited chemicals used to preserve the wood and a catastophic fire destroyed most of the structure.

Brunel's Girders

To prevent a recurrence of the fire, the renowned railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel invented the now-common bow-string -shaped girders to replace the wood sections.

1888 Stone Bridge

In 1888 the bridge was replaced with one made of stone, and by 1911 it had been widened to four lines.

External links

*gbmapping|ST312885


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Newport Transporter Bridge — Coordinates: 51°34′14″N 2°59′9″W / 51.57056°N 2.98583°W / 51.57056; 2.98583 …   Wikipedia

  • City Bridge — as seen from George Street Bridge. Official name City Bridge Carries Motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians …   Wikipedia

  • Newport Bridge, Newport — Newport Bridge Official name Newport Bridge Carries Motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians Crosses River Usk Locale Newport Maintained by …   Wikipedia

  • List of railway bridges and viaducts in the United Kingdom — This is a list of viaducts and significant bridges of the United Kingdom s railways, past and present.A* Angarrack Viaduct, near Hayle, Cornwall * Albert Edward Bridge, at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire * Appleford Railway Bridge, River Thames,… …   Wikipedia

  • Wye Valley Railway — The disused viaduct outside Monmouth, used by the WVR and Coleford Railway but first opened for the CMU PR in 1861, is a prominent feature of the local landscape. Locale Glouces …   Wikipedia

  • Monmouth Troy railway station — Monmouth Troy Monmouth Troy has been rebuilt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, it is now called Winchcombe railway station. Location …   Wikipedia

  • Newnham railway station — Newnham Location Place Newnham on Severn Area Forest of Dean Grid reference …   Wikipedia

  • Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway — [v · d · …   Wikipedia

  • Chepstow East railway station — Chepstow East Location Place Tutshill, nr Chepstow Area Forest of Dean Grid reference …   Wikipedia

  • Newport railway station — For other uses, see Newport station (disambiguation). Coordinates: 51°35′23″N 2°59′56″W / 51.5896°N 2.9990°W / 51.5896; 2.9990 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.