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The 1878 official opening of the first Tay Bridge was marked by a train load of dignitaries crossing at the impressive speed of 40km/h. A century and a quarter later, this is roughly the same pace at which today's trains are allowed to cross the new bridge. The intervening period has seen the slimline old bridge collapse, a new structure built partly from the original's remains, and then this crossing itself fall into 'disrepair', forcing the refurbishment contract.