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

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

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

170477 with the 14.02 from Glenrothes with Thornton to Edinburgh, south of Dalmeny Junction on 11 May. ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2014
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
Power car 43295 leads the 10.00 East Coast HST from Kings Cross to Aberdeen uphill towards Dalmeny Junction on 11 May 2014. ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2014

This is a two platform station located just south of the Forth Bridge. The station retains its original buildings. The main station building is on the northbound platform.
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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
An Edinburgh-bound class 170 rushes through Dalmeny station on 26 August. ...
Colin Miller 26/08/2014
Unbranded 43126 on (seemingly endless) driver training duties comes off the bridge and through Dalmeny station on 22 May. It's heading for Platform 0 ...
David Panton 22/05/2018
117 301 on a Cowdenbeath service at Dalmeny in March 1999. ...
David Panton /03/1999

This double track bridge consists of three double cantilevers approached by viaducts at either end. It is 1.5 miles long. The bridge crosses the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry and North Queensferry.
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Silhouettes.
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David Prescott 06/07/2018
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
Three Forth Bridges in one view;

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Crinan Dunbar 03/09/2017
A Kings Cross to Aberdeen HST nears North Queensferry as it crosses the Forth Bridge in August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 25/08/2018

This is a two platform station with a footbridge and original building on the southbound platform. To the immediate south is the Forth Bridge and to the north the North Queensferry Tunnel.
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158710, with a Fife Circle service, arriving at North Queensferry station on 24th July 2017.
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David Bosher 24/07/2017
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
One of the excellent quality displays in the 'Destination Forth' exhibition in North Queensferry Station, marking the centenary of the surrender of ...
John Yellowlees Collection 03/11/2018

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

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
The deep rock cutting between the Forth Bridge and Jamestown Viaduct in 2006 looking south. ...
John Furnevel /06/2006
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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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 on 03/09/1972, control being taken over by Inverkeithing Central Junction signal box. ...

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66743 passes Inverkeithing South Junction with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith on 16 April. ...
Bill Roberton 16/04/2018
170 477 embarks on the climb form Inverkeithing station to the Forth
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David Panton 22/01/2011
37685 and 37516 drop down past Inverkeithing South Junctionon 26 May with The Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith. The Rosyth Dockyard ...
Bill Roberton 26/05/2014
DRS 37688 passes Inverkeithing South Junction with a Slateford - Inverness inspection train on 18 January. ...
Bill Roberton 18/01/2016