Tay Rail Bridge

Photogaphs of the re-building of the Tay Rail

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 Edinbrugh 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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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: WC1617


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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wc1617

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1633


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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wc1633

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1618


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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wc1618

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1634


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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wc1634

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1619


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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wc1619

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1635


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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wc1635
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