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1879: Railroad Bridge Collapsed
The railroad bridge across the estuary of Scotland's Tay River was one of the great engineering projects of the Victorian era. Consisting of 85 spans and nearly two miles long, it was the longest bridge in the world when it was completed in 1878. Just 19 months after it opened, on the stormy night of December 28, 1879, with a strong gale blowing down the estuary, the bridge collapsed into the river. A train with six carriages plunged into the water, killing 75 and leaving no survivors. The engineer who had designed the bridge became ill and died ten months later. This disaster remains the British Isles' worst structural engineering failure.
Two accounts of the Tay Bridge disaster: http://www.tts1.demon.co.uk/tay.html