Aesthetics versus function: the fall of the Dee bridge, 1847

@article{Lewis2004AestheticsVF,
  title={Aesthetics versus function: the fall of the Dee bridge, 1847},
  author={P. R. Lewis and C. Gagg},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Science Reviews},
  year={2004},
  volume={29},
  pages={177 - 191}
}
Abstract Numerous new bridges were needed when the railway line from London to Holyhead in Wales was built in the 1840s. The project's chief engineer, Robert Stephenson, chose a cast iron girder design to cross the river Dee just outside Chester, and the bridge was finished in November 1846. About six months later, on 24 May 1847, a local train was crossing the final span when one of the girders failed suddenly, sending most of the train crashing into the river below. Five lives were lost. The… Expand
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