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Firth of Tay Bridge

Firth of Tay Bridge

General Information

Beginning of works: 1871
End of works: 1877
Status: collapsed (1879)

Project Type

Structure: Deck truss bridge
Lattice truss bridge
Function / usage: Railroad (railway) bridge
Material: Iron bridge

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Wormit, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Crossed:
  • Tay River
Replaced by: Firth of Tay Bridge (1887)

Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 3 264 m
number of spans 85

Materials

deck wrought iron
piers cast iron

Chronology

26 September 1877

The first train crosses the bridge.

28 December 1879, 19:00

The bridge collapses in a high wind storm while a train crosses, killing over 75 people.

Participants

Design

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000445
  • Date created
    22/10/1999
  • Last Update
    29/07/2014