Forth Bridge

Location type

Bridge

Name and dates

Forth Bridge (1890-)

Opened on the Forth Bridge Railway.

Description

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.

The cantilevers were engineered by Benjamin Baker and John Fowler. The approach viaducts were engineered by James Carsewell. The contractor was William Arroll. Construction began in 1882 and the bridge opened in 1890, with the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) driving the last ceremonial rivet.

Tags

Bridge Cantilever

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
07/11/2019




Nearby stations
New Halls
South Queensferry Halt
South Queensferry [1st]
Dalmeny
North Queensferry [1st]
North Queensferry
Port Edgar
Dalmeny [1st]
Inverkeithing [1st]
Rosyth Dockyard
Inverkeithing
Kirkliston
Dalgety Bay
Donibristle Platform
Rosyth
Battery Quarry
Forth Bridge North Signal Box
Port Edgar Harbour
North British Creosote Works
St Margaret's Tunnel
Dalmeny Junction
North Queensferry Tunnel
Castlandhill Siding
Dalmeny Oil Works
Providence Siding
Cruiks Quarry
Ferryhills Signal Box
Tourist/other
Hawes Pier
Carlingnose Submarine Mining Pier
Port Laing Submarine Mines Depot
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Forth Bridge in figures


Whole bridge
Overall length2766 yards
Cost£ 3,000,000
'Briggers'4,600
Main structure
TowersThree
CaissonsFour per tower
Rail height over high water156 ft
Height of towers over high water361 ft
Tower main tubes diameter12 ft
Steel50,958 tons
Rivets8,000,000 (estimated)
Approach viaducts
PiersGranite
Southern viaductFour arches, ten girders
Northern viaductFive girders, three arches



Dates

  /  /1879Forth Bridge Railway
Sir Thomas Bouch loses the contract to build the Forth Bridge after collapse of his Tay Bridge [1st].
  /  /1890Sir William Arrol and Company
Complete the Forth Bridge.
  /  /1898Cowdenbeath North Junction to Lumphinnans Central Junction (North British Railway)
Line authorised, in connection with the Forth Bridge.

Books


100 Years of the Forth Bridge

An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

Battle for the North: The Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th Century Railway Wars

Battle for the North: The Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th-Century Railway Wars: The Building of the Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th Century Railway Wars

Bridge Across the Century: Story of the Forth Bridge

Edinburgh To Inverkeithing.: including The Port Edgar, North Queensferry And Rosyth Dockyard Branches. (Scottish Main Lines.)

Forth Bridge: A Picture History

Forth Railway Bridge: A Celebration

Forth Railway Bridge: A Celebration

How They Built The Forth Railway Bridge A Victorian Magic Lantern Show

John Fowler, Benjamin Baker: Forth Bridge (Opus)

Steamers of the Forth: Ferry Crossings and River Sailings, Vol. 1

The Briggers: The Story of the Men Who Built the Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge (Souvenir Guide) (Souvenir guides)

The Forth Bridge: A Picture History

The Forth Bridge: A Picture History

The Forth Bridges Through Time