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Dee Railway Bridge

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Collapse of the bridge. Picture published in 1894.

Designed by Robert Stephenson

This bridge was one of his few failures, collapsing under a train. Stephenson was heavily criticized for the design, even before the collapse, particularly for the poor choice of materials and the unsatisfactory disposition of the wrought iron trusses.

As a result a royal commission was appointed to investigate the application of iron to railway structures.

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