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1837: Euston Station

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Innovation: Iron Truss roof
Location: Euston Train Station, London, England
Year: 1837
Designed By/ Civil Engineer: Charles Fox

London and Birmingham Railway originally opened Euston Station in 1837. Euston Station was Charles Fox’s first work and is believed to be the first example of an all iron truss roof. The span of the two roofs at the station combined to be an impressive 80 x 200 feet long. The roof structure was made of iron members that were forged and connected by drilling the ends of the bars and assembling with bolts. These iron bars were placed in tension and compression to securely hold the large span of the roof. This was a sign of approaching industrial engineering innovation. From the Euston Station architecture, a new field of design emerged that produced even wider spans and improved materials. This truss style of construction gained popularity, evolved to become more efficient, and is still used by engineers today.  `

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Written by Paul Acevedo

October 8, 1837 at 4:47 pm

Posted in Construction

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