With the Tay Rail Bridge being closed twice over the past week due to an off-the-Beaufort-Scale storm that has battered Scotland, it seems an opportune time to look at some of the records that ScotlandsPeople has for the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879. Interestingly, when locals are asked when the Tay Bridge last closed, they usually give the chilling answer: ‘I think McGonagall wrote an ode about the previous closure…’

The ScotlandsPeople website, features a copy of the terribly sad and poignant telegram, shown below, that was sent by the Station Master at Dundee to the North British Railway Company's Engineer at Portobello, near Edinburgh. 

Tay Bridge Telegram