Photograph of tickets from the Tay Bridge Disaster

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Photograph of tickets from the Tay Bridge Disaster
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Museum number 1980-702

Photograph of tickets from the Tay Bridge Disaster. The tickets were collected at St Fort station from passengers on the train lost in the disaster. The original display of tickets is also in the collection of Dundee Museums and Galleries. A newspaper cutting from the owner of the original display is included with this photograph.

On Sunday, 28th December 1879, at the height of a storm, the "high girders" section of the Tay Bridge collapsed into the estuary as the Edinburgh to Dundee train was crossing. Of a reported 75 people on board, only 46 bodies were recovered. An enquiry found the cause of the disaster to be defective ironwork, exacerbated by trains exceeding the bridge's speed limit and the extreme weather.

Photograph of tickets from the Tay Bridge Disaster
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