REFERENCE No:547
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Location - TAY BRIDGE DISASTER, The Firth of Tay, Scotland
Date - Photo taken April 1880 - Postcard issued around 1914
Size in mm (approx) - 137 x 88
Publisher - Not known
Publisher's Card No. not numbered
Un-used:
Condition - A large crease from top to bottom, and the left lower corner has a crease as well. All corners are worn and the surface is rubbed in parts. Nevertheless, this is a very interesting and scarce card which dates from the First World War period.
Further Information - On December 28th, 1879 this locomotive was pulling the train which disappeared in the River Tay when wind blew the structure of the bridge to pieces taking around 70 souls to the bottom of the black waters. The engine (No:224) was raised three months later, but the lifting equipment broke twice sending it to the bottom again. When it was eventually recovered it was run to Glasgow on its own wheels, and was completely repaired and continued in service until 1919. It gained the nickname "The Diver"
 

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