2.3.3.B | Newspaper extract

Newspaper extract
September 2, 1850, 19th century
Montreal Witness
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"The reader has now before him the simple philosophical principles upon which Mr. Stephenson, when he found that he was to be allowed neither scaffolding, centering, nor arches, determined to undertake to convey at undiminished speed the Chester and Holyhead Railway's passenger and goods traffic across the Conway and Menai Straits through hollow tubes, instead of attempting to do so upon solid beams; and as a striking and perhaps startling exemplification of the truth of this theory, it may be stated that although his plate-iron galleries suspended by the tension, as well as supported by the compression of nearly nine times the amount of the longest railway train that could possibly pass through them (nearly one of their own length) yet, if instead of their being hollow, they had been a solid iron beam of the same dimensions, they would not only have been unable to sustain the load required, but would actually have been bent by, or metaphorically, would have fainted under their own weight".