M6924.38 | Conway Bridge, construction of second tube, September 1848

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Conway Bridge, construction of second tube, September 1848
George Hawkins
About 1848, 19th century
Coloured ink on card
37.2 x 54.8 cm
Gift of Mrs. Phillip Mackenzie
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

The Conway Bridge, erected in Great Britain by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), was, along with the Britannia Bridge, one of the first railroad bridges equipped with a tubular structure. Stephenson was the original designer of this type of bridge.

Stephenson hit upon the idea of a tubular bridge after many experiments. In his design, the train passes through a tube supported on piers. In this print, which shows construction on the Conway Bridge, workers are installing a second tube.