Made in Dundee

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    29 Nov 2018
    Clock 70min      Length2mi
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    Perth Road

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    When back on the main road, turn to your right and cross at the pedestrian crossing.

    I said at the start that this tour would go beyond the well-known stories of Dundee. One of the most well-known stories about Dundee is the Tay Bridge disaster. On 28 December 1879 a Dundee-bound train crossed the bridge in a storm. The bridge collapsed and the train fell into the icy waters of the Tay. Between 70 and 85 people lost their lives.

    The exact cause of the disaster is still debated and the catastrophe has assumed an air of tragicomedy due to the fact that it is the subject of William McGonagall's most famous poem, the appropriately named "The Tay Bridge Disaster".

    The McGonagall memorial walk beside the river has the first lines of the poem engraved into the ground: "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."