The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 41 (1963) > Issues > Issue 2 > An investigation into the cause of damage to the Severn Railway Bridge
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An investigation into the cause of damage to the Severn Railway Bridge

One pier and two spans of the bridge were demolished when two barges collided with it in October 1960. An investigation was instituted, for insurance purposes, to determine the degree to which the damage could be attributed, in whole or in part, to one or more of the possible causal factors, which were collision, explosion or fire. This investigation necessitated an above- and below-water survey and examination of the remaining and demolished structures. Peter Mason

Author(s): Mason, Peter

Keywords: damage;severn railway bridge;appraising;impact loads;ships;cast iron;bowstring arches;failures