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Work is now underway to replace more than 1,200 sleepers located on the Tay Bridge, the longest railway structure in Scotland.
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Tay Bridge: 'Opened June 20 1887' reads the plaque above the central section of the Tay Bridge, seen from a northbound HST on 27 February 2019. Photographed with only my camera outside the window, naturally.
David Panton 27/02/2019

Tay Bridge: This Edinburgh 170 is passing the locus of the former distant semaphore signal for Tay Bridge South Junction. Ninewells Hospital and the three blocks of high flats at Blackness are visible on the north shore beyond the train.
Brian Forbes 12/01/2008

Tay Bridge: A Type 2 crosses the Tay Bridge with a Dundee - Edinburgh train in 1983, while two figures walk along the down line. The piers of the ill-fated original bridge still stand alongside.

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

William McGonagall (1825-1902)
John Furnevel 05/04/1983

A funeral procession with damnation was given to the undertakers of the Newport railway 50 years ago, in May 1969, when it made its final journey to Dundee.

The Newport line was opened in 1879, connected to the Tay Bridge, but the opening of the road bridge over the river in 1966 sounded its death knell.
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Newport-on-Tay East: A sunny morning in East Station Place, Newport on Tay, in May 2005, showing the converted Newport-on-Tay East Station. View towards Tayport.
John Furnevel 10/05/2005

Tayport: The signal box at Tayport North in 1962.
Colin Miller //1962

Wormit: Tay Bridge South box viewed from the platforms of the closed Wormit station in 1989. Perhaps the signalman likes red cars see image [[3990]] for a similar view 16 years later, by which time the box was painted red.
Ewan Crawford //1989

Network Rail and main contractor Taziker have won best entry at the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards for the £75m restoration of the Tay Bridge.
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Historic images of the original architectural drawings of the Forth Bridge, Paddington station and even Isambard Kingdom Brunel's signature have been captured and published for the first time on a new Network Rail virtual archive, bringing together 19th century engineering and 21st century technology.

The website celebrates the heritage of today's railway infrastructure and provides public access to view a special selection of the Network Rail archive, which holds over five million records.

Visitors to the site can chart the history of the railway's most significant structures and stations including the Forth Bridge, the Tay Bridge, Box Tunnel, and many main line stations. The archive holds records by the most famous railway engineers including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson, Joseph Locke and William Henry Barlow.
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One of Scotland's worst rail tragedies, the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster, is to be commemorated with a permanent memorial to the 75 people killed when the bridge collapsed more than 130 years ago.

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Tay Bridge: Renovation work continues on the Tay Bridge in June 2007.
Adrian Coward 09/06/2007

Tay Bridge: Superstructure of the High Girders being renovated. 14.08.07. The supports look longer as it is neap tide.
Brian Forbes 14/08/2007

Tay Bridge: A Type 2 crosses the Tay Bridge with a Dundee - Edinburgh train in 1983, while two figures walk along the down line. The piers of the ill-fated original bridge still stand alongside.

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

William McGonagall (1825-1902)
John Furnevel 05/04/1983

Network Rail has announced the creation of 75 new jobs as part of a £20m contract to help restore the Tay Bridge, the longest bridge on Britain's rail network and a vital link to the north east of Scotland.
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Abseilers will soon be seen on the Tay Bridge as Network Rail begins a 3-year refurbishment project on the class A listed structure which will obviate the need for further major maintenance over the next 25 years. The 70 trains a day using the 2 mile long bridge will not be disrupted by the work.
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Tay Bridge: An unidentified Class 170 crosses the Tay Bridge into Dundee on the 11th July 2019. Taken from the V&A viewing balcony, which may offer a good photo of the bridge if you have a long lens!
Iain Teaz 11/07/2019

Tay Bridge: Tay Bridge seen from a train crossing over it. North end.
Ewan Crawford //

Tay Bridge: Scottish Inter city logos on the two power cars, but as yet unliveried coaches, on an Aberdeen to Edinburgh HST service on 21st March 2019.
Gordon Steel 21/03/2019

