Brunel`s Royal Albert Bridge
This deeply researched book tells eloquently the thirteen year saga of the bridge's construction, the design concepts and challenges and the immens engineering difficulties. The erection of the two 1,000-ton spans, bridging a distance of nearly one thousand feet with rails at a height of 100 feet deep leaves one marvelling at the ingenuity and ability of Victorian engineers and workman. Strenuous testing was followed by the opening by prince Albert, Queen Victoria's Consort, with all the pomp and splendour of a royal occasion.
Details have been extracted from Brunel's own drawings and notebook as well as from original and contemporary sources in archives and newspapers to make this as authoritative as the author's previous book, Brunel's Cornish Viaducts. A remarkable collection of engravings and photographs, many never published before, complements and illustrates the text.
And the story is brought right up to date for the bridge, of course, still carries today's traffic. The steady process of strendthening for heavier loads is described, leading to contemporary scene and the work being done to ensure that this magnificent structure continues in service as a tribute to its engineer, Brunel; probably the greatest Victorian engineer.
Sources & Acknowledgements
The Great Divide
The Coming of the Railway - 1835 to 1859
The Initial Design Investigation - 1847 to 1849
The Prototype - 1849 to 1853
The Final Design - 1852
The Contract Let: Construction: The Center Pier - 1853 to 1856
Construction: The Cornwall Span - 1854 to 1858
Construction: Completion and Final Testing - 1857 to 1859
The Opening - 1859
The Years Since 1859
Statistics and Chronology of the Royal Albert Bridge
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