Best of Scottish railway design on show at Dundee V&A

By Hugh Dougherty

RAILWAY design has not been forgotten at the newly-opened £80 million V&A Dundee gallery of design history thanks to exhibits within the iconic building’s Scottish Design Galleries.

The original Tay Bridge before disaster struck in 1879.

Appropriately for Dundee, there are engineering drawings for building the replacement and present day Tay Bridge, as well as a picture of the original ill-fated structure before its collapse in high winds on December 28, 1879.

The gallery points out that Thomas Bouch’s flawed design was regarded as a design classic before its high girders failed, taking a train into the stormy Tay with them.

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