Tay Rail Bridge

Photogaphs of the re-building of the Tay Rail

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1641


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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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1658

On 25 September 1877, a passenger train containing the directors was photographed as it crossed the bridge to the cheers of some twenty thousand local spectators. Eight months later a train pulled by the engine "Lochee" crossed over and the bridge was officially opened.

As it entered the new Tay Bridge Station, a band played "See the Conquering Hero Comes." There was a procession through the city streets, which were draped in bunting and the bells of the Old Steeple tolling.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1642


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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wc1642

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1659

Photograph from Alexander Wilson Collection.

On Sunday 28 December 1879 the 5.27 train left Burntisland for Dundee. Just after 7pm the train reached the bridge at the height of a violent storm and a few minutes later all passengers were at the bottom of the river. Approximately 75 passengers were on the train but only 46 bodies were found.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1643


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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wc1643

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1644


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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wc1644

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1645


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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wc1645

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1647

The photograph shows a group of workmen sitting on a wagon and others standing on the line. No indication of where the photograph was taken but it would appear to be on the Fife side of the bridge.

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

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1648

Sir Thomas Bouch was born in Thursby, Cumberland in 1822. In 1849 he moved to Edinburgh to manage Edinburgh & Northern Railway Co., but resigned in 1851 to set up as a consultant engineer.

In 1854, Bouch put forward schemes for bridging the rivers Forth and Tay, but the idea was not accepted. In 1869, the North British Railway set up the Tay Bridge Undertaking to build a bridge.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1649

Photograph from Alexander Wilson Collection. In the photograph there is an early type steam engine with a group of workmen standing in front.

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

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