The Tay Rail Bridge Disaster

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On 28th December 1879 the Tay Bridge disaster happened during a storm registering 10 or 11 on the Beaufort scale. The first Tay Rail Bridge, across the Firth of Tay in Scotland, was opened in 1878.

During the storm, a train was passing over the bridge carrying passengers from Wormit to Dundee when the bridge collapsed. The number who died is not known for certain, but there were no survivors. Fifty six tickets had been sold; when season ticket holders, other destinations, and employees are taken into consideration, the death toll was believed to be 74 or 75.

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