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Beachley Viaduct   Aust Viaduct
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Bob Dylan (Aust Ferry) 1966

Bob Dylan (Aust Ferry) 1966
Made by brizzle born and bred
The Martin Scorsese film No Direction Home about the life of Bob Dylan has a promotional shot of Dylan standing in front of the Aust ferry terminal in May 1966, not long before it closed for good. Dylan was on his way to South Wales following a gig in Bristol. The following day, as he set off in the rain for his next gig in Cardiff, the boos were still ringing in his ears. So it's hardly surprising he looked a bit moody as he waited for the ferry. Barry Feinstein has rediscoverd the original proof sheet from that day in 1966. Along with the cover shot are several others which have not been seen for 40 years. It's possible they could now end up exhibited in the proposed Severn Princess ferry museum. You can see the newly completed Severn Bridge visible in the distance - it was opened by the Queen in September that year. Many famous people used the ferry service inc The Beatles and Tom Jones took the ferry between Wales and England. Album cover showing Bob Dylan at Aust ferry terminal, 11 May 1966. The car number plate has been digitally altered to read 1235RD - a reference to Rainy Day Women # 12 and 35. The last remaining ferry boat, the 'Severn Princess' which had been launched in 1959, was found wrecked and abandoned in Ireland in 1999 and returned to Beachley in 2003. A preservation group exists to restore the ship In the movie Star Wars (1977), 'the sounds of the lasers were made by striking one of the suspension wires of the original Severn Bridge. The longer ones were used for the ships while the shorter ones were used for the hand guns.' For the rock band Marillion's album Brave (1994), singer Steve Hogarth used a concept that was inspired by a radio broadcast from the Bristol Police. Quoting Steve Hogarth: 'The police had picked up a young woman wandering on the Severn Bridge who refused or was unable to speak to them. In desperation the appeal was broadcast to the general public in an attempt to discover her identity.' Hogarth heard it on the radio, and several years later it inspired him while he and the band were working on what was to become the Brave album. On 1 February 1995, Richey James Edwards, the former guitarist and key lyricist for the Welsh based rock band Manic Street Preachers disappeared and was never seen again. Though it has been debated whether or not the musician, who had a well-documented history of self-harm, took his life, his car was found several days later in a motorway service station near the Severn Bridge, which has since its construction acquired notoriety for being a suicide spot. www.urbexforums.co.uk/showthread.php/7777-Aust-Ferry-Bris...

Hate! Agree! Relax!

Hate! Agree! Relax!
Made by Trapac
Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim + Redscaled Konica Minolta VX Super 200 + Double Exposure. Experimenting with Redscale again - moving from the blunt application of that banging colour, to explore other possibilities beyond that...The first roll was shot almost exclusively along the environs of Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road & Gloucester Road and mostly graffiti. The intention of the second roll was to find mainstream advertising or images from more affluent areas of the city, or more pastoral/non urban environments. I did not line up the film, nor take notes, nor plan beyond striving for the principle of contrasting subjects. The negatives were returned uncut as requested, but I did get lab scans - any overlaps of one frame over another, are a result of this. I have cropped where I feel it is most helpful to do so, so any inclusion of frame overlap is these uploaded images has been an active choice. I will almost certainly return to the negs with a home scanner to search for alternative compositions to complement these. In some cases I have found the results quite 'dark' and unsettling in mood - quite a refreshing departure for my stream. I plan to explore this some more. Redscaling. Basically it involves taking a roll of ordinary 'bog standard' print film, reversing it and respooling it into another film canister (all done in a dark bag) so that the light is exposed on 'the wrong side of the film' when you take a shot. You then lose two 'stops' on the optimal exposure conditions from the original. It gets developed in exactly the same way as print film, but be prepared for the technician to be a little startled (at best) or a little irritated (at worst) when they realise that something very odd has happened to the film. :)

The Severn Bridge (Pont Hafren)

