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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of the Tay Railway Bridge, 17 April 2009
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This review is from: The Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 (Revealing History) (Paperback)
This was an education exercise for me because while living in Dundee I took an interest in the history of the city but could find no modern insight into the lead up and cause of the failure of the bridge. Only that it was badly built, but there are many similar structures in the world that have not failed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed- but no thriller, 21 Jun 2010
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Scott MacMillan (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 (Revealing History) (Paperback)
I was trying to purchase the 'high girders' when I came across this book. Having read the 'high girders' many years ago, I hoped this book would be somewhat similar. Unfortunately, this was not the case although this should not detract from the book itself. It is a very detailed record and account of the accident and investigation.

If you are looking for hard facts and details on the engineering rationale for the collapse then this is the book for you. If you are looking for a factual story then you should look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tay Bridge Disaster, 8 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 (Revealing History) (Paperback)
Fantastic book. A wonderful insight into the design, building and aftermath of the disaster. Definitely the book to read to get a full appreciation of the tragedy and how it has shaped the design and construction of future structures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tay Railway bridge, 13 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 (Revealing History) (Paperback)
This book provided me with a clearer understanding of the pairing of the lugs that were cast with the 12" 1nd 15" columns that supported the wrought iron rivetted spans and how the diagonal restraint straps fitted between the paired lugs and how the gib and cotters were used to tension the these straps . Whilst it was helpful to see the photographs taken by Valentines the reproduction left something to be desired. As a Civil Engineer the text was excellent but I would have liked a clearer description and thus giving a clearer understanding of how the 12" and 15" columns were cast whilst maintaining the hollow core. I wonder why Bouch didn't use clamps around the columns as at his bridge at Belah on the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway instead of relying on (poorly) cast iron lugs cast with the columns. A really good read!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truth at last!, 1 Jan 2005
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This review is from: The Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 (Revealing History) (Paperback)
This book provides the key evidence which proves that the Tay bridge fell in 1879 due to poor design, NOT the strength of the wind that night. It is based on the photographs taken for the official inquiry, and the witness evidence given. Lewis's conclusions agree with those of the inquiry, but also suggest that metal fatigue also played a crucial role in the tragedy.The problem was not widely recognised at the time, but is now a well-known cause of premature failure of structures. Many authorities still cling to the high wind theory, but it is now no longer tenable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay, 15 Mar 2013
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A. Sharratt (Europe) - See all my reviews
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The clever mix of technical detail blended with enough historical background to give context, almost a detective story as the true cause of the disaster emerges.If you enjoy industrial history or are an Engineer you will find this book very hard to put down.
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