Tay Bridge disaster, Scotland, 29 December 1879.
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Tay Bridge disaster, Scotland, 29 December 1879. 'The Tay Bridge as it appeared on Monday 29 December at ten o'clock'. Plate from the 'Illustrated London News' (Volume 80/1 p 20). 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. 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.