The Severn Bridge (Pont Hafren)
Made by imaginedhorizons
The Severn Bridge viewed from the Beachley causeway for the Aust Ferry that preceded it. Aust Cliff, composed of red and grey bands of Triassic and Rhaetic mudstone can be seen on the opposite bank. the bridge pillars stand on underlying Carboniferous rocks, which are much stronger. This image is taken on the Welsh side of the river although both ends of the main bridge and both terminuses of the former ferry are actually in England. Drivers crossing the Severn Bridge traverse a second smaller bridge, spanning the River Wye before truly entering Monmouthshire in Wales. Monmouthshire is Anglo-Welsh anyway: about 23 times as many people voted Conservative than for Plaid Cymru in the 2005 general election. The 2010 result was similar. A bridge to span the Severn was proposed in the C19th but was not realised until this bridge was opened in September 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II. There is a second road bridge downstream and the railway tunnels beneath the river nearby. Water leaking into the tunnel is apparently pumped out and used at the InBev brewery at Magor...so that's what goes into a can of Stella Artois (aka 'wife-beater'), which is made on an industrial scale in SE Wales and not by romantic Franco-Belgian peasants, as depicted in the adverts. Apologies for the ramble but it's fun to tell a story...

173/365: Bound for old blighty

173/365: Bound for old blighty
Made by toaster.cat
A long long epic day as we tried to get into Cardiff, and then out the other side and across into England and find somewhere to camp. Between us we got 4 flat tyres in the first few hours (a couple from glass, a pinch flat and some sort of rubber fatigue?). Had to stop at a bike shop and replenish our spare tube and patch collection. The traffic did its best to kill us, and everything was still damp from yesterday - and it kept trying to rain on us. But as we cycled over the Severn River Bridge, the sun started to shine persistently through the clouds. As we got to the other side a nice man stopped to help us pick somewhere to camp, and point us to the flattest way there. So even though we were cycling til 9.30pm, we were doing it in the dry, along fast roads next to a brilliant sunset. And then the campsite we found (another random farm) was lovely as well. And gnocchi bolognaise for dinner was delicious. So the day ended much better than it began. Location: Severn River Bridge, Wales/England Distance cycled: 123km Trip total: 1928km

Second Severn Bridge 1995

Second Severn Bridge 1995
Made by brizzle born and bred
The Second Severn Crossing under construction 1995. The foundations of the bridge were made out of 37 precast Concrete Caissons weighing up to 2,000 tonnes each, 53m long. These were then filled with concrete taking 12 to 20 weeks to cast. Placing the Caissons involved 2 of the largest vessels in the marine fleet. The SAR3 was used to move the Caissons into position. It is a specially modified flat barge, powered by 4 Jimecal Thrusters, and a computer controlled navigation positioning system. Once this positioning system is started it will hold the barge stationary, maintaining a stable position to within 0.5m of tolerance. While the DPS held the barge on station the LISA A lowered its hydraulic, four legged lifting frame to close under the Caisson. When all was stable the LISA A lifted the caisson off the Barge allowing it to return to its berth. The whole operation had to be completed within a 2 hour tidal window.

A Night Time View of the First Severn Bridge*

A Night Time View of the First Severn Bridge*
Made by Christopher Long Photography
Construction of the first Severn Bridge began in 1961. It actually consists of four bridges, namely the Aust Viaduct, the Severn Bridge itself, Beachley Viaduct and the Wye Bridge. It took five years to complete and cost £8 million pounds to build. The Severn Bridge is close to the old Aust Ferry. It is a conventional suspension bridge, with the deck supported by two huge cables slung between two steel towers. These cables were manufactured from 18,000 miles of wire. Unusually the suspension cables are not vertical as is normally the case but are arranged in a zig-zag manner with the adjacent mounts being closely spaced. This was an attempt to reduce vibrations. The bridge’s longest span is 3,240 feet (988 metres) and the height is 445 feet (136 metres) above water.

