March 5, 2018
The old heritage Sewri railway footbridge was brought down in March 2018 to make way for a new and bigger bridge. The old bridge that was demolished, was an important link with the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company, India’s first railway, and had inscriptions dated 1897, stating – Built by the Joseph Westwood and Company Limited. Joseph Westwood and Company Limited functioned at Napier Yard in England where the bridge had been originally built and shipped for Bombay railway.
It is the same place where once the largest iron ship of those days, the SS Great Eastern, designed by legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, had been built. This was the only remaining railway footbridge from the Joseph Westwood Company in Mumbai. Another rare relic gone! Lucky to have friend Ashish Raje clicked it at the right time!