Issue#02—2016
Issue#02—2016

Issue#02—2016

On a recent railway journey, I was reminded of the glories of a bygone era. Namely that of our grand Victorian station structures. Some have been restored, others are part of a mishmash of conservation and extensions that may not entirely add up.

There are also the more recent simpler generic designs that have none of the grandeur that must have been experienced on
leaving or arriving at one of our main stations in their heyday.

This led to thoughts on the changes that have occurred on
material use; iron, steel, concrete and glass and some of the remarkable engineers that were involved in the designs.

It also reminded me of the efforts made by Brunel on the roof design for Paddington and Birmingham stations in 1854. He used galvanized corrugated iron sheets to create the rigidity required for the roof structure. Remarkably, some structures that date back to this time are still standing today, not just in the UK but across the world. It is believed that corrugated sheet may be responsible for keeping the elements from more peoples’ heads than any other material ever used: a consequence of its prominence in the developing world.

My nostalgic revere was bought to a sudden end on reaching my destination, not too far away from the Clyde, and the sight of seagulls dive-bombing a galvanized lamp post for some unknown reason.

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