Safety concerns led to the removal of Shifnal's first railway bridge in 1953.
The original single span cast iron bridge was built at Horseley Iron Works in Tipton in 1848.
However, the operation to replace it with a girder construction made by the Horsehay Company Ltd was much more difficult than anticipated.
The demanding and often spectacular work provided fascinated onlookers with a great deal of entertainment.
At the time my father, Charlie Hayward, was an auto-electrician working at Reginald Tildesley's in Park Street, Shifnal.
He was a keen amateur photographer and recorded the bridge work with his Zeiss Ikon folding 120 rollfilm camera.
Words by Mike Hayward, pictures by Charlie Hayward