Severn Bridge

Severn Bridge
Made by Flickr JRT 250k views :)
Went for a drive this afternoon The Severn Bridge was opened by the Queen on the 8th September 1966 to replace the ferry service crossing from Aust Cliff to Beachley Peninsula, 8 miles upstream from Avonmouth. At this point the River Severn is almost exactly 1 mile wide at high water and the bridge creates a direct link for the M4 motorway into Wales. The Severn Bridge is in fact two bridges. The main section spans the Severn Estuary, whilst the second smaller section spans the River Wye. Bridge General Dimensions Main Span3,240 ft Distance Apart, c. to c. of cables75 ft Side Spans, each1,000 ft Level of tops of towers445 ft O.D. Sag span ratio of cables1/12 Belle update She has already started to put her leg down and has taken a few steps on it :)

Severn Bridge, Gloucestershire

Severn Bridge, Gloucestershire
Made by Brownie Bear
This is the original Severn Bridge opened on 8th September 1966 to carry the M4 between Wales and England. The original road crossing comprises four distinct structures: - The Aust Viaduct, The Severn Bridge and the Beachley Viaduct and the Wye Bridge. The Wye Bridge behind me is in fact the bridge that carries you across the border between Wales and England. Before this bridge opened in 1966 the most southerly road bridge over the River Severn was at Gloucester roughly 30 miles up the road to the north. The round trip by the old road to the same position on the other side is around 60 miles. Before the bridge opened there used to be a ferry in operation known as the Aust Ferry. The ferry did not take large vehicles.

Dog Bones

Dog Bones
Made by Graham Vincent
An abstract from the Severn Bridge, found on the cable stays. Any engineers out there know what they're for? Found it! A Stockbridge damper is a tuned mass damper used to suppress wind-induced vibrations on taut cables, such as overhead power lines.[1] The dumbbell-shaped device consists of two masses at the ends of a short length of cable or flexible rod, which is clamped at its middle to the main cable. The damper is designed to dissipate the energy of oscillations in the main cable to an acceptable level.[2] Its distinctive shape gives it the nickname dog-bone damper.[3] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockbridge_damper

Crossing the Severn Bridge

Crossing the Severn Bridge
Made by Brownie Bear
Heading eastbound to England. The bridge opened on 8th September 1966 and was originally part of the M4. By the late 1980's the bridge was carrying by far more traffic than it was expected to carry. The second crossing downstream was opened in 1996. This part of the M4 is now known as the M48. Before the bridge opened road traffic between south Wales and southern England had to use the A48 and A40 up to Gloucester and then the A38 back down to the A4. This is a distance of around 60 miles. The bridge shortens that journey down to 5 miles at most. A ferry operated between Aust and Beachley. However, this was not suitable for heavy vehicles and had limited capacity.

5 MINUTES

5 MINUTES
Made by lydneykopite
B+W ND110 & CPL ISO100 f22 300 secs - tripod. I have often shot the bridge from this viewpoint but have never really been happy with the results. It had been a really foggy day so I was hoping that a mid/late afternoon trip may still find the bridge shrouded in a lifting layer of fog - I arrived too late as the sun had burnt off the fog - but I was left with this wonderful late afternoon warm light that was reflecting off the structures white paintwork. I used the 10 stop primarily to highlight the warm glow and to give the bridge a soft feel as I knew it would move slightly during the long exposure. Next time it's foggy you know where I'II be heading...again!

This is me cycling over the Severn Bridge, entering Wales.

This is me cycling over the Severn Bridge, entering Wales.
Made by tiexano
This is the older of the two Bridges over the Severn that go by the inspired names Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing. The main differences are: This one is older, higher to climb up, farer up the stream, and the only one with a cycle lane. On the new one certainly wasn't any space left for a 2 m wide strip of tarmac. Bah! At least it's free for bicycles, cars have to pay a toll. When they leave England. The other direction is free. Or to put it in the words of Harri Webb: Two lands at last connected Across the waters wide, And all the tolls collected On the English side.

