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Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar in the west of England is officially opened

England and Wales, 1857, zoomable map
05/03/1859
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge spanned the Tamar River and carried the Cornwall Railway between Devon and Cornwall for the first time. Still in use today as a rail bridge, Prince Albert opened the structure just five months before Brunel died and remains one of the legendary engineer's great triumphs. An innovative combination of suspension and arch with only one central pier, the bridge covers 2240 feet and used 5000 tons of wrought and cast iron in its construction. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 58-59

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