- Great Western Railway Usk bridge
bridge_name = Great Western Railway Usk bridge
First Great WesternHigh Speed Train crossing the River Usk.
carries = Railway
width = Quadruple standard-gauge (4 foot 8½ inch) trackThe Great Western Railway Usk bridge [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/39611] is a crossing of the
River Uskin Newport city centre. It carries the Great Western Main Lineacross the river in an east—west direction.
Original Wooden Bridge of 1848
The original wooden structure was constructed by the
South Wales Railwayin 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.
To prevent a recurrence of the fire, the renowned railway engineer
Isambard Kingdom Brunelinvented 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.
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