NT1379 : View of the Forth Bridge from the Road Bridge

taken 4 months ago, near to Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh, Great Britain

View of the Forth Bridge from the Road Bridge
View of the Forth Bridge from the Road Bridge
A view of the original Forth Bridge from the southbound carriageway of the Forth Road Bridge.
The Forth Bridge

The 1˝ mile Forth Bridge was the world’s first major steel bridge. It was begun in 1883 and formally completed on 4 March 1890 when HRH Edward Prince of Wales tapped into place a ‘golden’ rivet.

It is often incorrectly called the Forth Rail Bridge or Forth Railway Bridge to distinguish it from the nearby Forth Road Bridge which was opened in 1964. The rail bridge connects Edinburgh with Fife, and acts as a major artery connecting the north-east and south-east of the country. The bridge is a category A listed building (LB9977 LinkExternal link Historic Environment Scotland).

Painting the Forth Bridge became a metaphor for a never-ending task, because a team of painters took three years to paint it all, by which time the first bits they had done needed to be re-done, so they started all over again. More advanced and longer-lasting paints now make this unnecessary.

Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film The 39 Steps includes a scene on the bridge and it is featured even more prominently in the 1959 remake of the same film, although there is no reference to the bridge in the original novel by John Buchan upon which the films are based.

LinkExternal link Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust
LinkExternal link Wikipedia entry

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Thursday, 5 March, 2020   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 28 June, 2020
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Historic sites and artefacts  Estuary, Marine 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 134 795 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.0472N 3:23.3611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 125 800
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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