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Old Jun 7, 2009, 6:38 AM   #1
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Torgny's apt comments on "strong" compositions set me musing. Here is an example from my Easter holiday in Scotland, showing a strong structure, and the remains of its all-too-weak predecessor. This the Tay Rail Bridge, longest rail bridge in the UK, connecting Edinburgh, the Forth Bridge and Fife to Dundee and the North of Scotland.

The original bridge collapsed under a train during a storm in 1879, inspiring arguably the most notorious poem in the English language, by William McGonagall. See http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/poems/pgdisaster.htm

The last two verses are the 'best'.

The successor bridge has stood safely since 1887, and visitors to Scotland will be reassured to know that it was strengthened and partly re-riveted and had 1000 tons of guano removed in 2003.

There's another (amusing) image in a 'biweekly shoot-out' at...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/biweekly-shoot-out/154937-what-went-wrong-another-tay-bridge-disaster.html
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Old Jun 7, 2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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While this is stretching 'architectural' content somewhat, viewers might be interested to see how trains crossed the Tay before and between Tay bridges.

It does have its own miniature 'Tay Footbridge'.

This model is in the Castle Museum in the busy seaside town of Broughty Ferry, at the mouth of the Tay on the Dundee side. It no longer has a ferry.
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Old Jun 9, 2009, 5:46 PM   #3
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Alan,

thanks for this strong series

I could elaborate on this but chose to do it elsewhere

The last two verses

Perhaps even the last two lines


"For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed"



Ay, ay

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Old Jun 10, 2009, 5:22 AM   #4
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And your own comment

"It no longer has a ferry"

Ay, ay, ay

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