Month: February 2017

Laced Columns

The last time I talked at length about laced columns, I was talking about their failure from rusting. That seems unfair, so I want to talk about their remarkable success: engineers were convinced for decades that they were a good idea. Built-up columns are made by fastening (riveting, bolting, welding) relatively small pieces of steel together …

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Serious Engineering For Recreation

I mentioned yesterday that the subway lines of southern Brooklyn trace their origins to excursion railroads. Where there are excursion railroads, there must be a destination, and the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island Railway took you to the resort hotels of Brighton Beach. That’s the Brighton Beach Hotel above, circa 1900. Shortly after it was …

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