Forth Bridge


John Fowler, 1817–98, and Benjamin Baker, 1840–1907

Edinburgh, UK; 1883–90

Trains leaving Edinburgh for the north of Scotland, taking passengers up the east coast to Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness, cross the Forth estuary by a bridge with an arresting appearance. It was Britain’s first steel bridge, using hollow steel tubes for its main structure, and has two main spans of 521.3 metres (1,710 feet) each, carrying the railway tracks 46 metres (151 feet) above high tide.

The nineteenth century was a heroic age of bridge-building, with spectacular structures such as Telford’s Menai Bridge of 1819–26 (a suspension bridge made in iron) ...

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