The Forth Bridge

I can’t say I actually like the Forth Bridge, just north of Edinburgh. It’s the older railway bridge I’m talking about here. It’s big. I think it’s quite ugly, but there’s no doubt it is iconic.

My first experience of it was back in 1970. We were on a train down from Dundee and it was a good old diesel unit with a view out of the front. Unfortunately it was very misty and just about nothing could be seen.

So we’ll zap on to 2005 when we stopped at the viewing point just off the road bridge.

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And there she is. The bridge dates from 1890 and was deigned, on the cantilever principle by John Fowler and Benjamin Baker.

There’s a way of demonstrating the way a cantilever system works at this viewing point.

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And of course you can see the suspension road bridge as well.

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