John Speller's Web Pages Niagara Suspension Bridge

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John Augustus Roebling (1806-1867) is best remembered today as the designer of New York's Brooklyn Bridge. An equally fine achievement, however, was the Niagara Suspension Bridge constructed in 1852-55 by the Great Western Railway of Canada to allow through rail traffic between Canada and the United States. The bridge, which was replaced in 1877, was the first successful railway suspension bridge.
An early view of Roebling's Niagara Suspension Bridge. Note the mixed gauge allowing the running of both 5' 6" and 4' 8" gauge trains
John Augustus Roebling, C.E. (1806-1867)
A Great Western Railway poster of the first Niagara Suspension Bridge 1855-77. The lower deck for horse and pedestrian traffic had the advantage of making the bridge more rigid and thus more stable for rail traffic. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Hand-colored lithograph of Roebling's bridge. The Niagara Falls can be seen in the distance. In addition the suspension cables, further cables ran from the deck to the ground below, helping to keep the bridge from swaying. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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