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: WC1650

Photograph from Alexander Wilson Collection. View of bridge from Dundee side looking towards Fife.

On 22 July 1871 the son of resident engineer William Paterson tapped the foundation stone in place. The building took longer than the intended 3 years and the cost rose from £217,099.18s.6d to £350,000.00. Twenty workmen were killed during the construction work.

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1651

The bridge, designed by Sir Thomas Bouch, was opened on 26 September 1877 with great ceremony. Passenger services began on 31 May 1878. The structure lasted little over a year.

On 28 December 1879, the 5.27 train left Burntisland for Dundee. Just after 7pm, at the height of a storm, the train reached the bridge and a few minutes later, the bridge collapsed. 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 Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1652

Photograph from the Alexander Wilson Collection.

On Sunday 28 December 1879 the 5.27 train left Burntisland for Dundee. By early evening, a violent storm was sweeping down the Tay. Just after 7pm, the train reached the bridge at the height of the storm. A few minutes later, the train and all passengers were at the bottom of the river.

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wc1652

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1653

Photograph from Alexander Wilson Collection. The photograph shows three engines with tenders on the bridge and workmen still on the bridge. Below there are groups of people watching the work from Riverside.

As work progressed on the bridge it became clear that the appearance of the bridge was considerably different from the original drawings. The iron columns were made at a foundry which was established in Wormit. Made from poor quality iron, the columns played an important part in the disaster.

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wc1653

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1620


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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wc1620

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1621


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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wc1621

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1622


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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wc1622

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1603


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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wc1603

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1623


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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wc1623

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1604


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.

£8.25
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wc1604
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