Pratt Truss Gatton Railway Bridge

Pratt Truss Gatton Railway Bridge


Pratt truss design on Gatton Railway Bridge over Lockyer Creek

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Pratt Truss Bridge

A pratt truss bridge design includes vertical components and diagonals that slope down towards the center. It was invented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt. It was a common solution for railroad bridges when wood truss elements were replaced for metal. Here you can learn more about its history, its basic capabilities, and some of its most famous bridges that use it.

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