The History of Leith

April 22, 2010

The Bouch Memorial-The Dean Cemetery Edinburgh

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(c) John Arthur

Sir Thomas Bouch (pronounced /?ba?t?/) (25 February 1822 – 30 October 1880) was a British railway engineer in Victorian Britain.

He was born in Thursby, Cumberland, England and lived in Edinburgh. He helped develop the caisson and the roll-on/roll-off train ferry. He worked initially for the North British Railway and helped design parts of Waverley Station in Edinburgh. He set up as an independent consultant, during which time he built a rail line to St Andrews in Fife. The railway suffered numerous mishaps owing to poor quality engineering, such as the use of old rail lines. He also built a number of railway bridges, at Belah and Deepdale on an important cross-Pennines route (now defunct), but which survived until the Beeching Axe in the 1960s. His negligence led to the Tay Bridge Disaster, which destroyed his reputation shortly before his death. for more click here

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