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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

COURIER'S DISASTER SUPPLEMENT - 1979

On the 28th December 1979, the Courier brought out this special 4 page supplement to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the Rail Bridge disaster.
The top photo tells you a bit about the technical details of the bridge design, the enquiry verdict and the evidence the court missed.
The other 3 pages consist of facsimiles of the Courier's original front page coverage dated 29/30/31 December 1879, with the second photo a glimpse of one of them - the report on the 29th containing the first news of the disaster.
It also tells of other damage in town caused by the hurricane - chimneys crashing down, roof tiles flying off, trees being uprooted etc.
I've also included a cartoon on the same theme which again, was published in 1979 to mark the occasion. It depicts the train driver as a bit of an Evel Knievel type character!
You may also recall, in Anniversary year (1979) another train disaster occurred just along the road in Invergowrie, resulting in a few deaths and carriages falling into the Tay.
Spooky!!

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