Tragedy and Triumph, Part 1: The Tay Bridge

by Jeff Brown, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 4, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Editorial


On the night of December 28, 1879, a violent storm destroyed 13 spans of a major railroad bridge over Scotland's Firth of Tay, sending 75 people to their deaths in one of the most notorious failures in the history of structural engineering. The lessons of the disaster have informed bridge design ever since. (This is the first of a two-part series.)

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