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This is my digital painting using DAP and FastStone of the London Tower Bridge
Information is derived from the Tower Bridge website and the original photograph is used with the kind permission of the photographer Margaret Pietkiewicz-Price.
When it was opened in 1892 Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed (“bascule” comes from the French for “see-saw”). These bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines. The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. The accumulators fed the driving engines, which drove the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.
For more information on this iconic bridge see: