o The Frog Blog: Forth Railway Bridge

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Forth Railway Bridge


Today, in 1890, the Forth Railway Bridge was opened, spanning the Forth river between Edinburgh and Dundee, Scotland. It remains the main railway link over the "Forth", crossed by about 200 trains a day. It was built between 1882 and 1890 for the Forth Bridge Railway Company, a consortium set up by the North British, North Eastern, Great Northern and Midland Railways. Pioneering the use of mild steel (in place of wrought iron) in large structures, it was designed by John Fowler and Benjamin Baker and built by Tancred Arrol and Co. Its total length being 8300-ft is comprised of 3 double cantilevers and high approach girders. It is currently being painted, a job that takes over four years. To find out more about this amazing bridge, click here.

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