People at Work

Photographs depicting people at work

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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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: 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 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: 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: WC1592


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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wc1592

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1594


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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wc1594

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1596


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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wc1596

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1584


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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wc1584

Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee

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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee - Ref: WC1591


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
Ref: 
wc1591
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