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Victorian railways: Tay Bridge Disaster (audio)
Mini-drama about the accident that happened in 1879 on the original railway bridge spanning the River Tay in Scotland. As a young man, George worked in the foundry that made the bolts for the new bridge over the river, which at two miles long was the longest bridge in the world and was situated right beneath his cottage. One of the girders supporting the bridge had been damaged after an accident, and one day while travelling across the bridge on the train, he and his wife hear an ominous noise. They warn the station master, but that evening there is a storm and they can hear the girders of the bridge groaning. They heard the evening mail train approaching the bridge and next morning discover the bridge has collapsed and the train fallen into the river with the loss of all passengers on board.
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