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Over twenty years since Berkshire railway bridge collapsed due to flood damage.

The following is a series of photographs (taken by me) that record conditions before and after the railway bridge collapse at Wraysbury, Berkshire in May 1988.

The bridge footings were washed away by uncontrolled water flow due to failure to appreciate the need for proper drainage and clear watercourses during a gravel extraction operation.

Fortunately nobody was hurt, but the train ended up de-railed in Wraysbury Station at midnight, and the authorities and insurance companies were left with a big problem.

The end of the passenger platform collapsed and two sets of railway lines were left hanging in space over a water-filled hole.

The fifteen images are about 650kB each, and accompanied by a brief description.

Click here for incident details as published in the 1988 Annual Report on Railway Safety

Click here for 15 thumbnail pictures

Click here for the first picture

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