Cotswold Canals in Pictures

Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse

This is eastern extent of the 'Cotswold Canal Connected' or Phase 1b restoration section.

The original railway bridge was first in use when the broad-gauge railway between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester opened in 1844. The bridge was a steel 'plate-girder' construction with a span of about 9.1m (30ft) and was supported on brick abutments.

In 1968 the bridge was removed and replaced with a section of embankment.  This encompassed a small culvert for canal water and a pedestrian foot tunnel.

The bridge was removed because British Rail (forerunner to Network Rail) decided it would be expensive to repair, and that its removal provided a better value option.

New Bridge

A new bridge was constructed between Chistmass and New Year in 2021.

Re-instating the canal channel and towpath will not be completed though until March 2022.

For pictures of the bridge re-build - see here.

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Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
View of new Ocean Railway Bridge - work ongoing.
[Date: 09/01/2022]

Preparations for new bridge

Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Elevation cross-cection of new Ocean Railway Bridge at Stonehouse.
[Date: 03/12/2020]
Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean Bridge work compound where concrete bridge components were cast.
[Date: 23/01/2021. Ken Bailey]
Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean Bridge work compound and bridge site.
[Date: 23/01/2021. Ken Bailey]
Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
New Ocean Bridge concrete components awaiting assembly.
[Date: 31/05/2021. Ken Bailey]

Before Restoration

Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean bridge site before new bridge constructed.
[Date: 25/02/2018]
Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean bridge site before new bridge constructed.
[Date: 03/11/2020]
Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean bridge site before new bridge constructed.
[Date: 06/04/2020]

Before Original Bridge Removal

Ocean Railway Bridge, Stonehouse
Ocean Railway Bridge before removal in 1968.
[Courtesy: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/]