Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge – Forth Rail Bridge

In response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week, I’m submitting four photos of Scotland’s most famous and iconic landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge. This amazing structure, a cantilever railway bridge, was opened on the 4th March, 1890, after a period of 8 years worth of construction.

Forth Rail Bridge from Newhalls Road, South Queensferry
Forth Rail Bridge from Newhalls Road, South Queensferry

For nearly 30 years after it first opened, it was the worlds longest cantilever bridge, spanning the Firth of Forth with a length of just over 1.5 miles. The bridge was the first ever major construction to use steel, (its contemporary, the Eiffel Tower, was built of wrought iron), and it took nearly 60,000 tons of the metal to construct it.

Forth Rail Bridge - southern end
Forth Rail Bridge – southern end

 

Forth Rail Bridge at night from South Queensferrry
Forth Rail Bridge at night from South Queensferrry

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge – Forth Rail Bridge

  1. Just read your “About”. You are NOT an amateur photographer and you certainly capture the “different” as you mentioned you love to do. Thank you for sharing information about what your photos are too. Wish I was better at that. On a final note, I love that you are from Scotland! It’s amazing to me how we can be all over the world and enjoy the same things. We have never been to Scotland, and it is on our list. It will be nice to be knowledgeable when the day comes.

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    1. Thank you for the huge compliment Donna, it’s really appreciated 🙂
      And I’m glad you appreciate the extra information about most of my photos 🙂 Scotland is an amazing place, maybe not quite on a par with Arizona, you definitely have much more open countryside to just go out and explore, but we do have some wonderful old towns and villages, and of course the coast 🙂
      If you do manage to get across here, I’m sure you would have a fantastic time 🙂

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    1. Thank you Tina, I was chuffed the way they turned out. And it is an amazing structure, and still going strong even after 127 years of use………….. unlike the road bridge, which was built in 1964, and is about to be replaced by a second road bridge, due to open next month!

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    1. Thank you Linda 🙂
      And it’s not really that surprising Linda, things were built to last up until about the end of the second world war, but since then, it’s been all about maximising profits, and making things as cheaply as possible! A very short term view of the world, and costs in the long term, but unfortunately, the way of the world nowadays 😦

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