Forth Bridge Railway

Introduction

The Forth Bridge is still in use by trains today. The bridge is owned by Network Rail. ScotRail and other Intercity services use the bridge. The Forth Bridge Railway was joint-owned by a number of railway companies and ran from Inverkeithing station to Dalmeny station. The bridge is also known as The Forth Rail Bridge by some to distinguish it from the 1960s Forth Road Bridge.

A new Inverkeithing station was opened just to the north as the former Inverkeithing [1st] station was left on a branch, rather than the main line.



Dates

  /  /1873Forth Bridge Railway
Forth Bridge Railway authorised
  /  /1879Forth Bridge Railway
Sir Thomas Bouch loses the contract to build the Forth Bridge after collapse of his Tay Bridge [1st].
  /  /1883Forth Bridge Railway
Construction of Bridge, designed by Henry Fowler and Benjamin Baker, begins. Contractor; Sir William Arrol and Company.
  /  /1886Forth Bridge Railway
The three towers of the bridge start being erected.
  /  /1887Forth Bridge Railway
The towers are complete.
04/03/1890Forth Bridge Railway
Bridge opened by HRH Prince of Wales driving the last rivet.
01/01/1948British RailwaysForth Bridge RailwayLondon, Midland and Scottish RailwayLondon and North Eastern Railway
Britains railways are nationalised.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This junction is south of Dalmeny station. Lines from Edinburgh (Saughton Junction) and the west (Winchburgh Junction) meet before passing through Dalmeny station and crossing the Forth Bridge.
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170477 with the 14.02 from Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh, south of Dalmeny Junction on 11 May. ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2014
A Fife bound train passing Dalmeny Junction in the summer of 2008 on the climb up to the Forth Bridge. Dalmeny station can be seen in the centre ...
John Furnevel 26/06/2008
A returning Fife Circle train heads south past the loops at Dalmeny on 22 August 2011. Meantime, the 1118 Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath has just arrived at ...
John Furnevel 22/08/2011
In the final week of Winchburgh diversions, 158733 on a local from Fife waits to follow a reversing Dunblane-Edinburgh train at Dalmeny Junction on 21 ...
John Yellowlees 21/07/2015

This is a two platform station located just south of the Forth Bridge on its southern approach embankment. It was briefly known as Forth Bridge when first opened (signs read 'Forth Bridge for South Queensferry'). The station retains several of its original buildings. The main station building, of typical North British Railway design, is on the northbound platform. A sandstone former ...

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An Edinburgh-bound class 170 rushes through Dalmeny station on 26 August. ...
Colin Miller 26/08/2014
A Fife local comes off the bridge and into Dalmeny - to pick up me. Electrification of Fife services is a long-term aim. I don't know about you but I ...
David Panton 22/05/2018
Northbound 47 hauled train passing north through Dalmeny. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
40133 enters Dalmeny with empty mineral wagons, possibly from Methil Power Station, in 1983.
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Bill Roberton //1983

This double track bridge consists of three double cantilevers approached by viaducts at either end. Overall it is 1.5 miles long. The bridge crosses the Firth of Forth between Dalmeny and North Queensferry. The bridge is known for its red colour, originally from the red oxide paint used.
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Silhouettes.
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David Prescott 06/07/2018
A Kings Cross to Aberdeen HST nears North Queensferry as it crosses the Forth Bridge in August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 25/08/2018
The 1517 Edinburgh to Cowdenbeath and the 1434 Dundee to Edinburgh pass on the northern approach to the Forth Bridge on 6th July 2018.
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David Prescott 06/07/2018
The 1434 Dundee-Edinburgh Class 170 crosses the Forth Bridge on 6th July 2018.
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David Prescott 06/07/2018

This is a two platform station with a footbridge and original building on the southbound platform. The smaller building on the northbound platform has not survived. To the immediate south is the Forth Bridge and to the north the North Queensferry Tunnel.
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A poster at North Queensferry Station celebrates the UNESCO connection. ...
John Yellowlees 26/07/2017
An excellent exhibition is being staged in North Queensferry station to mark the centenary of the surrender of the German Fleet in the Firth of Forth ...
John Yellowlees 03/11/2018
43036 powers through North Queensferry at the head of a Scotrail HST set on 23rd July 2019.
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Jim Prentice 23/07/2019
A northbound Fife local calls at North Ferry on a damp 25 November 2019 while a fast train retreats onto the bridge. It seems the secret to avoiding ...
David Panton 25/11/2019

North Queensferry Tunnel (460 yards) was originally built as a cutting, but to keep the local landowner happy a tunnel roof was built to disguise the smoke or noise or both. Also known as Ferryhills Tunnel. ...

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107 729 coasts downhill from Ferryhills Tunnel (also known as North Queensferry Tunnel) with an Edinburgh - Fife local in April 1990. The hybrid ...
Bill Roberton /04/1990
To the north of North Queensferry station the railway passes through the North Queensferry Tunnel. This tunnel is, curiously, immediately below the ...
Ewan Crawford 11/12/2004

This signal box was located on the west side of the line north of North Queensferry Tunnel.
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Looking south west towards Jamestown Viaduct from the Inverkeithing direction on 19 June 2006, with a Waverley bound First ScotRail DMU heading ...
John Furnevel 19/06/2006
A mid morning ScotRail service bound for Cowdenbeath runs through the rock cutting shortly after leaving the Forth Bridge in June 2006. After passing ...
John Furnevel 20/06/2006
Freightliner 66619 coming off Jamestown Viaduct with an Aberdeen - Oxwellmains cement train about to pass 170433 on a northbound service. ...
Bill Roberton 15/07/2015
67001 climbs away from Inverkeithing with the 17.08 Edinburgh - Fife - Edinburgh commuter train on 12 July 2011. The train has just crossed Jamestown ...
Bill Roberton 12/07/2011

Just south of Inverkeithing South Junction on the route to the Forth Bridge. 418 yards. ...

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44871 passes the allotments to the south of Inverkeithing tunnel with the 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' SRPS excursion returning to Linlithgow on ...
Bill Roberton 18/08/2019
66746 nears Inverkeithing Tunnel with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh, heading to Aviemore because of the Aberdeen - Dyce blockade. Those trees ...
Bill Roberton 14/05/2018
DRS 68007 coasts downhill towards Inverkeithing Tunnel with a Haymarket - Cowdenbeath shuttle service, tailed by 68006. ...
Bill Roberton 07/12/2015
GBRf 66736 draws a ballast train past the lifted Up line on the approach to Inverkeithing Tunnel. ...
Bill Roberton 12/03/2017

This junction is south of Inverkeithing station. Lines to the Forth Bridge and Rosyth Dockyard divide here. The signal box here closed in 1972, control being taken over by Inverkeithing Central Junction signal box.
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Class J35 0-6-0 64505 approaching Inverkeithing on 22 March 1961 with a late afternoon service from Rosyth dockyard. [Ref query 27 February 2019] The ...
David Murray-Smith 22/03/1961
66743 passes Inverkeithing South Junction with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith on 16 April. ...
Bill Roberton 16/04/2018
Taken from a footbridge, looking towards the road bridge carrying King street and the Fife Coastal path over the Rosyth Dockyard Branch. The junction ...
Alan Cormack 27/12/2018
170 477 embarks on the climb form Inverkeithing station to the Forth
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David Panton 22/01/2011