something truly monumental about the Royal Albert Bridge which dates back nearly
This marvel of ingenuity and engineering skill was created by
Britain's greatest engineer - Isambard Kingdom Brunel who celebrates the 200th
anniversary of his birth in 2006.
Brunel was an engineer of clear vision
and pioneering spirit.
His brief was to design a bridge to carry the Cornwall
Railway across the River Tamar at Saltash.
The bridge is thought to be one
of Brunel's greatest achievements due to the complexity of its construction.
workers also had to work 70 feet down on the middle pier as well as sometimes
having to work in 70 feet of water.
Its construction comprised of a wrought
iron tubular arch or bow, with a profile in the form of a parabola.
the Royal Albert is regarded as an engineering marvel.
This bowstring suspension
bridge comprises two main spans of 455 feet, rising 100 feet above the valley
There are also 17 shorter approach spans.
was opened by Prince Albert in May 1859 but Brunel did not attend due to poor
Brunel eventually crossed his bridge on a wagon two days later.
But it was to be his last major work - Brunel died three months after the
The Royal Albert Bridge is the product of thousands of
hours of hard physical work by our forefathers, people who were driven by the
vision of great minds like Brunel's .
And it's that which still inspires
us, touches us, and moves us today.
Today, all these years after it was
built, the bridge still ferrying passengers back and forth between Cornwall and