Monday, 15 March 2010

The Tay Bridges



Standing roughly half way between the two bridges over the Tay at Dundee this evening.
The top and bottom pics shows the rail bridge. The middle pic shows the road bridge.

The sky behaved nicely for me.




The Tay Rail Bridge was opened on June 1st 1878...... but it didn't last long. It collapsed on December 28th 1879 during a storm. A six carriage train chose the wrong moment to cross it and it plunged into the Tay killing all 75 people on board. At the time of it's opening it was the longest bridge in the world at two and a quarter miles long.
Immortalised by Dundee's very own bard William Topaz McGonagall you can read his account of the disaster here

The Tay Road Bridge was opened on August 18th 1966. 1.4 miles long, it's never been blown down.....yet.



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14 comments:

  1. What an interesting post, Neil! Love your photos! Wonderful, moody skies! Hope you have a great week! And now I'm going to read about the disaster. Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Nice pics indeed but the Tay doesnae look as silvery at Dundee as it does at Dunkeld. Which is McGonagally ironic.

    Do real Dundonians call it the Teh by the weh?

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  3. Stunning shots.
    Some bridges have tragic stories associated, felt sad reading about it.

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  4. This is stunning series of photos. What a wonderful peace and serenity!

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  5. Very beautiful landscapes!!!!

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  6. Beautiful scenes! Great world.

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  7. Gorgeous - I've often driven along Riverside Drive thinking to myself.. stop... get a photo of that. And the cows :)

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  8. Beautiful sunset in a beautiful part of the world.

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  9. love the colors of the sky and the cloud formations!

    leethroughthelens.blogspot.com

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  10. fantastic light - gorgeous

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  11. Wow! Can't think of anything else to say right now. Gorgeous!

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  12. That poem is something else, Neil! lmao!

    Beautiful photos, as always.

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  13. Rather lovely skies. Ah, the scenic qualities of Dundee!

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