Queen Victoria's return from the Highlands, 1879.
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Plate from the 'Illustrated London News' of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) crosing the Tay Bridge by rail. Designed by the engineer Thomas Bouch (1822-1890) and completed in 1878, the Tay Bridge was just under two miles in length and was considered the longest bridge in the world. However, it proved to be lacking in stability against wind loadings. Shortly after the Queen's own journey, on 28th December 1879, the Edinburgh to Dundee train was crosing the bridge during a strong gale when the structure collapsed, killing all 75 pasengers on board the train.