NT1380 : Forth Bridge, view south

taken 14 years ago, near to North Queensferry, Fife, Great Britain

Forth Bridge, view south
Forth Bridge, view south
The Forth Rail Bridge was started in 1883 and opened by Edward, Prince of Wales on 4 March 1890. The bridge was constructed by Tancred-Arrol to a design by civil engineers Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker.

It was built as three separate double cantilevers and the bridge is balanced by 1000 ton counterweights on the outside of the outer cantilever structures. The towers reach a height of 361ft. Construction involved the use of over 54,000 tons of steel and 6.5 million rivets.

There used to be a continuous program of painting however the bridge is now being repaired and painted. Each rivet is being checked individually and replaced if required. The steel is being sand-blasted and repainted with special paint that has a longer life span than previously. The bridge will take 10 years to repair and paint and the paint will have a 30-year life span.

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Photograph taken by Neil Armstrong.
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NT1380, 323 images   (more nearby search)
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Lisa Jarvis   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 31 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 2 September, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 133 801 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.3799N 3:23.4982W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 133 801
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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