Severn View.

Severn View.
Made by Jon Matthews Photography
Taken on our trip to Blackwood, South Wales, to see the Manics at their homecoming gig for Radio 2. (Listen here) I've seen many gigs, including the Manics a number of times, but i can honestly say, I've never witnessed ANYTHING like last night’s concert. Intimate, Intense and Honest. I will forever remember the night, mainly for the fact that we met Nick and James afterwards. Really great guys and a absolute honour to be able to shake the hands of my hero’s and thank them for years of influential music!

Vertigo?

Vertigo?
Made by The Groovster
I walked over the first Severn Bridge tonight, along the right and walked back on the other side... having considered half way over that I should be on the other side, I plodded on. By the time I was half-way back it was too late to turn back.. and I'd likely get arrested for running over the lanes (I did think about it) so I think I'll go back sometime and do it the other way round. There are various points along the walkway where you can see straight down to the water, this 'hole' was right next to the tower... made me feel quite giddy! Looks so much better when you

Jet-skiing on the River Severn

Jet-skiing on the River Severn
Made by imaginedhorizons
Jet skiers on the River Severn, near the (old) Severn Bridge. They are operating from the causeway at Beachley, formerly used for the Severn ferry, which was discontinued when the bridge was finished in the 1960s. Beachley is in Gloucestershire, England. Contrary to common belief, both ends of the main Severn Bridge are in England and a second, smaller bridge spans the Wye into Wales. These jet skiers performed with gusto, despite the mud laden water of the estuary, in which they were immersed every time they capsized.

Been a while.....

Been a while.....
Made by Paul C Stokes
Hi all, after 2 months with a total lack of inspiration and drive I found myself with camera taking sunset pics of the 1st Severn crossing. Its a place I have been before but I guess I gotta start somewhere again. Besides this is 100% better than my previous effort. Missed you guys a lot and will now get busy with taking pics again.....its good to be back. Play it Loud

Beachley pylon

Beachley pylon
Made by yorkshire stacked
Aust Severn Powerline Crossing is the longest powerline span in the UK with a span width of 1,618 m (5,308 ft). The crossing, which spans the River Severn between Aust and Beachley, is part of the National Grid. It was built by J L Eve & Co and is situated south of Severn Bridge. It is mounted on two pylons, each 148.75 m (488 ft) tall. The pylon on the Aust side of the River Severn stands on a caisson accessible by a small bridge.

the Severn bridge

the Severn bridge
Made by Yokels
The original Severn bridge. The crossing from England to wales in a thunder storm. On a trip down from Ross for the day. Must be said as an Civil Engineer the Severn Bridge was revolutionary using an aerodynamic deck instead of a big truss to reduce the amount of steelwork required and hence the cost. Still the cables are knackered now. Ooopps. Wales/England UK

Severn Crossing

Severn Crossing
Made by Katherine Ross
Today I was lucky enough to have the chance to be taken on a tour of the first Severn Bridge through the Institution of Civil Engineers! We were taken down below deck level onto a pier, and then up to the top of the tower, although we were restricted in where we could stand by the strong wind. Altogether a fantastic experience! Looking down at the carriageway.

Swinging in fine weather...

Swinging in fine weather...
Made by Trapac
Supersampler + Fuji Reala 100. From Wales to England... Taken with my lovely, if somewhat idiosyncratic Supersampler - 4 lenses take 4 shots onto 1 negative over 2 seconds. Completely plastic, no control whatsoever and no viewfinder - you just wave it about and hope for the best - these days, I've even learned to point it at things and keep it still! ;)



Nearest places of interest:

Aust Severn Powerline Crossing
One of three shafts that lead to Severn-Trent Cable tunnel
Aust Viaduct
Aust Ferry Terminal
  Churchyard of St Arilda,Oldbury-on-Severn
Oldbury-on-Severn
Pub and (former) ferry terminal
Beachley Viaduct

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