Illustration of rescuers searching for survivors engraved on the 1879 Tay Railway Bridge Disaster Memorial in Dundee,UK

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Illustration of rescuers searching for survivors engraved on the 1879 Tay Railway Bridge Disaster Memorial in Dundee. The Tay Bridge disaster occurred during a violent storm on Sunday 28th December 1879 when the first Tay Rail Bridge collapsed while a "Burntisland Train" was passing over it from Wormit to Dundee, killing all aboard. The bridge was designed by Sir Thomas Bouch using lattice girders supported by iron piers, with cast iron columns and wrought iron cross-bracing. The piers were narrower and their cross-bracing was less extensive and robust than on previous similar designs by Bouch. Bouch had sought expert advice on "wind loading" when designing a proposed rail bridge over the Firth of Forth; as a result of that advice he had made no explicit allowance for wind loading in the design of the Tay Bridge. There were other flaws in detailed design, in maintenance, and in quality control of castings, all of which were, at least in part, Bouch's responsibility.
Location: Dundee, Tayside, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom