The Tay Rail Bridge

The Tay Rail Bridge carries the main-line railway across the Firth of Tay in Scotland, between the city of Dundee and the suburb of Wormit in Fife. Its span is 2.75 miles (3.5 kilometres) and is the second rail bridge on this site.

The original bridge was designed by Sir Thomas Bouch, an engineer who popularised lattice girders in rail bridges and his design for the Forth Rail Bridge was also the first accepted. Unfortunately on the night of Sunday 28th December 1879 the Tay Rail Bridge collapsed when a train was passing over it from Wormit to Dundee, killing all the passengers and staff aboard.  Investigation found that Bouch's design was flawed.  Needless to say Bouch's Forth Rail Bridge design was cast aside after this disaster.

The new Tay Rail Bridge was opened in 1887 and is still in service today, in 2003 a strengthening and refurbishing project was carried out. It was this bridge that took me to Dundee to finally take some photographs last weekend.

I posted the first of these images on Instagram on Sunday night and have been blown away by the feedback and features that I received, currently it has been liked over 5500 times through my own portfolio and the four hubs that featured it (thanks to @loves_scotland @sunrise.sunset.scotland @scotland_greatshots @this_is_scotland).

The shots that I liked and did some processing on are below.


Instead of having a lazy Sunday I decided to drive up to Dunkeld, I was really sure where I was actually going but Dunkeld felt like far enough! Dunkeld is a small town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is about 15 miles north of Perth on the eastern side of what is now the A9 road into the Scottish Highlands. The road into the town passes over the River Tay where there is still the Old Toll Cottage, thankfully now you don't have to pay to cross.

I had a wander round the town for a couple of hours in the glorious sunshine and have posted some of the photo's below.