Tay Rail Bridge

Photogaphs of the re-building of the Tay Rail

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 deadweight 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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wc1655

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 photorgraph 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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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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wc1641

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
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