Panorama of the Tay Rail Bridge at Sunset
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Panorama of the Tay Rail Bridge at Sunset

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A glorious sunset sets the scene for this image of the Tay Rail Bridge. With light normally reserved for the hour after sunset illuminating the sky and the river in glorious warm shades of orange and red, the backlight from the sun accentuating the silhouette of the bridge. This photograph was captured from the town of Newport.

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The Tay Bridge reaches across the Firth of Tay in Scotland between Dundee and the suburb of Wormit in Fife. It is 2.75 miles (4.43 kilometres) in length. What you see in this image is in fact the second bridge, built on roughly the same site.

The first Tay Bridge did not open until 1878. On 28 December 1879, the bridge suddenly collapsed during a storm, while a train was passing. The incident is one of the most famous bridge-related engineering disasters to have occurred anywhere in the world. 

It was replaced by a second bridge constructed of iron and steel with a double-track parallel to the remains of the first bridge. The new bridge was opened in 1887. In 2003, the bridge was strengthened and refurbished, winning a British Construction Industry Engineering Award to mark the scale and difficulty of the project.

Printed on Fuji C-Type matt paper.