Albert Edward Bridge

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Albert Edward Bridge
The Albert Edward Bridge
Coordinates52°37′51″N 2°30′11″W / 52.6309°N 2.5030°W / 52.6309; -2.5030Coordinates: 52°37′51″N 2°30′11″W / 52.6309°N 2.5030°W / 52.6309; -2.5030
CarriesWenlock, Craven Arms and Lightmoor Extension Railway
CrossesRiver Severn
LocaleCoalbrookdale
Named forEdward VII
Heritage statusGrade II listed building
Characteristics
Designarch bridge
MaterialCast iron
Longest span200 feet (61 m)
No. of spans1
Rail characteristics
No. of tracks2
Track gauge4 ft 8.5 in (1,435 mm)
History
DesignerJohn Fowler
Opened1 November 1864
Location

The Albert Edward Bridge is a railway bridge spanning the River Severn at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, England.

History[edit]

Opened on 1 November 1864 and named after the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), its design is almost identical to Victoria Bridge which carries the Severn Valley Railway over the Severn between Upper Arley and Bewdley in Worcestershire. Designed by John Fowler, its 200 feet (61 m) span cast iron arch has four ribs, each of nine parts bolted together. The patterns for the radiused beam castings for the bridge were prepared by Thomas Parker at the Coalbrookdale Iron Company. Originally it was built to carry the Wenlock, Craven Arms and Lightmoor Extension Railway of the Wellington and Severn Junction Railway across the river. Until the closure of Ironbridge power station it carried coal traffic as part of the line between Lightmoor Junction and Ironbridge Power Station.

The bridge's timber and wrought iron deck was replaced by a structural steel deck in 1933. It may be one of the last large cast iron railway bridges to have been built.[1] Due to its age and the condition of the ironwork, traffic over the bridge is restricted to a 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h) speed limit to minimise stress. Although it carries two tracks only the one on the downstream side is still in use.

The bridge is a Grade II Listed Building, one half by Shropshire Council, the other by Telford and Wrekin District Council as the boundary is mid-span.[2]

Telford Steam Railway have aspirations to run trains over the bridge using the presently unused track as part of their southern extension to Buildwas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cragg, p.240
  2. ^ Historic England. "Albert Edward Bridge (1055277)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 May 2019.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cragg, R., Civil Engineering Heritage - Wales & West Central England, Thomas Telford Publishing, 2nd edn., 1997, ISBN 0-7277-2576-9

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