Very stong winds and rain impacted on most of Scotland's rail services in this period. The heaviest rain since 1822 fell in Carlisle causing widespread flooding when the River Eden burst its banks, a P&O ferry was blown onto the shore at Cairnryan and passengers and crew spent 30 hours aboard before re-floating. The Highland Main line was closed repeatedly due to flooding at Dalguise and Kingussie. Both the Forth and Tay bridges were closed. On the 12th the entire ScotRail network was closed as winds gusts reached 124mph. Routes were re-opened once proved safe. The Edinburgh - Glasgow line re-opened at 0715 with trains running at a restricted 50mph. Most lines re-opened although the Glasgow-Paisley line closed with an overhead line fault at Ibrox. The Highland Main Line, Carlisle-Lockerbie/Dumfries, Mallaig, Kyle and Wick lines remained closed. The front cover of the Scotsman featured a spectacular photograph of a train being engulfed by a wave at Saltcoats. The Highland Main Line re-opened on the 13th.
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To mark the end of the Tay Bridge's refurbishment a plaque has been unveiled at Riverside Drive. This was awarded by the Saltire Society to Network Rail.
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It was announced at the RPC meeting that completion of the Tay Bridge refurbishment in April restored the route to RA8. This will allow freight to pass over the bridge.

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Post Hatfield Crash repairs

On the 15th there were three locations affected by Gauge Corner Cracking.

200 points and 75,000 yards of track have been renewed.

Junction remodeling

40 junctions which are known to be bottlenecks are to be remodeled.

Speed restrictions

As of the 15th 53 speed restrictions existed in Scotland.

New station facilities and station regeneration

81 stations have been identified for new toilets.

New Information Systems (CIS) will be installed at Hyndland, Partick and Queen Street Low Level.

Partick station is to be refurbished and platforms resurfaced.

Gourock station is due to be rebuilt and Railtrack is in discussion with developers.

Perth station is to be regenerated with footbridges and canopies renewed.

Broughty Ferry has been rebuilt at the cost of £1,000,000.

Train Protection Warning System

Installation of Train Protection Warning System on Scotland's railways and trains continues and is expected to be complete by December 2002.

Edinburgh Crossrail

The contracts for the Edinburgh Crossrail scheme (reopening of freight only route from Portobello to Brunstane and Newcraighall to passengers) have been signed with the council and contractors.

Stirling to Alloa and Dunfermline

The details of reopening the closed but mostly extant line from Stirling to Alloa and on to Kincardine have not yet been resolved.

Larkhall to Milngavie

Although there have been some doubts about the reopening of the closed line between Larkhall and Hamilton, Railtrack and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive are continuing discussions.

Aberdeen to Inverness improvements

Railtrack is considering its options for improving capacity of the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

A loop may be opened at Orton.

Forres loop may be altered to run by the Forres goods loop and a two platform station opened on the loop.

Signalboxes between Elgin and Nairn may be closed.

Proposals will be drawn up to 'level 4' (complete design) and given to the Strategic Rail Authority by the end of the year. Actual changes will be delayed as work on signaling is being focused on installing Train Protection Warning System until December 2002.

Members of the RPC and public suggested that perhaps a section of double track at the beginning of the route in Aberdeen and Inverness would help - such as that which the Inverness and Perth has. It was also commented that the station at Keith can be a bottleneck as the loop is located to the east of the station - a train at the station has to occupy the Keith to Elgin section and consequently trains have to be held at Keith loop or Elgin loop when there is a train at the station.

Cornton Level Crossing

Cornton Level crossing, by Stirling, is fitted with cameras which photograph every road vehicle which passes through the lights at red. 250 vehicles were photographed between January and May this year, many belonging to local people. The crossing has been checked and complies to safety standards. The council and Railtrack are considering further traffic calming options including permanent closure of the road.


The council in Dundee is considering opening a station at Ninewells which would serve new developments in the area, the airport and Ninewells Hospital.

Tay Bridge repair

Repairs to the Tay Bridge are due to be complete in 2003 and will allow higher speed running on the bridge and freight to pass over it.

Edinburgh Park

Railtrack and New Edinburgh Ltd have resolved difficulties and a station at Edinburgh Park can now be built. It could be open by 2003.
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