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Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879
Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879
More than 125 years ago, just a year and a half after the Tay Railway Bridge was built, William McGonnagal composed his poem about the Tay Bridge Disaster, the poem about Britain’s worst ever civil engineering disaster. More than 80 people lost their lives in the fall of the Tay Bridge. How did it happen? The accident reports say that high winds and poor construction were to blame. Peter Lewis, an University engineering professor, tells the real story of how the bridge so spectacularly collapsed in December 1879.
Disaster on the Dee: The Collapse of the Dee Bridge, 1847
Disaster on the Dee: The Collapse of the Dee Bridge, 1847
This book presents a look at one of the first major railway disasters in Britain, the fall of the Dee Bridge in May 1847. The collapse occurred just outside Chester with the loss of five lives. The main line from Holyhead to Chester had only been open for six months, and the chief engineer Robert Stephenson was slated nationally, almost being accused of manslaughter, as his cast-iron bridge had failed so catastrophically. Fortunately, only a local train was passing and so few lives were lost. Full of detailed technical insight and illustrated with a wealth of contemporary material, this informative book will be of great use for engineering students and historians. The Dee bridge is an often cited case study of bridge failure along with the Tay and Tacoma Narrows bridges. It will also appeal to interested locals, and railway enthusiasts.

Famous Bridge Disasters (Master Bridge S.)

Famous Bridge Disasters (Master Bridge S.)
This book written by David Bird looks closely at many of the most famous bridge disasters.

 


 

   




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