Tay Rail Bridge

Photogaphs of the re-building of the Tay Rail

Wormit and Tay Bridge

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Wormit and Tay Bridge - Ref: WC3202


Wormit with the Tay Bridge in the background, featuring a man with his children. Wormit owes its existence to the railway which put it within easy commuter distance of Dundee.

Wormit developed around the southern bridgehead. One of a number of settlements in style and layout it is very similar to its larger neighbours.

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Mars Training Ship, Dundee

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Mars Training Ship, Dundee - Ref: WC2145

In this photograph of the Mars Training Ship the Tay Rail Bridge can be seen in the background. The Mars could accommodate up to 400 delinquent or disadvantaged boys.

The Mars started out as a man-of war built at Chatham in the 1840s. She saw service in the Crimean War, was later converted into a steam screwship. Having become obsolete she was converted into a training ship. The Mars was anchored in the River Tay from 1869 until 1929.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1636


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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wc1636

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1654

Photograph from Alexander Wilson collection. This photograph shows the completed bridge with a train starting to cross.

Many people came to see the bridge including Ulysses E. Grant, ex-president of the USA, the Emperor of Brazil and Prince Leopold of Belgium. Queen Victoria crossed the bridge in the summer of 1879 shortly before she knighted Thomas Bouch, the original architect of the scheme..

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1637


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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wc1637

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1655

Photograph from Alexander Wilson collection.

Although the bridge was completed in August 1877, months were to pass before the Bridge was passed by the Board of Trade inspectors. Tests carried out included running a train pulling six locomotives across the bridge weighing 438 tons.

Tests for vertical dead weight and lateral oscillation were carried out, but tragically none for wind pressure. After three days the Government inspectors declared the bridge to be safe and fit for use.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1638


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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wc1638

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1656

Photograph from Alexander Wilson Collection.

Thomas Bouch was born in Thursby, Cumberland in 1822, He gained experience as a civil engineer by working on the construction of railways in the north of England.

In 1849 he moved to Edinburgh to manage Edinburgh and Northern Railway Co but resigned in 1851 to set up as a consultant engineer. In 1854 he put forward schemes for bridging the Forth and Tay but his ideas were not accepted.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1639


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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wc1639

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1657

Photograph from Alexander Wilson collection. The photograph shows the completed bridge with final work being done to the approaches.

In 1869 The North British Railway set up the Tay Bridge Undertaking to build a bridge across the Tay. In May 1871, the contract was awarded to Charles De Bergue to build a bridge in three years at a cost of £217,099.18s.6d.

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