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Firth of Tay Bridge

Firth of Tay Bridge

General Information

Structural Type: Deck truss bridge
Lattice truss bridge
Function / usage: Railroad (railway) bridge
Built: 1871 - 1877
Status: collapsed (1879)

Geographic Information & Related Structures

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

Technical Information


total length 3 264 m
number of spans 85


deck wrought iron
piers cast iron


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.



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Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20000445
Created: 22/10/1999
Last Updated: 29/07/2014